It is precisely around this time of year that our New Year’s Resolutions start to go off the rails. Winter break is over. The dust has settled (somewhat). Everyone is pretty much back in their old routines which means our habits have taken the wheel in spite of our best intentions to create some sort of change in 2017.
We so often set about our “new year, new you” plan without much of a plan. Sure we want to save more, move more, eat more healthfully, sleep more and just plain do more of the good things we think we should be doing. There is usually an idea of what the end result will look like and frequently a very foggy path to get there.
If you want to “right it” you’ve got to “write it.” In a ground breaking study by Dr. Gail Matthews at Dominican University, the simple act of writing goals down significantly improved goal achievement. The groups that wrote their goals down achieved a little over six goals in a four-week period while the group that didn’t write goals achieve just barely four. Think about what you could accomplish if you were on track to achieve six goals in just four weeks. That amounts to 78 goals in ONE YEAR!!!
When parents are moving with children, we have some idea what a “smooth” process looks and feels like from a logistics perspective. However, we rarely take the time to think about or plan for a smooth process when it comes to the physical and emotional challenges of moving – for us and for our kids. Write It to Right It. If your kids are old enough, have them write their goals for the move. Don’t forget to write your own goals for yourself and for you kids. Share those goals. Post them somewhere where everyone can see and hold each other accountable.
One of the goals of the Moving Families Initiative is that no parent move or relocate with their family without a Written Game Plan. To find out more and to get assistance, please visit www.movingfamiliesinitiative.com.