New month is a perfect time to re-evaluate our priorities and goals. If there was something you actively worked towards, take the time to assess what worked, what didn't, what you want to keep doing, what you need to let go, or what might be something new you want to try.
Why it’s important to have goals:
1. They give us focus & direction
Our brains are like toddlers with scissors. Unless we tell our mind what to do and what to focus on, it will find worries, doubts, and fears to focus on. It will go towards worst case scenarios in no time and it will keep finding what is wrong with everything. It will focus on what we don't want. And as long as we let it focus on what we don't want, it will create more of what we don't want.
When we change the focus to our goals, we tell our brains what we do want and we give it a task to figure out how to get there. Our attention isn't scattered everywhere, but is directed towards a specific idea or accomplishment. This is how goals give us direction.
2. We grow & evolve in pursuit of our goals
When we set goals, we are required to learn new skills, acquire new knowledge, and put ourselves in situations we haven't been in before. Any new goal will require of us to leave our comfort zone and challenge what we thought we were capable of. Every time we accomplish a goal, it's important to reflect on what we had to do in order to achieve it. Even if we don't achieve it, we benefit from the skills and actions we took, because no one can take away our experiences and mastery.
3. Working towards something gives us sense of competence, self-trust, and confidence is our abilities
Setting goals for ourselves always asks of us to trust ourself because no one can guarantee that we will indeed accomplish our goal. Self-trust is needed when we don't have the proof that it will work and when we are in the unknown. And from that self-trust and taking risks, we come out more confident every time.
Here's how to do it!
Write down 5 goals for this month. Writing down is important. Your brain is not mean to be your to-do list, so don't store unnecessary information in your brain and hope it will remember everything.
Now, think about and write down:
How will you need to show up in order to achieve your goals (i.e. be determined, excited, motivated, focused, persistent...)
What you will need to do to achieve them (i.e. create a plan, meet with 3 people this month, workout 5 times a week, wake up at 7, read 10 pages...)
Review your list of goals and actions every day and attempt something that will bring you closer to your goal.
Now go do it! :)