Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Set Goals that Matter

In blogging and in life, I’m a big fan of goal setting. The saying goes, if you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there. The process of setting goals defines where you’re headed--and shows you the path to getting there.

 Goals helps you to focus, to prioritize, to channel your energy. That’s why it’s crucial that you set the right goals, so you can devote your resources to the right things. To make the most of your life online, make sure you set goals that matter.

 What are you aiming for? Maybe ultimately you want a million pageviews a month, or to have a page rank of 5, or to be on The Today Show.  (Those aren’t the kind of goals I’m talking about.)

 So many women in the online space blog because they want to be heard. Because they have words to share. Because they want to connect with others. If you want to build relationships online, make a plan that reflects this desire: set relational goals for yourself.

 Need some ideas to get started? Try these:
  • comment on 5 blogs a day.
  • Leave 10 comments in the Influence forums per week.
  • Ping friends or want-to-be-friends on twitter daily.
  • Email a blogger you admire each week just to say you enjoy their work.
Relationships develop organically over time, sure. But they have to start somewhere. Challenge yourself to show up, to reach out, to connect.

 Set specific, measurable, actionable goals that--if carried out--will connect with you others.

 I’ve been amazed at the richness of relationships I’ve found online, but they didn't just happen overnight. Like all things worth building, relationships take work. So work at it. Set some goals. Find your people online. If you're just getting started, this is a great place to look.

Anne Bogel loves strong coffee, long books, and big ideas. She puts a timely spin on timeless women’s issues at her blog Modern Mrs Darcy.

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