Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Being super goal oriented has always been ingrained into my brain. List after list for daily, weekly, monthly, and yes, even yearly goals, are something that I just can't live without. They motivate me and show me just how far I've come in a short time, and they also show me where I'm headed and what it's going to take to get myself where I want to be. 

Today, instead of just sharing my monthly goals with you, I'm going to also share how I use goals, the kind of goals that I set for myself, and how they lead to my ultimate success. As most of you know, I quit my full-time job in February 2017, to pursue blogging full-time. You bet there were tons of goals set in place in order for me to even think about being able to take that huge leap of faith. Setting realistic goals and time frames for those goals are what ultimately led to my success in being a full-time blogger.

How Goal Setting Leads to Growth & Success

One // Goals are meant to challenge you

If a goal doesn't challenge you to jump out of your comfort zone, you're never going to see real growth. Don't stay too far in your comfort zone that you cheat yourself out of where you could be. Allow yourself to try new ways of doing things, take your goals to the next level, and persist until your goal is achieved.

Two // Setting realistic goals bring growth

Though your goals are meant to challenge you, you also want to be setting realistic goals. Don't over do it on your goals to the point where you frustrate yourself, because you aren't hitting your goals. Break your larger goals down into weekly, monthly, and maybe an ultimate year-end goal, so that your goals are more realistic and attainable. When your goals are broken down in smaller segments, you are less likely to get discouraged and actually achieve them.

Three // Goal setting cultivates self accountability and time management

When you set goals for yourself, you are the one that wants to achieve them. Not your Mama, your Daddy, spouse, or your best do. This means that you are responsible for how and when you achieve them. I'll be honest, when I first started setting goals for myself, I was unmotivated to achieve them, because I didn't have enough self accountability or a strong enough sense of time management when working from home. Creating goals and deadlines for yourself is great, but the growth that comes from actually achieving them due to self accountability is the true growth that matters.

Four // Goals motivate and inspire

Whenever I write down my goals, I brainstorm where I want to be by such and such time. It allows me to get creative, I am immediately inspired, and I get excited to achieve those goals. I don't know about you, but whenever I am inspired to achieve a goal, I am so much more motivated to achieve it. The two work hand-in-hand for me, and I bet they will for you, too!

Five // Goals allow you to see how far you've come

The best part of setting and achieving goals is that it allows you to see your growth and see just how far you've come within the week, month, or year. It's crazy to think back to where you were a year ago and celebrate the growth. Even if you weren't able to accomplish something, don't be discouraged. Make an action plan for that specific goal you are struggling with and kick that goal's booty.

October Goals Revisited

Personal Goals 

One // Secure a steady part-time job on the side of blogging

Whomp Whomp. This was a no go. I did apply for several positions, but a lot of the places that I applied to are taking forever to even review the submitted application. 

Two // Purge my vanity

I did this! I ended up pulling a lot of new and unused products that I will be selling soon on Poshmark for some extra $$!

Blogging Goals

One // Score eight sponsored posts for the month

I only had 4 sponsored posts go live during October, but I did lock in 9 sponsored posts. The other 5 will just be going live in November. So I kinda hit this goal. It would have been ideal for them to all have gone live in October, but that's okay!

Two // Do a readers survey and/or Q&A post

Check! I did this one, too! You can check out my very first Q&A here: Grace Winery Birthday Celebrations + Q&A

November Goals


One // Start working out again

Though I am not large by any means, I have noticed things about my body within the last few months that I am not happy about. With just a little daily exercise, I know that I will physically feel and look better, and it will ease my mind about some of my body problems. Honestly, I just want to fit in my favorite pair of jeans again--how does a few extra pounds make such a huge difference?!

Two // Continue to hunt for a PT job

I really want a house and I need to have a PT job with income that "counts" to help with the mortgage. When you're self-employed, your income is basically non-existent for at least two years when you're applying for mortgages. So, that's where a super PT job comes in. Something better come through! haha!


One // Start to update Pinterest and create new pins for older blog posts

I have some pins from the beginning of the year that I just want to give a refresh to and I also have some posts that I think could benefit from having additional pins. Pinterest is my main jam and I want to make sure I'm giving it tons of good content to lead back to my blog! Better pins equals more views.

Two // Be braver and send out more pitches directly to brands

What's the worst thing a brand tells me, no? I am at the point where I have established my own brand and I am confident in my blog and writing that I can score these types of posts. I need to stop waiting for brands to reach out to me, get out of my comfort zone, do a little research, and make the first bold move.

I hope that if nothing else, this post has helped motivate and inspire you to follow your own dreams and set achievable goals for yourself. I find that writing them out really helps me turn them into a reality. Goals are meant to be made, because you are determined enough to achieve them.

What goals are you setting for yourself today, this week, month, this year? Let me know in the comments. Let's encourage each other and keep each other accountable.

"So in all that you do, stay classy, stay positive and love the life you live. The world is at your fingertips, darling." 

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