Since 20009, my family and I have followed a steady system that’s helped us become pretty good at kicking off each year with a clear vision. We usually start by agreeing on a word of the year and reviewing our family mission statement. We also choose a theme song, a scripture, and a quote to carry us through our year. Then, we invite our

friends and family over to create our vision boards!

As a parent, I’ve always encouraged my kids to follow their passion. It seemed like the best path toward discovering their life’s purpose. After all, they’re young enough to make mistakes and still have plenty of room to start over.

Then, they became high school seniors, and everything changed. Everything. Years of complete confidence in their futures turned into “I have absolutely no idea.” Wait! What?

This experience made me realize that there are all kinds of reasons why people write goals. And there are also all kinds of outside influences that can interrupt the process. Ideally, the goals you set will be truly yours, based on things you really want. But sometimes they might turn out to be your parents’ goals for you. Or, maybe they just sounded like good goals in general, looked good on paper, or made you feel important when talking about them with your friends. If you settled on goals that didn’t really feel like you, maybe you just didn’t know you had other options. It could be that your confidence level has not quite grown to the size of your real goals. It takes a lot of courage to set and achieve your own goals. 


I’d like you to reflect on 6 things before you start crafting your 2021 Goals. Join our 52 Mondays Challenge to see what they are.

Sheréa VéJauan

Author of  the 2021 Goals Journal, as well as several other books and journals. Sheréa resides in Southern California, devoted wife of twenty-eight years to her husband Brian, and mother to their three children, Reginald, Jasmyn and Kennedy. Visit her  at  

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Understand your own motivations through self-reflection and evaluation as you learn to set achievable goals. Begin with creating a vision for what you’d like to see your life include spiritually, financially, and socially, at work, in your community, and at home. 

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