Family meetings are all so interesting. I remember we had them right before school started as we lined the boys up on the couch. Going over rules and behaving right and getting good grades, however they didn’t always follow what mom and dad insisted on. As we were all together this holiday time, Jeff, Lyle and I sat around the kitchen table discussing what we could do as a family for our goals. Even though Bryson, Jordan and Spencer were not present, they from time to time came into the kitchen to impart their ideas. Based on Zig Ziglar and Dave Ramsey, we put our goals down on paper. There are 7 different areas to work on as a family. Of course we all have our own individual goals but these were strictly for the family.
1. Career and Ministry: Continue to train people in helping them move forward in their relationship with God. What values can we give to others that have been naturally been given to others that follow us? Dedication, Hunger, Passion, Commitment, Excellence in Ministry, Marketplace. We develop as a family as we our to enhance creativity, character and hold classes for developmental programs, bible college, Leaders Advance Conference, church staff meetings etc. Our mission this year is to start a family blog in social media where each one of us will post twice a month. This will include video or wording and we will all participate as administrators.
2. Financial: Support and give to missions. We have chosen 2 missionaries we know personally. We as a family will give $15 each, a month to total more than over $500 each for the year. These two women missionaries have our same vision, work diligently for the Kingdom and remarkably teach others to love Jesus to the fullest with a humble spirit. The continue to work to bless others, so we in turn will sow into their mission. This may not seem like much but each family member will do their best to give to causes we are not directly related to. I am going to make a box to put the money in.
3. Spiritual: We as a family will read the Bible Daily Plan so that we will all read the Bible through within one year. We also plan to fast for 6 days as a family. Attend Bible College classes and have Family Home Group once a quarter.
4. Physical: We are going to focus on staying healthy, eating and exercising. We are planning to either run a half of a marathon in the fall or do a three-day getaway in doing a ropes course, white water rafting and rock climbing, or a Warrior Dash (the boys would have to carry me though..lol)
5. Intellectual: Read 2 Books. We will have discussions throughout the year pertaining to the books and at family meetings.
6. Family: Once a quarter family meeting to discuss personal goals, successes as well as motivational structure. Holding each other accountable and staying positive, encouraging one another through texting, phone calls etc.
7. Social: The Family blog and attend events as a family during the year.
The Wheel of Life is a way of showing us how we need to distribute our time, our focus, and where we need to set goals. Most of us can focus heavily in one or a few areas. The issue with that is we leave the others unattended. When we do that, we miss out on important areas of life. If we spend too much time in a certain area, our wheel is out of round. If we don’t spend anytime in some areas, our wheel is flat. As you look at the wheel, note what areas you’re strong in, but really take a hard look at the areas where you suffer. Here is where you need to start paying attention. If you do a great job with the career, but you suffer in the social, you’ll have a very stress filled boring life. If you knock it out of the park intellectually, but you don’t focus on your family, there won’t be much of one some day.
Well now you have it! I hope that in some way I have encouraged you to do the same with your family! Mine is on paper and in this blog so I can time to time go back and make sure we are staying on track. If you don’t set goals then you never reach them.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
For more information on goal setting: http://www.goals2go.com/articles/zig-ziglar-goal-setting.htm