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Working with the end in mind

July 18, 2010

I’ve often heard jokes about moms being the CEO’s around their households because we do so much on so many fronts.  Because of our need for diversity, we have to refine many different areas of our lives and stretch and grow to be better at the jobs we’ve been called to do.

Something that is a bit different between moms and chief executive officers is that the latter have an official plan.  The most successful businesses are running toward goals that have been set for their companies. They have short-term goals and long-term goals.  These goals are written down in the form of a business plan.  This gives the company or team a direction in which to move.  It gives them a place to assess their accomplishments and learn from their failures.  If we don’t have goals, how will we know what we’re striving for?  If we don’t have strategies about how to reach our goals, how will we know if we are on track, excelling or falling short?

In the Bible we are instructed to be intentional.  In this passage, it is salvation that is being referred to, but I thought it served this topic as well.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. – I Corinthians 9:24

As moms, we need to focus on our goals for our families. We need to be intentional about those goals and write them down.  We need to put them in a place where we will see them often to remind ourselves of the path we want to be on.

One of my favorite blogs, Passionate Homemaking, has a lovely informational post on how to develop a family mission statement.  Her steps to create this focus for our families can easily be applied to making family goals, too!

Photo courtesy of ewiemann

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 19, 2010 4:00 pm

    Thanks, I needed this reminder. So hard to lose focus…

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