The Corum Crew is starting a NEW Tradition in 2016! We have decided to take each child out with us alone so we can reflect on the past year, set goals for the year ahead and give them feedback on areas we would like to help them grow in >>> Spiritually, Physically, Academically, and Financially. It’s hard to get one-on-one quality time with each of my 3 kids, who are very different, to be able to sit down, in a calm way, and discuss important life principles, unless I am intentional about it. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of doing things through discipline or in a rushed way.
Our GOAL date will change that!. Here’s to fresh starts and new beginnings.
We allow the kids to pick a place for us to discuss these goals. As you can see in the picture above, Isabella likes coffee. I use a Passion Planner Roadmap that helps to map out your goals and put pen to paper in ACTION.
Here are 8 steps that we go over to map our goals:
- MAKE A WISH LIST
Set a timer for five minutes. For the next five minutes, imagine that this piece of paper is magical; whatever you write in it will come true within the designated time frame. Think of it as a wish list describing your ideal life. Ask yourself,
“If I could have anything, be anything, or do anything, what would it be?”
This also can be called brain dumping. You do not need to be realistic, just write! Start DREAMING… and allow your kids to explore and SHARE. I was blown away of hear my daughter’s dream. These moments are priceless.
Ready. Set. Go.
Time’s up! Now set the timer for 1 minute. Go back and for each of the four sections, circle one goal that would have the MOST positive impact on your life.
READY. SET. GO.
These are the four goals that you are going to prioritize. Think of them as the most important destinations in your life right now. Now we are going to create a Passion Plan to map out how to get there. A Passion Plan is a mind map that visually breaks down your goals into steps that are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant and Time Bound.
- Create your first passion plan
Your Passion GameChanger is the goal that would have the most positive impact on your life right now. Write this goal down in the blank box below. If you are unsure of what to write, simply write the goal circled under your three month section. Set your timer for five minutes. Write down as many necessary steps you must take or tasks you must compete to get you to your goal; the more detailed the better. Connect each step to the middle box with a line (see example).
- Add specifics
Assign due dates for each of these tasks by estimating the amount of time needed to complete them. Be specific and be sure to indicate how much, how many, or by when.
- Create a timeline
Look over each task and write the number “1” next to the one that must be completed first. Add a number “2” next to the second task, and so on until all tasks are numbered.
- Make a date
Now write these tasks in the corresponding due dates in your weekly layout. Throughout the year, use these as checkpoints to keep you on track.
- Work at it!
For this goal, strive to do at least one productive thing every day before 10 AM to get you closer to your goal. Consistency is key: if you skip a day, be sure to make up for it the next day.
Repeat this process for as many goals as you’d like.
Teaching our kids how to set goals for themselves at an early age is important to their future success. I want my kids to start dreaming about their futures now. God has a plan for each of us, including our children. By establishing objectives and meditating on these desires during our prayer time we will have a better understanding if our goals are in-line with God’s plans for us. This is what I want my children to understand. A Goal Date is a fun and interactive way to talk seriously about making plans and figuring out what desires our kids have for their life. It’s important for me to know what ambitions my kids have for themselves now so that my husband and I can help them to accomplish their goals and we can also include these in our own quiet time with God.