Sunday, January 25, 2009

* FHE Lesson 5 Super Bowl: Setting Goals

Week 5 February 2009
Super Bowl: Setting Goals

Don't forget to give every family member a part of the lesson! Assignment Planner
Open & Close with Prayer

Proverbs 12:24, 'The hand of the diligent shall bear rule."
The Book of Proverbs, in particular, encourages us to check our work habits.

Music Selections
(Use anytime during the lesson! Use the songs throughout the week too!)
Tell the following true life experience:
Just 15 Min-a-Day
by Charlotte Hale Allen
What's the biggest dream of your life?
How important is it?
How much would you give up to make it happen?

Let me pass along to you one of the most powerfully creative facts that anyone ever taught me, and it's astoundingly true. You can do just about anything you want to do, if you spend just 15 minutes a day at it.

Consider this: In three years you can become an expert on any subject you care to study-Chinese art, computer programming, cooking, chess, bridge, bricklaying, anything if you work at is 15 minutes a day.

In just one year or less you can accomplish some tremendous tasks by investing just 15 minutes a day. For example, you could:
1. Read the entire Bible or Book of Mormon
2. Plant and keep up a small garden
3. Become physically fit.
4. Learn to play a musical instrument.
5. Paint a house.
6. Learn foreign language.
7. Write a book.

Remembering the day I discovered the magic of 15 minutes still makes me smile. My husband and I had driven to a small town to call on a friend who was the town's only doctor. He'd recently bought a sprawling Victorian house and we discovered him sitting in the middle of a room surrounded by paint cans and a clutter of tools, gazing toward the ceiling and muttering, "That thing's gotta come down!"

We thought he'd flipped- especially when we learned that George intended to repair, repaint or refurnish every room in that three-story monstrosity by himself.
How long would it take? Where would he find the time? How unrealistic could he get?

A quick tour of the already-completed rooms, however, aroused our interest and excitement. I admired a charming "new" bathroom in which George had lowered the ceiling, installed and painted new storage cabinets, hung wallpaper, changed light fixtures, and even provided heated towel racks.

"I work fifteen minutes at a time, but never stop before my time is up," George explained. "That's the secret: Work fifteen minutes a day, without fail."

Still, I was skeptical, I couldn't believe such a simple plan could possibly help me. I decided to give it a try.

That was more than 20 years ago, and since then I've had great fun with those magic chunks of time.

My first project was to tackle a badly neglected flower garden which was chocked with weeds. Every time I looked out the dining room window, I fretted, because I thought I had no time whatever to try to redeem that impossible garden.
That's when I learned how many weeds I could pull in 15 minutes! It took just one week, snatching a quarter hour here, another there, to get that flower border tidy and ready for new transplants.

The beauty of 15 minutes a day is that it helps me to stop postponing those things I really want or need to do and get them underway. IT banishes discouragement and halts procrastination. The method works on any job or goal that matters to me, whether it's writing a book or cleaning all the kitchen cupboards.

What can you do in 15 minutes time? Setting goals and working for just 15 minutes a day can move life forward. It can strengthen purpose. It establishes habits of industry.
Take 15 minutes right now and ask yourself these questions:
What is my biggest dream?
How can I make it happen?
What if I worked at this important goal every day for just 15 minutes?
Is it worth trying it for a week?

Ask: How much time do you think the football players who play for the Super Bowl put into playing their best?
How do you think they spend their time?
Talk about, then memorize this poem:
The heights of great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
TOSS A FOOTBALL (You can wad up a piece of paper and tape it together in the shape of a football if you don't have a football ! )
Toss and catch the ball as a family. Each time a member of the family catches the ball, he/she can tell a goal they have for themself. Another way to play is to have the person who catches the ball help another family member set a goal. Example: "Son, it would be nice if you would keep your floor cleaned up every day by picking up your clothes and putting them in the hamper."

SCORE! Save the goal post above as a picture file.
Save the football as a picture file.
Print the goal post and several footballs for each family member.
Or... Draw your own goal post and footballs.
Write a goal inside the goal posts.
Throughout the week, family members will earn a football each time they invest 15 minutes on their goal. Be realistic in your goals, so that 15 minutes spent each day will show progress by next family home evening.
Post the goals and footballs someplace where everyone can see them throughout the week. ie: Refrigerator.

Young Children
Matt and Mandy
Dad (or Mom) have many responsibilities.
Dad (or Mom) can be an example to us.
Watch your Dad or Mom this week as they put 15 minutes into each day toward his/her goal. Compliment them when you see them working at it.

Do the activities listed above under teens.

Treat Idea: Nachos - Put corn chips on a cookie sheet and put on shredded cheese we like the four cheese blend the broil in the oven until the cheese is melted. don't bake it too long! hard cheese is not very good. (A super bowl favorite at our house!)

Throughout the week, return to the links as you reflect and re-teach!

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