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  • Writer's pictureJoanna Loughran

Elevating Family Bonds: A Playful Approach to Achieving Shared Goals

When delving into the realm of goal-setting, thoughts often revolve around personal aspirations like weight loss, education, or self-improvement. While personal objectives are crucial, have you ever considered the impact of setting goals as a family unit? Sure, it is still important for each family member to pursue individual goals, but the unique bond that forms when working together towards a common objective is irreplaceable.

Here is my simple list of goal-setting suggestions to set your family on a path to success while creating cherished memories along the way and a guide to putting it into action

1. Make it enjoyable.

Amidst the hustle of daily life, introducing another task might not be appealing. To ensure everyone is on board, make goal-setting fun! Turn it into a game for younger children or discuss family goals over their favorite dessert. For older kids, involve them in the decision-making process, as choosing goals is often more enjoyable than being told what to do.

2. Acknowledge achievements.

Start your planning on a positive note by highlighting what your family is already doing well. Recognize efforts such as keeping rooms tidy or contributing to household chores. This builds a foundation of encouragement that fosters a positive atmosphere for setting and achieving new goals.

3. Identify necessary changes.

Ask each family member to suggest something they'd like to achieve collectively. Compile a list with input from everyone, discuss the options, and seek feedback. Determine the priorities based on family responses, and formulate plans on how to achieve these goals.

4. Think short-term for long-term success.

In the game of goal-setting, momentum is crucial. Set short-term goals to achieve quick wins, boosting confidence for tackling larger objectives. Celebrate small victories, creating a positive cycle of success that propels your family towards more significant accomplishments.

5. Be SMART.

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." Apply the SMART criteria (Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic, Timely) to your family goals. For instance, if saving for a family cruise, specify the amount, create a measurable plan, take action by setting aside money regularly, ensure it's realistic for your circumstances, and set a deadline for added urgency.

6. Follow up.

Consistency and commitment are essential for achieving long-term goals. Regular progress reviews allow you to identify any issues promptly and re-energize your family's commitment. Follow the steps outlined above – make it fun, celebrate achievements, address changes, focus on short-term activities, and ensure your goals remain SMART.

To inspire your family goal-setting journey, here are ten examples to spark your creativity:

  1. Create a family calendar

  2. Save for an annual family vacation

  3. Plan healthy meals together

  4. Assign individual household chores

  5. Plant a family garden

  6. Choose a volunteer service project

  7. Begin a new family tradition

  8. Enjoy device-free dinners together

  9. Visit somewhere new each month

  10. Start planning a family reunion

Embark on this journey with your family, and you'll not only achieve your goals but also strengthen the bonds that make your family unique. This will also create healthy habits for your children because setting goals is essential for providing direction, motivation, and a sense of purpose in your life. Whether personal or professional, goals can guide your actions, facilitate personal growth, and contribute to a more fulfilling and successful life.

Now we understand the benefits... where do you start?

  • Assemble your vision board supplies. The beauty of creating a vision board lies in its flexibility—there are no strict rules. Utilize materials that resonate with you. While here's a suggested list, feel free to unleash your creativity:

  • Poster board

  • Magazines and images

  • Stickers/embellishments

  • Tape or glue

  • Scissors

  • Seek inspiration from your collected materials. Jump into the enjoyable process of sifting through magazines and pictures to find images, words, or sayings that align with your family's goals and inspire you. Pro tip: Cut out all the items you need first before arranging and affixing them to your board in one go.

  • Place your cutouts onto the board using tape or glue. With all your selected items ready, it's time to organize them on the board. Group similar pictures together; for example, organize all travel-related images in one section. This organizational approach makes it easier to connect with your goals daily.

  • Enhance your board with stickers and embellishments. Embrace creativity with stickers, gems, borders, and more. Let your vision board reflect the unique flair and personality of your family.

  • Showcase it prominently in your home for everyone to see. While the board itself may not possess magical powers, the magic lies in the collaborative process of creating it and displaying it prominently in your daily life. Regularly seeing the board serves as a powerful reminder of your family's shared aspirations, sparking discussions and potentially inspiring concrete actions towards achieving those goals.

Below is ours for inspiration :-)

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