As someone with many goals in life, I tend to overdo it sometimes, and I’m sure many of you can relate to that. I see myself learning five new skills at once instead of starting with one. I seem to want to work towards completing multiple projects at one time instead of accomplishing one thing after another. For many of us goal-oriented people, this is a regular struggle. Without a strong focus on prioritization, life can quickly become chaotic. This is why focusing on a monthly intention can be helpful. Let me explain.
I was recently analyzing the shelves at a local Barnes and Noble, and I found a book dedicated to focusing on small intentions based on a lunar cycle. For some reason, I was drawn to this book, so I picked it up and gave it a read. After trying out the idea behind the book for a few months, I have found so much success through setting monthly intentions. This was obviously a necessary and important find in my journey, and I think it can help many goal-oriented people accomplish more by focusing their energy.
How does this work? Well, each month I set an intention to focus on throughout the course of a month. I suppose this could be set any time, but since I am working with the cycles of the moon, I set my monthly intention during the New Moon phase. In lunar terms, this starts the course of the moon’s monthly cycle. At the New Moon, I meditate with a clear goal in mind. Think of it as a manifestation session, but rather than bringing a big picture goal to my meditation, I set and focus on mini goals that can all add up and work towards my larger life goals.
For instance, during my first month, I decided to focus on taking time for myself and healing. As someone who is always trying to accomplish too much, I can quickly get burnt out. With the year I’ve had, I felt I was not performing my best, so I recognized that it was time to take my health and happiness into my own hands. For the course of this first monthly cycle, I focused on the little things that I could do to help myself heal and relax. I would stop my work at 5 p.m. and not work beyond that time because, “well, I only have this one thing left to do … .” I would give myself a bubble bath regularly where I could. Instead of focusing on my work, I would actively look for opportunities to allow myself to relax. And it worked very well.
By the time the next New Moon rolled around, I felt ready to accomplish something. So, rather than setting a large goal, such as getting the next season of my travel show out (which has many steps and layers of work to it), I focused on the first stepping stone to making that happen—editing a series of promos for the release. By focusing on one small goal that adds up to the bigger picture, I found myself accomplishing more and being in a happier, more relaxed state of mind.
I have found through this experience that meditating on a new monthly intention each cycle can provide a clear, easy and focused path of stepping stones to my overall goals. This way of thinking has allowed me to become more structured and more successful in accomplishing my goals. Sometimes we forget that laying the groundwork or planting the seeds of our future goals is just as important as tackling the larger steps.
Now, this still takes planning, but once you have a clear picture of what you want, it’s smooth sailing from there. Take a page from my book. I sat down on a Saturday and wrote down the most important overall goal I’m working towards in my life. Then, I wrote the little things that could help me get there that I could focus on monthly. I prioritized them in the best order, and voila! I was working towards my goal in baby steps each month.
Say your goal is to buy a house. That’s a big tackle and something that needs to be parsed out in smaller goals. Perhaps, your first month, you focus on getting in a good mindset. It’s always important to manifest every goal with happiness and gratitude, so maybe your first goal is to get yourself in a happy and grateful place with the current place you are living. Next, your goal for the following month could be to find a way to make additional income for your down payment. So, you focus for the month on looking for new freelance opportunities that could fit with your current schedule. Then, the next month’s goal (after you’ve gotten extra work) could be organizing your additional money in a savings account and seeing what else can be transferred over there/where you can save next.
Eventually, once you have that under control and you begin saving, you can start to focus on finding the right house. Getting a house is a big manifestation but setting monthly intentions in the direction of your goal shows the universe that you are grateful for what you have, you understand that it’s a big goal and it has you actively working to accomplish this big goal one baby step at a time.
And I just love meditating on monthly intentions. I find that they help me discover more about myself and how I think, and they allow me to find practical solutions to sometimes more metaphysical problems and get me using both sides of my brain.
So, I encourage you to try and begin a journey meditating on smaller monthly intentions and see how that changes your outlook on life and your goals. You may be surprised by how much it can help you accomplish your big-picture goals in the long run.