Laziness and lack of persistence and consistency are among top reasons why bloggers fail, giving up too early on their dream for success. The best way to overcome them is by setting goals and committing to achieve them. Goal setting is not only helpful in blogging, but it is an imperative to leading a happy and meaningful life also. People live more satisfied lives if they make steady progress toward achievements that are valuable to them, as confirmed by psychologists.
Writing down your goals will boost your commitment.
Studies have shown that people who write their goals accomplish significantly more than people who don’t. Check this article for more prove.
To help you stay true to your blogging and achieve success, following are four Blogger Babes goal-setting tips you can apply in your lives starting today…
Don’t set more than 5 to 7 goals at a time.
Sticking through these changes is hard enough as it is; so why make it harder? You can’t focus effectively on too many goals (we are just not designed that way), and you’ll only end up accomplishing very little. Instead, select only a handful of goals that are most important to you at this point of your blog development; goals that you’ll know by heart.
Develop S.M.A.R.T. goals.
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym, meaning to develop goals that are:
Specific – You are much likely to achieve a goal if you are perfectly clear about what you want to accomplish, as well as specific in your description. “Get better on Facebook” is a lot less motivating than “Optimize your Facebook page for more search success” for example.
Measurable – You want to know your progress toward your goals, whether and how much you have accomplished. For this you need to establish firm criteria, a quantification of the result – how much, how many, how will you know when the goal is achieved? Don’t write “Make more money from blogging than last year”. Write “Make $6,000 more from blogging than last year”.
Achievable – Achievable is a goal that you see as important, one you can connect to so you can start seeing ways it can come true. On the way you’ll develop the attitudes and skills needed to not overlook opportunities that can take you closer to your end goals and help grow your blog (these myths won’t). If you can answer how your goal can be accomplished, then it is achievable.
Realistic – Realistic means both a goal that you want and can achieve. It doesn’t mean you should stick to your comfort zone and below your potentials without stretching yourself further; – on the contrary, such goals are meaningless. But you don’t want them to be too high either as they also lack motivation. Set your blogging goals to represent substantial progress and you are on the right track.
Timely – A goal that doesn’t have an end date is just a dream. When do you want to reach 5,000 Twitter followers? Someday won’t work. You need to anchor your goal within a timeframe – by end of July this year, by December 31st. If there’s no specific date when the goal expires, there’ll be no sense of urgency and less chance for success.
Regularly review your goals.
When you write them down, your goals have more meaning, you state your intention, and put things in motion. But by frequent and regular review, – every day, once a week, once a month, – you can make them real.
When looking at your goals, think about the steps you can make to get closer to reaching those objectives. Maybe the conditions have changed, and now more things seem possible. Only by frequent and regular review will you be able to recognize and utilize these new situations.
Keep them to yourself, or share selectively.
Tell your blogging goals only to people who can and will support you, friends and fellow bloggers who are committed to helping you achieve them. Or, even better, keep them to yourself. Watch the TED talk below by Derek Sivers exposing research data that shows why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
We’ll end this week with a little bit of inspiration for dedication.
Tell us what else helps you stick to achieving your goals? Do you write them down? Please comment…