As I pause and reflect, it is amazing to realize that I have been writing one blog post each week for the past eight months. That is a win in my book!
Despite writing a blog post every week, I experience the emotions in this quote regularly. I love the sense of accomplishment I get from completing a post, but the process of getting the words onto the page and arranged in a coherent format can be taxing.
I find that there are times in my life where I want the results of a choice without exerting any effort. For example, I want a blog post to appear every week without me spending the time to produce it. Another example, I want to lose weight without changing what I eat.
If you can relate to these same feelings, I want to encourage you to pursue the goal you have in mind. I have written about getting started before. Here are three lessons I am learning that may help you stay on track to achieve your goal.
- Consistency. John’s blog post made me think critically about my writing habits. I recognized that I need to be more consistent in writing throughout the week rather than all at one time. I evaluated my schedule and am working on committing a small amount of time each day to writing. Inconsistently making steps towards a goal is a recipe for accumulating unmet goals.
- Know “why”. On his radio show, Dave Ramsey regularly suggests that people go back to “why” they are making a plan for their money. Often this is because a spouse has tried to start with “what” instead of helping their partner see “why” a plan is best. This week, I stumbled upon a journal entry I made last May where I wrote down why I was starting my blog. Rereading my journal was invaluable for perspective and refocusing why I do this every week.
- Give yourself a deadline. One of the keys to good goal setting is to assign a time limit for accomplishing the goal. This is how I started my blog. I determined the day I would start and then publicized it. I committed myself to posting on that day, or I would not live up to what I said I would do. Each week I know that Monday morning is coming, and I need to have a post prepared. A deadline provides motivation to make steps towards completing a goal.
For the past eight months, I have been able to experience the joy of “having written”. In the process, I have even begun to enjoy writing. Don’t let the process of doing something stop you from pursuing a goal. Having completed a task or goal is worth the effort. I promise!
Question: What goals are you pursuing right now? What suggestions would you offer for staying on track? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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