|The view from 30,000 feet as I write this|
- Some bloggers talk about, and give links to their favorite posts (all too often, their favorites posts just happen to have links to their courses or e-books)
- Some will talk about their personal finances and success factors of their businesses.
- Others still will look forward to 2013, and will issue their intentions for the new year.
I don’t share my personal finance stats (I might in the future, but that’s not the focus of this blog)
I haven’t set any goals for 2013
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How to Set a Goal
- How can you get 200 subscribers without getting 200 regular readers? In fact, you need a lot more readers than that, so now you are also increasing your readership.
- This may mean you are trying to raise your Search Engine Rank.
- To do this, you may need to focus the direction of your blog.
- You also need to work on conversion and retention of subscribers.
This is the difference between strategic and tactical. Your strategic goal is to increase subscribers by 200. All the other stuff is tactical – it’s the “how” of the goal.
Why I hate New Years Resolutions
Why I give you permission to set Goals for 2013
- I’m going to [eat healthier, work out more, drink less, etc.] this year
- I’m going to manage my money better this year
- I’m going to be nicer to people I meet this year
- I’m going to finally find a job I love this year
- To lose 30 pounds this year
- To work out 3 times per week this year
- To limit myself to 2 drinks per night, twice per week
- To track my finances using mint.com (or any other method – define it!) and reduce my spending on [food, bars, gas, clothes] by 15%
- To compliment at least one person every day
- To get a job working on alternative energy projects which I am proud to tell my family about
I also like to set a margin of error on those weekly/daily goals. I used to set a goal (working out every day was one) and then when I missed a day, I was a failure. Now, I set in a margin of error so that I can still be successful. For example, I would now say “To work out 3 times per week this year, for at least 45 weeks”. Now, if I miss a week, I’m still within the reach of my goal.
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- Make it specific
- Make it actionable (something you can work on)
- Make it meaningful (setting a goal to work out 3 times a week is pointless if you don’t actually want to work out)
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- Motivations – The Seinfeld Calendar at NevBlog
- Printable 2013 Calendar (if you don’t want a massive calendar) at PrintFree.com
- How to Have the Best Year of your Life (without setting a single goal) at ZenHabits
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (Affiliate link alert!)
- The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt (Affiliate link alert!)
- “I Don’t Know How” is Not a Valid Excuse by Steve Pavlina