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The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life

running up and down the field and never score – Bill Copeland

Ten years from now, where will you be? Will your children be grown and moved out of the house? smart goal setting Will you be a serial cruise ship passenger? Will you have retired? Will you have opened that little café?

If that’s too far for you, assess where you will be five years? Are you planning to get married or preparing to have another child? Will you be changing jobs?

Asking yourself these types of questions are springboards to developing a list of personal and/or professional goals. Aside from the clichés and the repeated statements about how important goals are, they are, in fact, the number one way to accomplish things in life.

Goals give you reason, purpose, and the drive that propels you forward. When you translate your dreams into goals, you transform Mount Everest into smaller walkable hills. Also, goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-oriented) hold you accountable, even if you happen to fail, but they also help you believe in yourself. Goals also tell you what you really want in life, and how to get it.

Whether you are planning on starting a family or a business or anything else, having goals allows you to set a plan in motion, and accomplish everything you dreamed.

Bill Copeland Quotation
Why You Need to Set Goals


It’s a New Year and a great time to set some fresh new goals for yourself and show your kids how they can do the same. Children live by example and what better example than to set yourself a goal, follow through and encourage them to do the same.

Here are some things to bear in mind when helping your children set goals.

  1. Start by sitting down with your children and explain what a goal is. A four or five year old is quite capable of understanding the concept of a goal. Explain, a goal is something positive that we want and are willing to work to achieve or obtain it. Most kids are new to this and may need some direction and support.
  2. Teach your child to visualize the outcome. Ask your child to close their eyes and imagine what their life will be like when they achieve their goal. Maybe they want to be more successful at school and come home with a better report card, maybe they want to be a stronger skater or have a healthier body. Ask them, “What will you be doing to achieve your goal?”. “How do you think you will feel during and after you’ve achieved it?” “What will this bring you?”
  3. Talk to your child about the reason/s why? “Why do you want this?” “Why do you want to do better in school, or be a better skater?”. Until they really understand why they want this and how it will make their life different, the goal is harder to achieve.

As one year ends and a New one begins, many people start talking and thinking about making New Year’s resolutions. We make resolutions to lose weight, exercise more or spend less, but are these the most important to you? How many of us take the time to really evaluate our families and set goals to grow together and become more connected. I challenge you to start 2011 by considering the ones you love most. Your family.

Have you dreamed of a family vacation, contemplated making a difference in your community by volunteering as a family or even thought about the impact sitting down on a regular bases to enjoy a meal together would make? The Me in a Tree goal application can help you achieve all this and more by helping you determine your goals and track your progress as well. This is one of the many applications Me in a Tree has to offer. Check it out!

I wish you all the success you strive for in 2011.