At our house we are pretty much always working towards some goal or another. It helps to have something that motivates us. Charts/visuals are great ways to help the little ones tie the progress and the reward to the task at hand. I have found, however, that when I enjoy the reward that we are working towards, it helps me to get excited about helping motivate the kids.
For example- there is a donut store down the street that I have been wanting to try. We have been working on cutting down accidents at night with my oldest and my middle son staying in his own bed all night instead of climbing into my bed. Tie that all together and throw in this chart I made with some simple graphics and you have a great way to help reach our goals!
Since Big Brother had earned a toy at the store for accomplishing a goal (don't ask me what it was, I just remember it took a while to earn it...) Porter was feeling left out and Daddy caved and let him get a Captain America toy- but with a catch. This is when we started tackling Porter staying in his own bed. He had to go ten nights before we would take it out of the box. Very motivating and it provided hours of occupied play time. Win-win!:)