Make 2016 Count Part 1: Set Goals for You and Your Family

     At the end of every year, we all feel the pressure to change - lose more weight, read more books, volunteer more often, make more money. Despite our hardwired desire to improve ourselves, years seem to go by without many significant changes. I don’t know about you, but I want next year to count. I want next year to be the best year yet for myself, my family, my career, and (most importantly) my relationship with Jesus. The most effective way for improve ourselves is to set goals. Here’s a few resources to help you write goals that you can accomplish to actually change your life.

     Michael Hyatt is a world-class business leader and best-selling author. He wrote a short blog post on his website called, “The Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting.” This post has 5 simple steps to writing goals that work. One of the most important take-aways for me: after you set a goal, write it down! You are statistically much more likely to accomplish the goals you write down rather than just keep in your head. Check out the other tips in his post.

     After you’ve set goals for yourself, you can help the rest of your family do the same. is a site that helps us manage all of God’s blessings - from money to family to skills. If you want to help your kids set goals for 2016, check out this blog post. Hopefully it will give you the confidence you need to teach your children how to set and accomplish their own goals in the coming year. 

     What goals do you have for 2016? How about your kids' goals? Share them in the comments to help inspire us to make 2016 count! Make sure to subscribe to the COCUSA Blog with the button below so you don’t miss Part 2 of our Make 2016 Count series - "Start the New Year Weak."