So its been a whole month since you set on your journey to achieve your goal! How has it been going so far? Is it going like you planned (hopefully)? The end of the month is a great time to reflect back on the entirety of the last month as it pertains to your goal.
When setting your goal was it specific enough? Was the plan you laid out to achieve your goal actionable? What did you do well? What could you have done better? What did you learn? These and others are great and necessary questions to ask yourself when you look back at the previous month.
The main reason to reflect is so that you are able to see what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to be changed. If you fail to reflect, you may miss an key element in achieving your goal. Consistent reflection is just as important as setting the goal.
When reflecting it is important to look at two things: the first is your goal. Did it follower the “SMART” guidelines of being specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound? Secondly, did you work habit align with the goal you set for yourself. So if you were suppose to reach out to 3 new potential clients a day, did you do that every day? If the answer is “yes” to both of these then chances are you’re well on your way to achieving your goal. If the answer is “no” then it’s time to dig a little deeper.
If it pertains to your goal, what about it didn’t seem to work? Do you need to make changes to your goal, or re-evaluate your goal entirely? While these may be difficult questions to answer, scrapping a goal you know won’t work is better than working the rest of the year towards something you know isn’t achievable.
If you find that your problem is the action associated with achieving your goal, then ask yourself why that is the case? Was it too difficult for you to do everyday? Did you forget? Did you find that other things came up? If this is holding you back, you want to get to the root of the problem, that way you can fix it as soon as possible. The sooner you fix it, the sooner you can get back on track to achieving your goal.
Evaluation creates awareness, which creates the foundation for positive change. When we take the time each month to evaluate our goals and actions, we create that positive change and momentum going forward into the next month.