I admit it: the reason for this post is a selfish one.
As 2016 begins, I’m already feeling the heavy rush that comes with stepping out of vacation mode and into the thick swarm of new year noise. I have lots of work, little time, and a packed schedule for weeks on end.
So setting a vision for the year – writing down specific goals and milestones to measure? Yeah, it’s on my to-do list. Somewhere.
However, I already regret starting 2016 without deeper reflection and focus. So I’m trying to carve out white space to really concentrate on goal-setting. And my process is beginning with some research.
I wanted to know: How are the most successful people online able to set laser focus? What advice would they give on goal-setting? Here’s what I found out.
The Copyblogger article “10 Ways to Build Authority as an Online Writer” by Demian Farnworth not only inspires writing greatness, but also personal greatness.
As soon I read this quote, I shared it on every social platform possible, copied it into a word document, and printed it big and bold to hang above my desk. If I have a (really long) mantra for 2016, this would be it.
Because reinvention IS scary. Attention IS scary. But not as much as mediocrity. Something serious to keep in mind when thinking of the year ahead.
In the video “How To Change The World & Live Your Purpose“, Marie Forleo and her guest Adam Braun of the organization Pencils of Promise, an organization that has built more than 200 schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America. They talk about how to unlock your deeper meaning and much, much more. It’s a great watch.
This quote is perfect for those of us (ahem, me) who look at big goals and feel completely overwhelmed. By praising our own small actions, and taking those small actions seriously, we can make true change.
Like most of you I’m sure, Facebook can feel like a messy mix of old friends, memories and new news. I rarely stop for more than a moment to pause and read each post.
But this recent post by Dale Partridge caught my attention and made me think. Because for me, this has been the goal all along and the reason I quit the agency world and started Cursive Content Marketing.
Yet it’s super easy to slip back into the work-work-work-OH YEAH LIFE-work-work-work pattern, even when you’re driving that pattern yourself as a business owner. So this is another quote that I will continue to revisit as I set my 2016 goals.
This quote is for the slacker inside all of us. The one whose resolutions include vague ideas like “being healthy” or “creating more time for myself”.
Goals are not the same as tasks. They’re not the things that we will or should be doing simply by continuing on our same path. They’re meant to challenge us and make us bigger and better.
In his article, Hyatt also mentions that goals and resolutions need to be measurable so that we can judge our progress. This is important, because while it makes goal-setting a little more challenging, understanding our own personal progress is essential to growth (and to maintaining momentum).
In his book Content, Inc., Joe Pulizzi describes all of the many influencers who helped create his goal-setting system, which includes separating goals into six categories: Financial goals; family goals; spiritual goals; mental goals; physical goals; and philanthropic goals.
I love that idea, but what I especially love is getting into the practice of reviewing your goals on a daily basis. It keeps you accountable, and it keeps the goals top of mind always. It makes it easier to judge your daily actions against your long-term vision.
So all the advice in the world is awesome, but it falls flat if you don’t take action on it.
That’s why I like this super-specific quote from the always-inspiring Natalie Macneil. Because now that I’m inspired to craft my 2016 goals … I guess I need to write them down. And I like the ideal of breaking them into a 5×5, measurable vision board for the entire year.
If you’re like me, you now have homework. If you’re more proactive, your goals for 2016 are already set. Either way, I hope these quotes inspire you to get at it or keep at it. Cheers to a super amazing 2016!