How to Set Your Goals - 2018 July Reflection & August Goals #MondayMotivation

by - July 30, 2018

I can't believe that this month is about to be over. If I dare to say, I'd say it was one of the best months of the year. It's not like something huge happened externally, but more internally. I've learned to be more myself (This is a process I'm still learning, though. If you want me to write more about this, tell me in the comments).

I've met some wonderful people, I worked, I had fun... I've partied, I've read some books, I listened to good music, I went to the restaurants and most importantly for you, I posted some blog posts that I'm very happy with. You engaged in my blog like never before. I've gotten a lot of comments and more views and that's why I want to say - thank you so much.

So from now on, every few last Monday of the month this Reflection blog series will be a subseries to a #MondayMotivation series that I've had on this blog for a while.

In it, I'll explain how I create my goals and stick to them, and I'll help you achieve the same.

Goals I had for this month:
  • Eat a pescetarian diet ✓ 
  • Get more comments on my blog✓ 
  • Get more than 5 subscribers on blog✓ 
  • Work out 3 times a week
  • Be more active✓ 
  • Post more photos on Instagram than usual✓ 
  • Work at the store✓ 
  • Be more creative✓ 
  • Post three times a week

Most are done. I worked out once and I didn't post three times a week, but once. But hey, now it's going to be twice a week. I decided to set a little more realistic goals. What I've realized from the past, I've been setting goals like lose 2 kg a month and I wouldn't make a good plan for it. 

"A goal without a plan is just a wish."

If you are about to set a goal, create a plan for it. Let's say, you want to lose 5 kilos in total (around 11 pounds), you need to; first - be realistic, and second - make a plan.

As you can see, I was realistic with my goal "work out 3 times a week", but I didn't make a realistic plan for it. Sure, I can work out for three times a week, but the questions are - How? When? And even why?

- How? - I'm going to work out in my room by watching YouTube videos for cardio exercises
- When? - Each day at 10 a.m.
- Why? - Because I want to be a fitter, healthier person.

Now it's time to see how realistic a plan is.

How? - realistic; I am able to work out in my bedroom at any given moment that I'm at home
When? - I can work out at 10 a.m. if I make myself to do it first thing in the morning since I would be waking up at about 9:30-10
Why? - this is a solid goal and the purpose of me doing this challenge.

And that's how you create a goal. If you need to, ask yourself even more questions to reflect more on it.

- How much time can I spend working on my goal?
- Is there anything else I can add to the plan to make it better?
- Is there any way I can speed the process up?
- What's my time frame for the goal?

etc. etc.

To improve my work out goal by answering questions above:

- I can spend three times a week working on it.
- Yes, I can add more willpower.
- Yes, I can add eating healthier to the table.
- Most likely forever or until I'm able to, but the work out regime will change over time as I get fitter    and better at it.

So working out is one of my August 2018 goals, let's see what are the other ones:
  • Wake up earlier than usual
  • Eat much healthier
  • Save more money in the fund
  • Publish three blog posts a week
  • Buy a professional camera
  • Publish three-seven times a week on Instagram
  • Do photoshoots for blog
  • Get more than 15 subscribers on the blog
  • Engage in other people's blogs and help them grow.

I'll spend some time reflecting on these.

Now it's time for you to reflect on your July and think about August. Ask yourself the questions above, add even more to the story and start taking action for them. Because truly, there are no achieved goals without action taken.

What are your goals? Do you find this post useful? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. I loved this post so much and thank you for sharing your goals. I have taken inspiration from this, I am on a fitness plan but I always set myself unrealistic goals so I am going to make more of a set plan so I can reach my goals easier. xxx look forward to reading more of your posts :)

  2. This is great advice for setting goals, you definitely have to have a plan otherwise it all falls apart! Good luck with your goals this month :)

  3. Yes, it's very important. Thank you and I hope you achieve yours as well :)

  4. This was an interesting posts! I always set goals by choosing them randomly. Luckily my goals are generally realistic as I kinda know what I can or can't do. But I really like your idea of using the questions to figure it out (the how, when and why) so I will definitely give it a try! ;)
    Thank you for sharing! 😊

  5. Hey, I’m glad the post helped! Yes, asking ourselves all sort of questions helps to realize the goal better. Thanks for the comment <3