Goals and plans
From our values we devise our priorities and goals, and to make those priorities and goals a reality, we invent and implement our best plans.
Rather than specific plans for immediate goals, try to think about general plans that will stand you in good stead for the entire year — plans that will get you from here to a place months from now where you can feel good about what you did on a weekly basis to live your values.
When you stand over your child and micromanage, trying to push through a short-term agenda, you are getting in the way of him doing his work.
Think, instead, about how you can lay in plans for weekly behaviors and attitudes that will support your larger goals all year long.
Plan to observe and document.
Plan to use your journal as an important tool for documenting and reflecting.
Plan to listen more.
Plan to hang back and let your child take the lead more.
Plan to be more patient, not just with your child today but also with the pace of the overall project.
Plan to set examples of good thinking and coping habits.
Plan time to reflect, so you aren’t always plunging mindlessly forward. Reflecting means connecting — connecting yesterday, last week, last month with the work you are doing today and the work that will happen tomorrow, next week, next month. Reflecting and connecting is what creates a meaningful whole.
Rather than becoming overwhelmed by all the changes you might like to make, choose one to focus on today or this week and write it in your journal, underline it, and reference it daily. Try to change just one thing. A little change can be a powerful thing.