Are you setting real, achievable goals, and taking the steps to manifest them? Are you specific about the things you'd like to achieve in your life?
If not, you're not really allowing the law of attraction to work its full potential for you.
While it's not for everyone, setting monthly goals can be a powerful way to keep moving forward with your manifestations. If you achieve those monthly goals, then it's also a great way of increasing your confidence in the law of attraction, and in your ability to successfully apply it to your life.
Why Set Monthly Goals?
For some people, monthly goals are too stressful. It keeps them from really being able to feel good about their manifestation.
I get that. For the longest time, I was the same way. There's no doubt that this may be a more advanced technique, but it's one that pays off.
But why might you want to think about setting monthly goals?
1. It Helps You Decide on a Definitive Goal
First of all, it's practical and realistic. Many times when people are choosing their manifestation, they tend to waffle about what exactly they want their goal to be. We had a good discussion about this in Tuesday night's Spiritual Freedom Support Call.
You might say, “Well I want $500. Well, no, maybe I need more like $750. But then there's that other thing I want…” and the cycle continues. You can't decide on one goal, and stick with it.
A monthly goal forces you to make up your mind. This is your goal for this month. Next month, you can set a higher goal.
I'm speaking mostly about financial goals here. Of course, it can work for anything, as long as you think that a month timeline is sufficient for you.
So, when you set a monthly goal, you decide, “I think I'd like to manifest $2,500 in income this month.” That's your goal. You don't change it a million times, but stick with it to the end.
Next month, you might set a goal of $3,000, or even $2,750. That's your choice. But for this month, it's $2,500.
Does this have to be your only goal for the month? No, of course not. But, it gets you moving towards what you want, at least, and that's the power of this technique.
2. It Builds Confidence in Your Manifesting Ability
A second reason you might want to set a monthly goal is to build your confidence, as I hinted at earlier.
Imagine you set that $2,500 goal. Prior to the end of the month, you achieve that goal, and maybe even surpass it.
Next month, you're going to be more confident of your abilities. In the beginning, maybe $2,500 seemed like a stretch. But, you did it, and you start to believe that if you can do that, then you can do something even higher.
So again, maybe you do $3,000 for the next month. And if you achieve that, then you'll build even more confidence.
It's a self-perpetuating cycle of greater and greater abundance, stemming from your increased confidence in your ability to use the law of attraction.
This happened to me recently. Last month, I decided to set a monthly goal. I realized that I became a bit complacent any time I felt like I had made enough money. But, I wanted to go to the next level of abundance.
So, I set a goal that was believable, and yet a bit of a stretch for me.
I'll admit, at first I was pretty nervous about the goal. It was pressure. And because of that, throughout about 2/3 of the month, I hadn't really come close to the goal.
But in the final 10 days, something shifted for me. I simply decided that I would achieve this goal.
I'm not joking when I say that literally within an hour of making that decision, I started making serious progress towards that goal.
By the end of the month, I had even surpassed the goal by over 15%!
Now, I had increased confidence that I could do it again. This month's goal is even higher. I already notice a difference in my outlook on my financial situation. I'm far more secure in the knowledge that I can easily manifest abundance.
As I said, things were already fine even before this challenge. But, I wanted to be a lot more than just fine. The vibration of “enough” vs. “a lot more than enough” is completely different. I wanted to step into this higher vibration, and setting my goal last month helped me to do so.
What If You Fail to Achieve Your Goal?
I know that immediately once I talk about setting a specific goal, someone will ask, “What if I don't achieve it?”
Firstly, try your best not to even have that mentality. Failing is not an option. Decide on your path, and go for it.
But, it's still a valid question.
So, what if you set this great goal, but despite all your best efforts, you just don't reach it?
There's an expression that, albeit a little cliche, is well-fitting:
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Essentially, even if you don't reach your goal, my guess is that you're still going to do a lot better than you would have had you not set the goal.
So maybe you're a bit short of the goal. So? Celebrate the success you did manifest, even if it wasn't quite what you wanted it to be. It's all about focusing on the wanted aspects of the situation, not the unwanted.
But, even still, what if it was such a mess that you didn't see any improvement at all, or things even got worse?
This is extraordinarily unlikely, unless you have a great deal of resistance.
I will guarantee you that as you set this goal, it will bring up your resistance in big ways. The bigger the goal, the bigger the resistance it'll trigger in you.
That's actually good news, though. Now you know what's blocking your way better than you probably ever have before.
I had lots of resistance come up as I was working towards my goal. But, I knew that it was just the energy that had to be released for me to manifest my desire. So, I released it, and moved forward.
I know it's not always that easy. If you find yourself running into massive resistance, you have a few choices:
- Reduce the goal. Chances are that if you're meeting with so much resistance, you probably set your goal too high. Try reducing it and see if that helps.
- If the resistance is significant no matter how big the goal, then do your best to release it. If that fails, be easy on yourself, and acknowledge even small successes. Resistance is actually good news, and is a sign that you're on the path to your manifestation.
How to Set a Monthly Goal
So, you've decided you'd like to give it a try. And, it's only the 3rd of the month, so this is the perfect time to put this plan into effect! But, how do you go about setting your goal?
Your goal requires these three qualities to increase your chances of success. It must be:
Let's take these one at a time:
Your goal needs to be inspiring to you.
Why do you want it? What will you be able to achieve once you have it?
For example, if you want to increase your monthly income by 10%, what will you do with that extra money? Maybe you want to save up for a vacation, or buy something nice for yourself.
If you're not really excited about what you can do with that goal, then you're simply not going to be motivated to achieve it.
For instance, if all you want to do with the extra money is to pay down debt, that might not be the most motivating. You might enjoy the future vision of being debt-free, but it is rather abstract and long-term.
So, ensure that at least part of your gains are used for yourself.
A feeling of excitement will help you to keep your focus on the wanted, as well. When you have something to look forward to, you'll be much more likely to think about the positive aspects, rather than the difficulty of reaching that goal.
Your goal should also be believable. You don't want to try to increase your income by 50%, for instance, unless you have a really good reason for believing that this is possible for you.
Yes, you can manifest anything. But, it's going to be a lot more stressful to manifest something that feels big to you, rather than something that is believable to you.
Also, as I said above, the bigger the goal, the more resistance it will trigger. If you're a pro at releasing resistance, then you might be able to set a bigger goal. But if it is difficult for you, then you might want to start small.
The key is that with each success, what is “believable” is going to get bigger and bigger. Do you think that even the richest billionaires would believe a billion dollars was possible from the start? No, for many of them, they had to work up to that level.
So, if today what is believable is an increase of 10%, just imagine even if that grows by 10% every month. If your base monthly amount was $2,500, and you were somehow able to manifest just 10% more every month, within a year you would have increased that amount by over 250%.
It's all about small steps. As the Chinese proverb has it, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
So take your single step by setting a small, believable goal for this month. Then build on that secure foundation month-after-month. Pretty soon, you won't be able to believe where you've ended up.
Your goal should also be moderately challenging. While it might seem like a contradiction to the above, it really is not.
A believable goal will help you to achieve it with little resistance. But, a challenging goal will also help you to grow confidence in your ability.
The criteria I give to my clients is that their goal should be believable, but still a bit of a stretch.
If your goal is, for instance, only $100 more than usual, that might not inspire much confidence. You might put it down to coincidence.
But, if you set a goal that is significant to you, and yet believable, then you'll be able to see the Universe move to make your manifestation possible. You'll be able to see how life changes, day-by-day, because of your new goal.
This is especially the case if you can't really see how the Universe might make it happen. I'm always fascinated by how the Universe works everything out, even when I don't personally see a way. But, every time, it all works out perfectly—almost magically.
Last month, I increased the challenge for myself. I had the option of paying a bit extra for a certain bill. It made me nervous, because I knew if I paid it, I'd certainly need the extra amount to offset the expense.
But, I just intuitively felt like I needed to do it. So, trusting the Universe would make it work, I went ahead and paid the extra expense.
And, it did work out beautifully, as I've said.
So, it's okay, and even preferable, if you're a bit nervous about your goal. That means it's worthwhile. It's something that will be fun to line up with and manifest. Otherwise, wouldn't it just be boring?
How to Achieve Your Monthly Goal
Now that you have your goal, how do you go about achieving it?
Well, the steps are the same for any other manifestation. There's my three-step Effortless Manifestation Process I've taught from the start, or the updated five-step process I gave in my recent class.
But, let's just explore some of the specifics:
You have your goal. The most important thing you'll want to do is to visualize yourself having achieved your goal at the end of the month. If visualization isn't your thing, then have a simple affirmation, like, “I intend that my total income this month is $X.”
Either way, let that be your goal representation, which makes you feel good every time you think about it.
Do this at least once a day. Focus on your visualization, or repeat your affirmation internally, and match it up with the emotion of having achieved your goal. Feel it as though it is already true.
Then, let it go. Don't try to figure out how to make it happen. Just let the Universe get on it. Remember, that's not your job.
That part is easy. But, you will experience resistance. If there weren't resistance, you'd have your goal already.
This is where the rubber really meets the road, so to speak. You have to hold that inner vision, and filter your reality to match that vision, as I mentioned in Monday's post.
Remember that this resistance is just telling you that you have some inner blockages to your goal. It's not the Universe saying “no” to your goal. It's really you saying “no” to your goal, by focusing on the unwanted.
Once the resistance is released, your manifestation will come. There will be nothing else holding it away, so it must come.
So, don't let your resistance hold power over you. Simply let it go and refocus on your inner vision.
As you do so, you'll start to see the Universe moving in accordance with your new vibration. You'll start to see outer reality shift, and your goal will appear more and more possible to you.
That's when you're really in the home stretch. Just be sure that whenever you think of the goal, you feel good about it. If you don't, then drop that resistance and move towards your inner vision, instead. The more you do this, the more your subconscious mind will get the hint that this goal is good, and should be pursued. Then, it won't be long at all before you see it fully manifested in your reality.
I'll be expanding on these ideas, plus many, many more, in my upcoming teleclass, Effortless Money Manifestation.
This is the key to manifesting true abundance. If you feel stuck financially, or would simply like to take your abundance vibration to the next level, this class will give you all the tools you'll need to boost your money manifestations.
Unfortunately, you only have until the morning of Saturday, November 5 to sign up. I wanted to get this class in before Thanksgiving, so we're starting it at a bit of short notice.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. As I said, I get that monthly goals might not be for everyone. But, have you tried them yourself? If so, what's been your experience. Or if not, do you plan on setting a monthly goal for the first time? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.