I can’t believe it. It’s the last weekend of 2013 and in a few days, the whole world will be ushering in another year! How was 2013 to you? To be honest, I had a couple of bumps here and there in my relationships with my family and with myself, but overall, 2013 was a year of blessings and God’s faithful provision for our family. We had more than what we needed, enjoyed so much of life, and was even able to share what we have with others.
Now that 2014 will soon be here, my family and I will be doing the activity we’ve started doing in 2011. Every January 1st (or during the 1st week of January), we all sit down with blank sheet of paper or page of our new planner/journal and coloured markers. We then think, think, think about our goals for the coming year and put them in writing, mindmap, or some artistic doodle.
To show you how we did it for 2012 and 2013, look here. We all did mindmaps that allow us to see the big picture at one glance. That makes it easier to keep each one of us motivated and to keep our eyes on our goals. As an added challenge to myself, last year, I thought of my One Word for 2013 to keep me even more motivated and focused on the activities I was going to engage myself in for the year.
In a few days, we’ll be doing the tradition again. Arielle, Kayla, and I already have our 2014 planners, pens, and markers ready! New Year, New Goals, New Plans! What I’m also looking forward to, before we start making our goals for 2014, is looking back at what we’ve all written as our goals for 2013 and see how much we’ve actually completed or achieved! Then after we have set, written, or drawn our goals, we offer all of them to God and pray that He blesses them.
For those of you with younger kids, doing a mindmap might not interest them yet and they might find it difficult or intimidating and end up being discouraged. That wouldn’t be a good way to start a new year, right? Here are some of my suggestions to help them set a “bigger goal” for themselves:
1. Help them think of their One Word for 2014. Something that is do-able for them. Make that one word a verb or adjective. My One Word for 2013 was Grow. How about…Learn…Serve…Give…Listen. Adjectives such as…Friendly…Obedient…Caring?
2. Or you may prefer to prompt them with questions like “What was the favorite thing you did or made last year?” … “What was your most memorable experience?” Then, follow it up with “What would you like to do this year?” … “What would you like to see, do, or learn?”
For older kids, like tweens and teens,
1. Doing a mindmap of their goals is a great way for them to map out their plans.
2. Writing their top goal or top three goals and pinning it on their bedroom wall or cork board where it is highly visible would be a great encouragement.
Okay, this is not for 2014 but Arielle had already pinned down her ultimate dream in life and this is her target. I do hope and pray that she hits the bull’s eye someday. Who knows?
3. I saw these pins on Pinterest and these might tickle your tween or teen’s fancy more than a mindmap or a note of what they want to achieve this 2014.
A mindmap, a list, a note, letter to himself or herself, or doodle. It doesn’t really matter which style you would do. What’s important is the exercise of goal-setting, probing of oneself, and doing a self-evaluation. And remember…goals must be S-M-A-R-T (To find out what S-M-A-R-T means, click here)!
How are you welcoming and preparing yourself for 2014?