At the Gaugh household, we started a new tradition this year. We sat on our bed, my wife, 2 boys, and me, and we told what we wanted the Lord to help us make happen in 2013. We brought up physical and spiritual needs. We mentioned material needs like a new, larger home. And we brought up two big endeavors- to start a business and a church.
I was thrilled that we were all in agreement. I spoke last and all that I was going to say as aspirations for 2013 had already been mentioned. We all have a similar vision for our lives together. And we prayed together that all would be fulfilled with Jesus’ help.
I want to be successful as a family in the new year, and I want your family to be successful, too. It starts with communication.
- Tell the people you love how you feel about them.
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” (John Maxwell).
- Talk about where you want your family to be in key areas over the next few years. Do it casually, concretely, and consistently.
- Explain how working hard and making sacrifices will help get you and your family where you all want to be.
- Express why you love what you do and how your work makes you feel- involve your family in something you love and create a personal connection between your family and your work or interests.
Aspire to something! We do family much too casually. Treat “Family” like a verb. Involve your loved ones in a vision for your family. Set yourself up for success as a family in 2013!
I first made these points in a blog for JoAnn Corley’s 1% Edge blog.
Copyright 2013 Glen Gaugh