Do you ever find yourself at the end of the year wondering where all the time went? Thinking about all those things you meant to do, and habits you wanted to instill, but just never seemed to get around to it?
Raising my hand.
This year I wanted to be more intentional. I’m not really a resolutions kind of person, I can just never really seem to follow through. But if you know me, you know I love my lists! So, I decided to look at the bigger picture and set goals for the year.
I came up with this little printable and had Nate fill one out too. We then went over the things we wanted for 2019 and combined our lists onto one. Here’s an example of what a completed printable might look like:
Ours hangs right on our refrigerator, so we have to look at it every day. It helps to motivate us.
In addition to the goals for this year, I also included 3, 5, and 10-year boxes at the bottom. I found it helpful to write down each family member’s age for that year. This part of the exercise is a little harder. It’s tough to picture what you want your life to look like 10 years from now! Here’ we just jotted down one or two really big things.
If nothing else, it was a fun exercise for Nate and I and helps to keep us on the same page in our marriage. We can better support, encourage, and motivate each other if we each know what the other wants to achieve, and makes us take a hard look at ourselves and what we want to accomplish.
You know how they say the little things become the big things? It’s the same with our actions. Having these big goals right up in front of our eyes every day, helps us to reassess all the little choices we’re making. ie – do I want to splurge on that new shiny thing when *really* what I want is to pay down my debt? Or, do I need that extra serving of ice cream when I’m trying to get healthy? (Depending on the day, maybe I do!)
I made a blank printable in case you’d like to print one for your family and try out this exercise. We’re only a few months into it, so I have no real data on how well it’s working for us, but I’d love to hear if it helps you to look at your Family Vision on the daily.
“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama