There are several types of goal setting exercises that can be adopted to suit the need of a family unit. These goals will vary greatly from one family to another, so there is a need to define what the family goals are as a unit and as individuals within the family. When this is successfully done then the identification of the necessary element that will produce the desired results can then be designed.
What Do You Want
Family goals are a very powerful way to build trust, communication, togetherness and many other positive elements. It‟s also a good way to encouraging children to learn how to set goals within their own little worlds. Here are some recommendations that can be followed in the pursuit to identifying and setting goals:
The exercise of setting goals should be done with the participation of every family member. This participation should be active rather than passive and age should not be a deterrent. Younger children can sometimes be surprisingly insightful and can come up with very workable solutions to a particular goal.
Limiting the amount of goals the family has to work with is also advised. When there is too much going on, there will be very little concentrated focus on actually making a success of the goal and its eventual positive results.
Identifying and setting the goals should not be limited to any particular time of the year or phase in a family member‟s life. These exercises should be done if and when necessary and is a spontaneous fashion to ensure there is not threatening feelings arising.
Setting up an incentive plan within the goal setting exercise will also encourage maximum participation and results of all the family members.
Sometimes it may be necessary to set a time frame for the intended goals set. This is to ensure some results can be forthcoming rather that constant procrastination.