Family Goal Setting for the New Year


Setting goals is important to me and my family. Each January, we sit down at the kitchen table (or dining room table if my clutter is covering the kitchen table) and develop personal and family goals.

But before we look forward, we spend time reviewing our goals from the previous year. The person who accomplished the most goals wins our coveted “Achiever Award.” My daughter, who completed 4 ouf 5 of her goals, was the 2012 champion. She revelled in our applause and did a victory lap around the table (complete with princess wave). I love it when my children achieve their goals. Not only does it give them a sense of accomplishment, but it also boosts their self-esteem and helps them to appreciate the value of hard work.

Unfortunately, I didn’t do everything I set out to do in 2012. Although I was disappointed by my performance, it motivated me to do better in 2013. I decided to kept my personal goals simple for 2013:

  • Write 1st draft of book
  • Learn to code
  • Improve my videography skills
  • Grow and expand my business
  • Work out consistently
  • Improve my Spanish fluency

This year, I started a journal to chronicle my progress. The challenge for me will be to document my successes and failures on a consistent basis. In addition, I have also secured a couple of mentors and accountability partners to help me press on when things get a bit difficult.

After my wife and I completed our goals, we urged the kids to set goals that were challenging and a little outside of their comfort zones. For example, my 5 year old will ride his tw0-wheeler, my 9 year old son will develop a plan for his own business, and my 11 year daughter will get into the symphonic band.

Next we brainstormed a few family goals and settled on these three:

  • Daily family devotion
  • Take a road trip to Missouri and South Dakota (we love to travel)
  • Learn the difference between want and need (we have decided to live a simpler life and learn to be more grateful)

After we were done, my daughter typed our goals on colored paper and framed them. We plan to post them in our bedrooms, on the mantel in the kitchen, and on the refrigerator door. It is important for us to keep the goals visible so we don’t lose focus.This process of setting goals together has helped our family to grow closer and has taught us the importance of putting in the work to make those goals a reality.

Stay Strong,

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Question: Does your family set goals together?



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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at