No…not really. But now that I have your attention, let’s talk about goals!
My husband and I are big into goal setting. Many years ago, a former boss who is now a friend and mentor steered me toward Jim Rohn. Jim had a recording of a 2 day goal setting seminar he did years ago. As a 21 year old, I had never even considered setting goals. But, what the hey. I decided to give it a shot.
I went through the exercises, writing out all of my goals and assigning the time lines Jim talked about to them. I put them in a journal. Which I lost and forgot about. Because that’s sort of typical of me. I lose things.
Years later, during a move that caused us to downsize and go through everything we own with a fine-toothed comb, wouldn’t you know it, there was my old journal. I sat and poured over my list from 10 years before. No, not every goal had been met. But shockingly, most of them had. Like all but a couple.
The idea with goal setting is that even just by going through the exercise of creating goals, you are more likely to achieve them (enter books like the Secret, which was hugely popular a few years ago). You subconsciously begin behaving in ways that are congruent with your goals. The power of goals compounds tremendously if you review and revisit them often. It compounds even further when you plan and frequently review and execute your plans. The more you review, the more likely you are to stay on track. The more you stay on track and eliminate things in your life that are not congruent with your goals, the more likely you are to meet them. No matter how big they are. Just think what I could have accomplished if I hadn’t lost that journal to begin with? I’m sure I would have met and exceeded every one of those goals.
Like I said, we do goal setting a lot. Not as much as we want (or probably should), but we do make a conscious effort at it. In fact, I just bought another journal (it’s actually one of the best rated goal/scheduling planners), and I can’t wait to see what I accomplish when I actively participate in achieving the goal.
Now that we have expanded our family, I got to thinking about baby goals. Obviously my 5 month old can’t set goals. He just figured out what his hands do. Sort of. But, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any goals yet. He does. His biggest goal these days seems to be to move the object he is holding to his mouth, without dropping it. Like I said, he just figured out what his hands do.
What other goals would a baby have? Maybe as his parents, we can set goals for him. Yeah, I know the dangers of that exercise. Kids will be who they will be. I’m not a stage mom or a tiger mom (much)…it’s just a fun experiment, okay? At least for now…until he is old enough to set his own goals. And even if these goals don’t align with who he wants to be as he grows up, at least he can have them as benchmarks of the wonderful hopes and dreams his parents have for his life.
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Jim Rohn (or Uncle Jim, as we call him at our house…)
So, without further ado, below is my list of goals for my baby. What are some “goals” you have for your kids?
- Learn to sit up on his own
- Learn to fall asleep on his own
- Grow teeth
- Learn to crawl
- Learn to stand
- Learn to walk
- Learn to speak English
- Learn to speak Russian
- Learn to speak Spanish
- Learn to speak Hebrew
- Learn to speak French
- Learn to how to ride a bike
- Learn to find happiness in mundanities
- Develop a love of food
- Learn to cook
- Develop a love of dental hygiene
- Learn to swim
- Develop a love of reading
- Not worry about the opinions of others
- Learn to be a great leader
- Treat everyone with respect
Travel. A lot.
Build a habit of journaling
Build healthy eating habits
Develop a love of fitness and working out
Be an adventurous eater
Have a system for conquering fears