The Importance of Setting Goals in Your Marriage

A couple of years ago, I shared on social media that Joe and I had been setting a "five year plan" for our marriage in celebration of our five year anniversary. I was surprised by how many comments I got in response, from people who had never thought to set goals together as a couple! As I've thought about the lack of goal setting in marriage, I'm certain that goals are being made by all couples, but maybe not officially. My goal today is to inspire you to sit down and set goals together as a couple and provide you with a few tools you need to set the kind of goals that will help you find success in the coming year.

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How to Set Goals for Your Marriage in the New Year

In addition to the goals that I set on my own, Joe and I set goals together to improve our marriage. The first time I talked about this on social media, a lot of people said that the concept of setting goals together wasn't something they'd thought about doing before. So I thought I'd start off the new year sharing some tips to help you set goals as a couple! 

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Are Your Spouse's Endeavors a Priority for You Too?

Throughout our relationship, we each have invested our time and energy into other things that we are passionate about. I've had this blog and Joe has seriously considered quite a few entrepreneurial endeavors. The great thing about marriage is that you can still go after your own dreams, but rather than doing it on your own, with the support of those around you, you get to work toward your goals and dreams as a team, with those around you to support the both of you.

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One Tip for Success with Financial Goals in Your Marriage this Year

There is a certain stigma associated with New Year's resolutions, everyone jokes that nobody is ever going to keep them. Instead of making resolutions at the beginning of every year, I resolve to be a better person and set goals to help me become that better person. Rather than just resolving to go to the gym, I set a goal to hit a certain number of steps or do some sort of physical activity a certain number of days each week. And rather than resolving to save more money during the year, we put a dollar amount to it and figure out what we need to do in order to get there.

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The Secret to Successful Goal Setting as a Couple

The areas in life where we've seen the most success are the things that we value the most as a couple. If one or the other of us isn't completely invested in something that we set out to achieve, that goal fades away and is eventually forgotten about. The key to success with any goal is to make sure it's something that you care deeply about and are committed to making happen. The key to success with goals in your marriage is to make sure that both of you care about it and are committed to following through until you've completed what you set out to achieve!

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