Free SMART Marriage Goals Worksheet - Vibrant Christian Living

Free SMART Marriage Goals Worksheet

Whether it’s a wedding anniversary, a new year or anytime you and your spouse are ready to grow your marriage, setting marriage goals is always a great idea.

What are some examples of marriage goals? While there’s no perfect list of marriage goals for every couple, I’ve gathered 23 marriage goal examples (everything from how to have a better sex life to how to improve communication) to inspire you and your spouse.

Plus, you can download a free marriage goals worksheet to make it as easy as possible to make plans to have the best marriage relationship possible.

Ready to set some awesome marriage goals and grow your marriage relationship? Let’s get started!

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23 Examples of Marriage Goals

I’m not suggesting that you attempt all of these marriage goals, or even that all of these goals are applicable. Instead, prayerfully read through this list of goals and determine which ones could potentially be areas that you could invest in your marriage this year.

And, of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list. You may think of specific marriage goals you want to work on together that aren’t mentioned here.

Note: I’ve included links to helpful posts so that you can get additional resources and information on some of these topics.

Also, click here to get a printable list of these marriage goals and topics so that you can easily discuss them with your spouse. This free marriage printable also includes goal setting worksheets for you and your spouse!


5 Steps to Successfully Set Marriage Goals

1) Prayerfully consider potential marriage goals opportunities.

First, download the free Marriage Goals Worksheets.


Got them? Good! Now print out two copies of the “Marriage Goals Examples” worksheet. Each of you take a copy and take 5 minutes to put a check by those items where you’d like to make a marriage goal (in other words, areas where you’d like to improve your marriage).

NOTE: Several of these marriage goals listed above are clickable to helpful resources, ideas and freebies on the Your Vibrant Family site.

2) Compare your individual marriage goal lists and discuss.

Which items did you circle? Which items did your spouse circle? Where was there overlap in your marriage goals? Where there any items that your spouse circled that surprised you? Talk about what you circled and why you circled it, doing your best to not point fingers or cast blame.

3) Compile your marriage goals list into 2-4 items.

Decide together which are the top 2-4 marriage goals that you’d like to pursue together this year. Rewrite those items on the “Our Marriage Goals” Worksheet. Brainstorm any resources that may be helpful to meet those goals and write them in the right hand column (remember—click on the links above to see resources, ideas and freebies for several of the marriage goals).

4) Draft SMART marriage goals.

Next, create SMART (specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timely) marriage goals for each item on your list. Print a copy of the “SMART Marriage Goals” Worksheet for each item on your list. Then complete the worksheet for each marriage goal (make as many copies of the worksheet as you need for your personal marriage goals).

By the way, go here if you’d like to learn more about SMART goal planning (and why it’s so effective!).

5) Stay accountable to your marriage goals.

Commit to talk about your marriage goals at least once a month (perhaps on a once-a-month date). Better yet, share your goals with another couple so that they can hold you accountable (maybe they can set some marriage goals too and you can hold them accountable as well).

Are you making progress toward your goals? Do you need new resources or to shift things up? Tweak your goals as needed.

What If My Spouse Doesn’t Want to Set Marriage Goals?

Totally get it. Your marriage may be at a place where it’s impossible to talk reasonably with your spouse about goal setting. I completely understand if setting marriage goals just isn’t possible right now.

The good news is that you are still able to set marriage goals! Of course marriage goals are much easier met when both spouses are in agreement and can work together, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work on your part of the marriage issues.

I’ve learned that marriages shift and change in different seasons. Sometimes one partner feels like they’re giving 90% of the work (and that’s incredibly frustrating). If you are stuck in one of those places, I highly encourage you to keep seeking God and to keep doing the right thing in your marriage. You can read more about my story on this topic here.

Free Helpful Resources for Marriage Goals

Discover free practical marriage advice that will encourage you toward your marriage goals.

More SMART Goal Setting Resources

Don’t forget to download your free SMART Marriage Goals Worksheets!

They’re my free gift to your marriage! I pray that these will help you set incredible new marriage goals for your relationship that will bring you and your spouse closer than ever before.



About Alicia Michelle

Alicia Michelle is a Christian life coach, host of the Vibrant Christian Living Podcast, and founder of the community. Alicia is passionate about empowering women to discover their best selves by overcoming their obstacles and boldly following God’s amazing plan for their lives. Alicia is also the creator of the 5Rs Bible Study™ Method, a simple plan for anyone to understand and apply biblical truth in under 10 minutes a day as part of a daily Bible time. She’s written several Bible studies that use the 5Rs Bible Study™ Method to draw women and families closer to God. In addition, Alicia is a homeschool mom of four very vibrant children (ages 16 to 7), is married to her best friend and husband of 18 years, and loves their country life together.

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