Goals are so important when it comes to being successful in whatever you are doing. Otherwise it is like trying to drive to a new destination without a map – you are sure to get lost.
Your Goals Are Your Map To Success
Let have a think about maps for a second. You start at once spot and you are trying to find the best route to your destination, so you start plotting your course, finding out which streets you have to take and the land marks you will pass along your way. Each of theses streets and landmarks are important in reaching your final destination because without them you would not know if you were still heading in the right direction.
It Is The Same With Your Goals.
With whatever you are doing, whether it be affiliate marketing, blogging, product creation or any goals that you may have in life, you have one goal that is your final destination. For example, in blogging my final destination is to become a blogger that has maximum exposure and authority in my blogging niche while making a full-time income.
Now I cannot expect to reach my final destination if I have not mapped out a course to get there. My final destination is a great example because it is made up of three different sections:
- Blogger With Maximum Authority that has a
- Blog With Maximum Exposure while making
- A Full-Time Income
You may be thinking, “don’t they all roll in together?” and at a first glance it does look like it. If a blog had maximum authority, you would think it has maximum exposure. And if you had an authoritative blog with maximum exposure, you would have to believe that it would be making a full-time income. But that is not the case.
I have seen many blogs that have just one of these qualities, which has made me realize that I have to start mapping 3 routes that I will have to travel simultaneously, to arrive at my final destination.
Back To Street And Landmarks
Let’s back track for a second. Now that we have realized we need to start plotting the routes to our goals, remembering that we may have to take more than one route – depending on our final goal, we need to make special stops along the way that we can use as markers to make sure that we are still on track.
Just as when you are driving to somewhere new and your passenger is telling you, “Now turn left into (street name), then follow that along a couple of miles and you will pass (large local shopping center).” You need to create smaller goals that will make sure you are heading in the right direction.
You have to be diligent with your small goals because one wrong turn – one missed goal, may have you heading in the opposite direction of your destination.
How To Break Your Goals Down
The best way I have found to create my small, guiding goals is to estimate how long I expect to take to reach my final destination and then break that time period down into smaller time frames with smaller goals – it’s quite simple really.
Let’s look at a simple example:
Let’s say that my goal is to have 500 rss feed subscribers for my blog within 6 months, and we currently have 50.
This means that in 6 months we need to get 450 new subscribers! This may look like a daunting number but lets start to break down the numbers a little bit.
- 450 New Subscribers (Divided By) 6 Months = 70 New Subscribers A Month
70 new subscribers a month! This is more that we currently have in total, so the goal still looks a little bit daunting. Let’s break it down more.
- 70 New Subscribers (Divided By) 30 Days = 2 New Subscribers A Day
I don’t know about you, but two new subscribers a day just seems so much easier to believe than 70 subscribers in a month, or 450 in 6 months!
2 Subscribers A Day
Now we know what we have to achieve each day to hit our 450 new subscribers in 6 months, we can keep track of our progress and re evaluate if necessary. If after one month we realize that we have only gained 35 new subscribers we can now stop and look at what we have been doing and consider different routes – maybe even short cuts, to help us get our goals back on track. An example of a shortcut could be a contest or a free present for subscribers.
Make Sure You Are Setting Your Small Goals!
So I encourage you to take a look at your goals and ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I heading In The Right Direction?
- Am I On Target To Reach Them In The Desired Time?
If you answer yes to this question, hopefully you already have your small goals in place. If not I highly recommend that you create some.
However, if after answering those questions you realize that you are not looking at hitting your goals when you planned – or maybe not even at all, then you need to stop what you are doing and map out your route. Having a detailed route to your destination will save you a lot of wasted time, wasted money and frustration!
This is a guest post written by Tom Sinfield over at StandOutBlogger.com who runs a blog that focuses on training, inspiring and encouraging bloggers to stand out from the crowd and start making money.