Goal setting. What does that mean for you?
For most people, it could mean setting milestones for weight loss, spending habits or self-improvement exercises. But these are personal goals and require self-discipline.
However when it comes to setting goals for a group, like a blended family, what’s the best way to go about it?
In this article, we will be giving you four tips on how to set realistic milestones for your family.
1. Make it fun
To be sincere, everyone already has a lot to do between house chores, homework, school work and responsibilities. Nobody wants another task.
If you want your family’s contribution to the goal-setting ritual, then you need to get their attention by making it fun- turn it into a game or talk about it while serving them their favorite meal. If you have kids that are grown, let them also have a say in determining the goals and rewards.
2. Identify necessary changes
According to results on google, a goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. This means stopping bad habits and adopting good ones. You can ask each family member to state a goal they will like to accomplish with everyone else. After this, you can compile a list that contains everyone’s choice, go through it and request for feedback. Based on the responses, you will be able to determine which goal requires more priority. That way you can start taking steps towards meeting them.
3. Think short-term for a long-term success
When setting goals, momentum is important. Short-term goals will help you achieve some quick wins which will also give you the confidence needed to set bigger goals. For example, if you want to save money for a family vacation a year from now, set a goal to save at least $100 in the first month and celebrate your win when you achieve this. If you want to set up a community project as a family, ask each person to submit at least two suggestions for the project. When you have everyone’s opinion, let them know that you’ve achieved what you planned to do. Success breeds Success.
4. Be SMART
According to a quote by Antoine de Saint- Exupery, “A goal without a plan is just a wish”.
If you are going to set goals for your blended family, then you are going to make it Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic, and Timely(SMART). Just like the scenario illustrated earlier, you can set the goal as “save 30,000 for a beach house” instead of “saving for a beach house”. By attaching a number, you’ve made your goal more specific and measurable. To achieve it, you will need to save money on a regular basis, which makes it action-based. The realistic factor bower depends on income and expenses.
Lastly you should set a deadline, it will create a sense of urgency and give you a time-frame to track your progress.
With all these tips listed above, one thing you should note is that without support from everyone, you might not be able to meet your goals. Check with your stepkid(s) parent and see if they will love to give their input or better still, if they have separate goals planned out for their child.