For as long as I can remember, my parents have taken time to sit down on the 1st day of January and write out their goals for the year to come. They list out what they want to be, see and do over the 12 months that follow, as well as, their bigger goals for 5 and 10 years down the road. Their timely tradition also includes reviewing all they have accomplished from one year to the next.
If memory serves me correctly, I was a teenager when I started following their lead and noting things I wanted to achieve year to year. And since having kids, I have carried on this tradition, even though sometimes my lists don’t get drawn up on the first of the year or nearly have as much time or thought put into them. In fact, there were two years I even wrote them in a note on my phone, but they got done. Like my parents, I am of the belief that goal setting can set the tone for the year to come and keeps you focused on working towards what you really want in life. Similarly, writing goals down is the first step into releasing them into the universe and visualizing what can be.
Last year, my son’s 1st grade teacher had the class write down some of their personal goals for 2017. I was thrilled when he came home with a sheet saying he wanted to try celery, read chapter books, learn how to tie his shoelaces and work on being more kind. He was so excited to share these aspirations with me and even told me that he started by bringing home a book that was a bit more challenging so he was a step closer to that chapter book. At that time, I realized it really was never to early to introduce goal setting, as proven by my then six year old.So as I do, I created my own template and introduced it to my son for 2018. Of course, I had to model some ideas and had fun starting to determine what I wanted to do, see and be over the next few months. In making the printable, I kept it black and white, so kids could also take time to color in the sheet. You will see my three year old quite enjoyed the coloring and my seven year old kept his simple. I loved seeing what they both came up with. For one I had no idea my son was interested in learning piano!
Below you can find two copies of the printable, one with the year 2018 included and one with the year blank so you can use it year after year. Simply print and have your child fill in the different areas.
Happy Goal Setting my friends!