Casting A Family Vision

6 Jul

“A goal without a plan is just a WISH!” 

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer, “The Little Prince”

We don’t want families today to just be wishers, but DREAMERS and MOVERS.

With this direction, the Couples Missions of the Light of Jesus started the first batch of the Seminar on Raising Smart Families. Two of the most important things for a family to do are: (1) first, to make a family vision, (2) and second, to help this vision come true, to learn how to manage their family finance.

We gathered some of the couple leaders in our community, the Light of Jesus, for a seminar in Valle Verde Country Club one Saturday morning last January. 

Couples Missions leaders took a break to learn about Raising Smart Families.

The day flowed into two parts: Module 1 focused on Casting Family Vision and Module 2 centered on Managing Family Finance.

Here are the important take-aways for this one-day only short course.

CASTING FAMILY VISION

It is fundamental to make family vision because it accomplishes 4 varying goals: (1) survival, (2) stability, (3) success, and (4) significance. It allows us to create new options, new alternatives and new goals.

family vision, as defined by the Business Dictionary, is an aspirational description of what a family would like to achieve or accomplish in the mid or long term future. It is intended to serve as a clear guide for choosing current or future courses of action.

Ben Stein, a popular actor and author once said that “the first indispensable thing to getting things you want out of life is to decide what you want.”

There are three steps to creating your family vision:

1. Explore what your family is all about. 

Discuss as a couple or a as a family what your goals or purposes are. What kind of relationships do you want from one another? How do you want to treat and speak to each other? What things are truly important for you as a family? What are your family’s highest priorities? What are the principles and guidelines do you want your family to follow? Who are your heroes? What is it about them that you would like to emulate? What families inspire you and why do you admire them?

2. Write your own family vision statement. 

A family vision statement defines your family’s PURPOSE and VALUES. It communicates directionmotivates, and inspires family members to behave and do their best.

To create a balanced family vision statement, you need to include these seven areas:

1. work and career

2. finances

3. recreation and free time (or hobbies)

4. health and fitness

5. relationships

6. personal goals and

7. contribution to community and society

Here’s a sample vision statement:

“To love each other, to help each other, to believe in each other, to wisely use our time, talents, and resources to bless others. To worship together…Forever.”

3. Make your vision board. 

Use it to stay on track. Update it regularly. Two of the most powerful psychological forces that imprint the brain is visualizing and writing it down. List 10-20 things you want to dowant to have, and you want to be.

Convert your life’s purpose, needs, and desires into measurable, specific goals. Since the brain is a goal-seeking mechanism, whatever you give to your sub-conscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve it. 

So make sure you write it in detail – date, model, make or amount. Include by when, and how much. Think of it as a request to God. Then transfer all of your ideas in a vision board. Look for pictures in a magazine or in the web and make a collage in your vision board. 

“I would like to own a nice home.” is a good idea, but “I will own a 1,000 sqm property in Valle Verde 1 by December 2015” is a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Bound) Goal!

Starting off with a family vision is the best thing you can do for your family.

         My husband Gerard and I started the leaders with their expectations and their reasons for attending: their Why’s and Wishes.

Our feast builder, Brother Obet Cabrillas, welcomed and encouraged the leaders.

Have you started your family vision yet? Did you make your vision board and have you updated it regularly?


Life is Amazing!


LENY

 

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