On the whole, setting a goal is pretty simple. You just think of something you’d like to achieve and start doing it, right? Maybe not so right. For ages, I was setting empty goals and getting nowhere then getting in a huff because I was seeing no progress. I call them ’empty goals’ because they have an end result that you want to see but no path to get there.
The best way to describe it is that you’re going to visit somewhere new and there are no signs for it, you can’t ask for directions and it’s not on any map. You know where you need to go but you have no clue how to get there. Seeing no progress when you’re actually trying has to be the biggest kick in the teeth ever.
What is it that you want to achieve? Like, what do you really want? When I’m doing this, I like to go for the things that I feel most passionate about. Preparing yourself by thinking about what you want will allow you to have a clearer idea of what goals to set. I think that we’ve all chased a goal that we kinda knew we didn’t want to achieve. We talk ourselves into this.
My example of this is being a beauty blogger. When I started blogging, beauty bloggers were the thing. So, I branded myself a beauty blogger and chased the goal of being the next Zoella. Truth is, I can’t apply makeup for my life and I’ve only just mastered the art of using more than one colour on my eyelid. It wasn’t for me and so I wasn’t prepared to put in the effort required into being the next beauty guru.
Also, prepare yourself for any added extras that may come along with this goal. If you want to learn how to drive, then be prepared to fork out a good chunk of money. If you want to learn to play the piano, then be prepared to make extra time for practice. Really give yourself the chance to get to know what you truly want.
Figure out your why
I probably yabber on about having a ‘why’ way more than I should but it’s for a good reason. Now, you’ve sat down and had a think about what you want but why do you want it? If what you want is to lose some weight, is this coming from a positive place? If your goal comes from a place with negative energy then you’ll be less inspired about it.
Make your ‘why’ into something encouraging. I would say that having a ‘why’ is so important because it puts purpose behind your goal. Not sure about you but I hate doing things with no intention behind them. I’m not at all a very spontaneous person and oftentimes, if I do something it’s because there’s a reason why I want to spend time on it.
I put a lot of time, effort and resources into my blog because I’m passionate about it. I love writing. Knowing people read my content makes my heart happy. It gives me a hobby which could someday possibly be turned into a career. These are the reasons why I blog.
Split it up into smaller chunks
Thus far, you’ve sat and thought about what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. Now the next step is to split it up. One of my main goals is to turn my blog into my side hustle. By itself, that can seem really daunting and overwhelming as it seems like such a big goal to achieve.
So I broke it down. Now my goals are broken down into having three blog posts scheduled a week, being active on social media and engaging with brands more. Even breaking it down into three goals make it feel much less intimidating. Rather than trying to make my blog profitable my goal.
My goals are to put more work into my blog because usually people with consistent post schedules, a good relationship with their audience and links to brands are the people who can make their blog profitable.
Make it workable
Now that you’ve done the previous steps it’s time to make it workable. Using the example of turning my blog into my side hustle split into three chunks. I can make the first chunk workable by setting out an hour every weekday and four hours on the weekend to ensure that I’m ahead with my content schedule.The second chunk can be made workable by taking 30 minutes before I wind down for bed to schedule any social media for the next day.
And so on and so forth. Put aside as much time as you see reasonable to commit to your goals. Talking about making time and putting it aside is something that I’m super interested in and is a whole post in itself. You have the same 24 hours in your day as the fashion blogger who’s killing her OTDs. As the beauty blogger getting PR package after PR package. Make. The. Time.
Setting aside your time and actually working for your goals will see you get closer and closer to where you want to be. There is always a way to make things work and though sometimes you may have to get a little creative, there will always be something.
♡ What goal are you currently working to achieve?
“Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there” – Zig Ziglar.
Until next time,