Tracking Your Goals Beyond New Year’s Eve
Our family loves New Years Eve. Our last name means “New Year” so the kids have claimed this is ‘their’ holiday. But it’s more than just ‘our’ holiday, it’s our favorite night of the year. It’s the night that we set our goals and create our Neujahr family goal board. We’ve been doing this for 15 years and I hope it’s something we continue and our kids continue with their families.
Our goal board is not just a once a year thing. We set our goals on or before New Years Eve and then one New Years Eve we share them as a family and create our new board for the upcoming year. In addition we review the goals from the previous year. We talk about what worked the previous year and what we need to change in order to achieve our goals for the upcoming year. It’s a truly magical time. This year we had our grown kids and their significant others with us. It was a neat time to not only continue to grow as a family but to share our tradition with others.
New Years Eve is just the beginning for our family. We complete the board and then we hang it in the entry way for the world to see. By displaying our board publicly we are inviting accountability. First and foremost we help hold one another accountable. We often talk about our goals as a family and help each member to stay on track. It’s awesome to look back over the last decade and see the goals we’ve set and achieved. We have a history of our goals. Each year we take the goal board apart and put it into a scrapbook. It’s our family success document. When we look back at the things we’ve accomplished over the years, we’re motivated to stay the course, to keep moving forward.
In addition to helping one another stay the course, other people hold us accountable. I can not count the times that someone comes to our home, looks at our board and then they asks us how we’re doing on our goals for the year. It adds another level of accountability for each of us. This has helped us more times that I can count.
If you have set goals for 2014, how will you stay on track? How will you track your progress?