We are a third of the way into January… and if you haven’t already set your blog goals for 2013, it isn’t too late! You can still declare the year as yours. Set your compass to where you want to arrive by December. If you’ve already set your goals, you are perfectly in your rights to modify them. Perhaps the ambitions of midnight on December 31st have been tempered since you finished your glass of champagne. Or perhaps your idealism has begun to wane now that work has taken the place of idealism. Don’t give up on your goals yet, though!
When setting goals, you should keep these things in mind:
1. S.M.A.R.T – Your goals should be Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. “I’m going to take the blog world by storm” or “I’m going to have a great year” are great starting points… but make sure that you nail down exactly what success looks like to you. “Blogging will pay for my daily coffee by the end of the year” or “I’m going to have my work published in 3 magazines by summer” will get you further.
2. Write down your goals. Keep them in a place you can refer to them often. This reminds you of what you want to accomplish. It lets you check your compass to make sure that your actions are still in line with achieving your goals. And it allows you to physically check off goals you have achieved.
3. Goals don’t have to be set in stone. Ideally, goals are not flexible. But life is fluid, and sometimes our goals have to be too. Our five-year-plans become ten-year-plans when we find that we are expecting another child, are faced with a move, or have unexpected opportunities presented to us. It doesn’t make sense to say “no” to the present because we are focusing too hard on the future.
4. Think back from the desired result. Decide where you want to be, and reverse-engineer how you get there. Then make this process your set of goals. Follow the path you set for yourself, and you’ll arrive at your desired destination.
5. Consider a theme for your goals. Many people choose to have a “word for the year”. This word might be a summation of the goals they have written down, or it might be an overall theme for the year in lieu of a list of desired achievements.
Choose what works for you! It doesn’t matter how you decide what path is right for you – as long as you start putting one foot in front of the other… every step getting closer to living your dream!