Goal Setting – Family Goals (part 7)

 This is the seventh installment in my Goal Setting series.  In this article we will demonstrate the model set forth in the first episode for Family Goals.

As a recap:  You will recall that I am a firm believer in establishing goals across 8 unique facets of my life Spiritual, Financial, Career, Personal Development, Physical, Family, Social, and Household.  I name my approach after a 1998 Tom Wolfe novel, a Man in Full – because I like the imagery evoked by the title.

Our immediate family should be amongst our greatest treasures.  The return on having a plan to maintain those relationships is well worth the effort.

While these examples borrow from my own goals, these are genericized for demonstration purposes.


Man in Full – Success personified in this category resembles:

·         Proud Father

·         Perfect Marriage

5 Year Goals – Over this timeframe I will make the following strides towards actualizing my vision

·         (still) In Love with my wife

·         Children

1 Year Goals – This year I will make the following strides towards success

·         Open and shared goals with wife

·         Read 2 Family/Marriage Books

·         Schedule/Execute Vacation with wife

1 Month Goals – Monthly activity schedules may resemble

·         Monthly Date Nights with wife

·         Complete Books June/December

·         Weekend motorcycle trip with Dad (June or July)

Today – I will do something today that bends my behavior towards my vision

·         Say ‘I Love You’

·         Call someone

·         Clean the house

Just as Rome was not built in day and the longest journey begins with a single step, the power in this model is in how it causes us to consider our end product each day.  In this way we do not simply arrive at our destination as much as we invent habits and patterns that over time reveal our vision through us.

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