September 1st is probably one of my favourite days of the year. It means FALL is on its way, and that makes me a happy mama! Plus, September always feels like a second January. Maybe its the change in routine again with the kids heading back to school, but I always feel so energized and motivated to get things DONE in September.
At the beginning of every month, I like to set specific GOALS for myself! After reflecting on the prior month, I choose things I struggled with, and find ways to improve them - and these are the things I focus on and try to accomplish in the upcoming month!
Do you set monthly goals for yourself? YOU SHOULD!
Here are 5 Reasons you Should Set Goals:
Raise your hand if you have ever felt like your life was NOT in your control. Like no matter how hard you work, you aren’t getting anywhere and you feel stuck. I think everyone can relate to this. Life doesn’t slow down and it certainly doesn't ever stop - it will constantly throw obstacles at us, and we have to be ready for them!
If you don’t set goals, you will spend your entire life running around and never truly accomplishing anything! Setting a goal and working towards it allows us to have a sense of control over our lives.
The process of writing out your goals lets you see what you truly desire to do, and helps you create a roadmap to success.
Goals give you something to focus on. They give you a purpose. When our goals are specific and defined, it allows us to be more focused on what we are hoping to achieve. Let’s say for example your goal is to read more books. Simply saying “Read More Books” is not enough to give us something to focus on. Instead, saying “Read 2 books in September” gives you a measureable goal to focus on.
If you don’t have anything you are working towards, it can be all too easy to just sit back and let life play out. But that is NOT what you were destined for. You were destined for great things. And you are going to achieve those great things by keeping yourself MOTIVATED. When you have a specific goal you are working towards, it is easier to make that goal a priority and keep your motivation up!
For example: A goal that is unlikely to keep you motivated would be: “Be Healthier”
A goal that is more likely to motivate you would be: “Steps to Improve my Health: Limit Take Out to 1x/month, Exercise at least 3x/week, Drink 4 Cups of Water Before Lunch Time”
Setting goals allows you to actually measure the progress you have made! It gives you a starting point, and a destination to reach! Without setting goals, we wouldn’t be able to see how far we have come! I usually like to check back in on my goals about half way through the month, and see how I am doing! That way I can make any adjustments necessary to help me reach my goals.
Finally, setting goals hold you ACCOUNTABLE! You are only accountable to yourself for your goals, so that means you’re only cheating yourself when you don’t commit to them! When you achieve a specific goal you set for yourself, you will feel incredibly proud and your confidence will grow!
I would LOVE to hear what your goals are for September.
What are you working on this month? What are you hoping to accomplish?
Click HERE to download a FREE, super cute monthly goals printable!