4 Tips For Setting Goals


January 1, 2011 , ,

It feels a bit strange haven’t written a post since last year however it is a new year just a day old and this is the time when most of us start setting our Goals for the months ahead so let’s get cracking on. I do hope you all had a fantastic holiday and best of wishes to you all for the year 2011 which is expected to be just as challenging as the year before. What I am about to share with you in this post is 4 Tips for Setting your Goals. When setting your Goals makes sure that you think them through and be SMART.

1 Setting Your Goals

First and foremost this is where you begin. The first thing you need to do is ask yourself what are the most important things i need to achieve? Write these down no matter if it is blogging or personal but for clarity in this article we will focus on our blogging Goals make yourself a list of the five main Goals you are going to focus on. As a blogger let’s say your number one priority is your blog earnings yes Making Money is something we all inspire to so if that is your goal then make it realistic and achievable as possible not achieving your Goals can become heartbroken.

2 Having a Plan

There is old saying that I learn long ago which goes like this “If you fail to plan you plan to fail” so be careful for any business to succeed you need to have a plan. Planning is very important and is a crucial ingredient in the difference between success and failure. If you are looking at making say $5000 dollars from your blog this year then the best bet is to break it down into monthly earnings and work at it in stages, this will give you a clear indication where your plans are going.

3 Putting the Plan in Action

You have set your Goals and have a step by step plan drawn up now you need to put that plan into action. Most Bloggers fail because of this they set some Goals, draw up a great plan but do nothing with it. In every success stories you read about as Bloggers the call to action is always mentioned. You set yourself a Goal of $5000 earnings from your blog by year end but how are you going to do that? You might be planning to sell ad space or selling products but you need to get up and do it a plan don’t work by itself you need to put it into action.

4 Measuring and Evaluating your Success

You have done everything you set out to do up until now. Now you have come to the very crucial part of the puzzle measuring your success. Why? There is no other way to know if your hard work is paying off. If in your plan you have set smaller Goals like making $300 the first month you need to know if the method you set out in your plan to achieve is working. If you find that the plan is working then keeps doing what you are doing and improve on it else stop and adjust.

Let’s Recap

Set your Goals, make your plans put your plan into action and then measure and evaluate them. Bloggers it makes no sense setting Goals if you don’t put some form of plan in place then take action to ensure that they are working and measure and evaluate them that is the only way you are going to achieve your Goals. Please I would like to hear your views and have you set any Goals?

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42 thoughts on “4 Tips For Setting Goals”
  1. Great tips as usual. Goal setting…hmm…I haven’t been doing the same. Need to be more serious with it. For me, it is more like doing what you like the most. And honestly, it is the blogging itself. It has given me almost everything till date, keeping aside the money thing. But hopefully, I will have this online money making dream come true this year as it is surely one of my top blogging priorities this year. I other words, it is my top goal. Your tips are likely to help me in achieving the same. Thanks so much. Keep blogging 🙂

    1. Yes bro i realize that you are passinnate about blogging and hopefully this year you will see the difference Planing is important to success it gives you a clear path to follow and the ability to measure your success.

  2. Excellent tips.This time i am going to seriously set goals for blogging 🙂 as this is my New Year resolution and follow them in priority basis.

    I hope that i am able to stick to it.

    1. This is the best way to see where you are and where you are going goal setting is very important this will tell us the areas that are working and those that aren’t and we can adjust accordingly

  3. Hi lawmacs:

    I am visiting your site almost after one year. I hope I wished you greetings for the new year. In case I did not, here is a belated greeting Happy New Year to you. I wish you 2011 as the best year ever for you, professionally and personally.

    You have a meaningful and much needed post here. Set Plan and action are core foundation of goals. without that it is impossible to follow any goal in the true sense.
    You are right.

    Last month was one of the busiest month for me. I was doing the challenge for Ezine articles and I got the Achievement Award from them. I also had another writing project that I finished in time, but I ignored my blog little bit. I am back again.

    Let us move on to the New Year and do something great for our selves professionally.

    fran A

    1. Thanks Fran i really do value your support here i know sometimes we as bloggers get really busy but as you said it is a new year lets get on with it and o what we do best network and blog good luck to you and the new year.

  4. One can never underestimate the value of setting in goals in life as it works. Unfortunately goals sometimes get me worked up to the extent where I’m so stressed out to function normally all ’cause I’m trying so hard to accomplish them goals.

    1. Yes i do understand what you need to do is take a break and asses the situation getting worked up is not the answer this will only cause mistake and frastration blogging has its ups and downs and simetimes we feel like giving up best of wishes for the new year

  5. Some great tips bro, You are right, setting goals is really very important in life. Without goals one cannot really imagine success. But also more important is to plan and implement the goal. Many times people set goal but they become lazy and do not work forwards to reach their goal.

    1. Planing how and what you are going to do to achieve your goals is very important setting goals and don’t work towards them is just a waste of time as i have said in my post if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. don’t get caught out.

  6. Very good collections listed out here, i love the 2nd and 4th actually. good job.. go ahead promoted the post.. Thanks

    1. Thanks for you comment i am very happy that some one find the post i write useful that is what actually gives me the motivation thanks for promting the post that is what networking is about

  7. Right on the spot, Gary. We will have better chance at succeeding in any venture we set our minds on if we know how to set our goals, make plans based on these goals, working on these and then setting up a system for evaluating everything we have done. Thanks for posting. This is very valuable, especially at the start of the year.

    – Wes –

    1. Thanks wes for adding your voice to the debate it is all a plasure to read your comment setting goals is easy any novice can do that planing the course we are going to take is the bit that needs careful consideration Thanks for you comment and support

  8. Lawmacs,

    That’s simple but yet hard to apply tips LOL.

    Especially planning, i am personally bad at planning.

    But if people can do those tips above, iam sure with persistency they will achieve what they aim for.


    1. Setting goals is simple that is true we all know that creating th eplan as to how we will achieve the goals is the more complicated part however way you look at it we need to set goals that is the only way we can measure our success

  9. measuring is one of the key elements I think..you can not be better without measuring and making things better..

    1. You said it absolutely right measuring is the key elements here which we need to do that is the only way we will know if our goals are working thanks for stoping by and adding your voice to the debate

  10. I think if everyone only follows these four steps,the goal will be set properly and I believe it ‘ll be achieved even in a better manner.

    SEO Expert

    1. Thanks for taking the time to add your voice to the debate in everything we do in life we set goals sometimes we do them without even notice. take for example you tell yourself that you will update your blog twice weekly thaen that is goal setting. simple isn’t

  11. I agree with you that Planning is very important and is a crucial ingredient in the difference between success and failure.

    1. Hi Bishwajeet long Time i do hope you had a wonderful holiday and best of wishes for 2011 and all your plans be successful Thanks for adding your voice here you comments is much appreciated.

  12. Great tips Gary. I’m just writing a new post about “How to set financial goals” and know your priorities is one of most important point before setting your goals. Just know what you really can do can help you better understand the goals you should pursue.

    1. Thanks for adding should a valuable point Nicola knowing what your prioritis are is very important will have a look at your new post how to set financial goals setting goals is very important to success.

  13. Hey Gary,
    This is my first visit to your blog and I like this post about setting goals in life very much. I like the point where you say, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. I think this is first principle when someone starts a project or anything else in life.
    Thanks for a very good post.

    1. Thanks for the visit and welcome to my site i am happy to have you here and it is so nice of you to visit and taking the time to add your voice to the debate here hope you have a wonderful year

  14. In marketing your products or services online it is best to start in blogging because it is also one of the easy but task full ways in making your products popular. It is also important that you focus on what goal you wanted to achieve within the period of time in order to succeed.

    1. That is true thanks for taking the time to add your voice to the comment setting your goals is very important to the survival of any business i do hope you achieve all your results this year. Good luck and best of wishes.

  15. Hi Gary

    One of the points you make I have not thought of but should have….measuring my goals achiever which I know I should be doing. Will have to adjust my goals. Especially with how many articles I write each week for my ebook so that it does get published within a time frame.

    Thanks for all the salient points you have made. I have some challenges ahead 😉

    Patricia Perth Australia

    1. That is one point we need to focus on if we don’t measure our goals then we won’t know if we are achieving them setting the goals is okay but we must ensure that we measure them Thanks for your comment

  16. I think starting my own on line business has been harder than I thought but one of the hardest parts was goal setting because I am only accountable to me. Your article was really helpful and got me to focus a little better. Thank you.

  17. It is hard sometimes to set realistic goals. I think that it is so so important when running any business but especially on line business. I find being a creative minded person I get off task often but goal setting has helped. Nice and helpful article.

  18. These are Awesome Points … Every Person Should Follow these Points for their Business. I results good at the End 🙂

  19. In marketing products it is best to start in blogging because it is one of the easy ways in making products popular. It is also important to focus on what goal you wanted to achieve within the period of time in order to succeed.

  20. Having mentioned being SMART in your first paragraph, I remembered an acronym I have learned in my Management class. True enough, your goal must be SMART meaning it should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. If you have those key elements in for your goal-setting then I’m pretty sure you can reach it in no time.

  21. Great advice for everyone. Most of us do not like to plan things out but as you said if you do not plan then your plan will fail. In some ways this goes along with self organization, you have to become organized and set your mind on what you would like to achive.

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