Do you set goals at the start of every month, but when it comes to taking action, you don’t know where to start and what exactly to do to achieve them? After all, who doesn’t love checking all the boxes at the end of the month?
And most importantly, these goals are connected to your long-term vision and dreams, so if you are not setting the goals the right way, you are delaying your result.
Because It feels so defeating to take a look back and realizing that you have achieved nothing, or maybe not as much as you could.
I used to be the person who just set their goals and forgot about them or even if I do remember them, I would not take the right action at the right time.
Sounds familiar? Then the chances are you find yourself in any of these situations.
- If you’re not interested in the work you are doing,
- If you’re not setting goals at all.
- If you have a bad habit of procrastination and you think you still have a lot of time.
Related- 7 ways to overcome procrastination.
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Now, let’s see how you can finally start to achieve your goals.
How to set monthly goals so you can achieve them-
1) Stop Focusing on the end result.
- I want to pay off $10,000 worth of debt this year.
- I want to get a job in X company by the end of the year.
- I want to get 1000 subscribers in the next two months.
Most of us set our goals like that, right?
Focusing on the end result will not get you anywhere, instead of daydreaming and overthinking about the end result, use your time to make action plan, do proper research and develop those habits that will support you to achieve goals.
Keeping your end goal back of the mind is a good idea but don’t overthink about that.
If you have a main goal to pay off the debt, then saving small every day and paying 1/12 of the total amount every month would be a realistic and achievable goal to set rather than setting a big goal and never looking at them again.
Similarly, if you want to get fit and lose some weight, instead of setting a goal of “lose 15 pounds in 6 months,” you can set short-term and doable goals such as
- Eat healthier and fresh every day.
- Start working out for 15-20 mins every day.
- Take proper sleep, etc.
This approach will allow you to be in an action mode rather than just daydreaming.
2) Set your Priorities.
Writing too many things will distract you rather than help you in a good way, so always avoid it.
Set the top 3 or maximum 5 goals you want to accomplish this month.
I would recommend setting goals in different areas of your life, for example-
|Related: How to set your priorities the right way.
3) Reframe your mindset.
A negative mindset holds you back in life. It can make you feel bad about the achievements you have accomplished so far.
If you are running a business and you had a goal of selling 50 units of products in a month, but for some reason, you sold only 30.
If you have a negative mindset, you will tell yourself you couldn’t make it, your competitors are doing far better than you, and you are not even close to them.
This is a negative mindset that’s holding you back.
Instead of saying things like that, reframe your mindset to – “I have sold 30 products, which is great, and in order to sell more, I need to learn the strategy that helps me sell more.”
This way, you tell yourself that it’s possible to sell more rather than feel defeated.
4) Stay consistent.
Regardless of what you are doing in life, staying consistent is the key to achieving that.
I get that life happens to all of us, and sometimes we just can not push ourselves towards the work that needs our attention, but that’s okay, allow yourself to take a break and have some patience as rushing on something is not going to speed up the process.
The truth is if you know why you are doing something and you have a clear vision and plan in mind, the chances are you will achieve that.
And that doesn’t mean that you have to pressure yourself and figure out everything from day one, as when you start doing something, the real challenges will be different than what you thought.
So, take the first step and figure things out along the way as you learn and grow.
5) Don’t keep everything in your mind.
You will either forget the work you need to do, or you probably won’t take the action.
But if you write them down, your mind will get clear, and you are 10 times more likely to work on them.
Plus, It’s always a good idea to do things that help you relax your mind from the complications of life.
6) Ask questions.
Last but not least, while setting your monthly goals, you would need to ask questions to yourself, such as
- Is this goal aligning with my long-term vision?
- Will it help me be a better version of myself?
And if the answer is yes then you are in the right direction.
7) Invest In a Good quality goal setting planner
Last but not least if you are serious about your goals, invest in a good quality planner to write down your goals. It will help you focus on things that need your attention. I am currently using this planner and highly recommend it as it’s really cute and the quality is great too.
Those are some easier ways you can use to set and achieve monthly goals that will also help you get closure to your long-term vision/dreams.
If you found the article helpful and learned something new, please let me know in the comments below!
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