It’s the still the beginning of the New Year 2019, and never too late to set up goals for each month of the year. One of the most common words I have been hearing lately is ‘Smash Your Goals’’. I like this phrase because it gives me a feel that there are things that I need to achieve each new month. Having learned from a mentor the importance of setting monthly goals, it has really been helping me achieve more of my dreams.
One of the important things to note about goal setting is the need to take action to achieving them. Learning from a renowned leadership expert and author of many books, John C. Maxwell, he says that ‘’The Secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda’’.
Hence, in achieving monthly goals, there is an agenda that should be followed through. In this post, I will be sharing 3 practical ways on how you can achieve your monthly goals.
Write Your Monthly Goals Down in Your Personal Journal
The usefulness of writing down what you intend to achieve is simply amazing. Every month, decide on the things you want to achieve, write them down, set up measurable action plans to them, and also set date to when you will be doing what. Below is an illustration on how to set up a monthly goal:
Planning on taking a Professional Exam to advance my Career
The following measurable action plan will help me achieve this monthly goal:
- Researching online on a professional exam to write in my career field. It could be between the first day and 14th day of the month.
- Discussing with my Line Manager on the outcome of my research and seeking advice on the best exam to go for. This can be done within 1 week after my research has been completed.
- Finding out how much it will cost me to register for the professional exam and planning on how much to save funds monthly for it.
- Searching online for the best training centres to prepare me for the exam.
- Choosing the best time to take the exam. This can be planning on how to take my leave period from work around the exam period.
Take Action on Your Monthly Goals
After writing down the goals and reviewing it, you need to take actions to achieve them. Be tough on yourself and make the necessary move. From the example above on advancing your career with an action plan of speaking with your line manager, the necessary action to take will be to schedule a meeting with him before the planned week runs out. When going to see your manager, ensure you go with relevant questions that will aid your understanding and guide you in decision making.
Review and Keep Track Of Your Goals
As you have written down the goals and allotted time to each action plan, keep reviewing and ticking off the actions you have executed. Know that sometimes, things don’t necessarily go according to plan. During your review session, you will see the plans you have accomplished and the ones you need to re-plan. Be very honest and flexible during your review session, come up with a plan B when need be.
In conclusion, one of the characteristics of living things G in the acronym MRNIGERD is Growth. As humans, we need to constantly grow, aiming at new things that will make our lives better daily. This means setting actionable goals to reach for and crash per time, and setting monthly goals will be most helpful for any growth oriented life.
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