When the new year comes, it takes me a couple of weeks to sift through all the aspirational goals to reach the point of, “Now this is what I’m really going to do.”
Goals have to be short and basic, not a long list. You have to be able to easily say your goals from memory, if you’re going to really do them.
I plan goals for my kids using a simple approach I learned from the book Desperate Households by Kathy Peel. It starts with the Bible verse, Luke 2:52 (NIV):
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
This one sentence focuses on growth in four essential areas: intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social.
I use it as a framework to purposely choose ways that I can encourage growth in each of these areas. Because it’s just one sentence, it’s easy for me to remember, and I can tailor my plans for each kid.
(It works for grown-ups, too.)
I made a printable if you want to do it too: