Are you confident you can reach your blogging goals?
Most bloggers will tell you they are.
But very few really believe that.
They might be trying to convince you.
But more likely, they’re trying to convince themselves.
So, am I talking about self confidence, here?
I suppose to some extent.
But more than that, I’m talking about your ability to establish a method you can use to reach your blogging goals.
Let’s talk about that.
Devise a method to
reach your blogging goals
What do I mean by “method?”
Well, you can’t expect to reach your blogging goals if you don’t have a method.
I might really want to move to Texas, even if I have no car, job, or bus fare.
Sure, I really want to make it happen.
But how am I going to get there?
So, I could devise a method.
I go through a process of getting a job lined up in Texas.
Maybe I work a part-time job to save up money for a car or bus fare so I have the means of traveling there.
That may be a really oversimplified example.
But it makes the point that no matter how much I wish I could move to Texas, it’s not going to happen until I devise a method for making that happen.
Your blogging method
To reach your blogging goals, you need to come up with a method, too.
There are many different methods you could come up with.
In fact, you’re not usually looking for just one method, but a series of methods that work together, in harmony.
Put them all together and you have an overall method for getting to where you want.
But there’s one thing that you must include in whatever blogging method you come up with.
It must be included, not only because it always works, but because you’re not likely to have much of any success at all without it.
That’s why I call it the “magic method.”
The magic method
I call this method the magic method because it’s all you need to reach your blogging goals.
And because it’s drop-dead simple.
It may not be easy, though.
In fact, many bloggers struggle greatly to stick with it.
It’s a very simple method to design and implement.
The first part of this method is getting a really clear vision of why you blog.
What is the reason you want to be a blogger?
It can be reasons like…
- make money
- get professional recognition
- showcase your expertise
- further a cause you believe in
Part of that vision is what you want your blog to become.
- top blog in my niche
- profit maker
- inspiration to people with a specific problem or issue
- good resource for readers
Work on your vision
I’d like you to sit for a moment and write just one sentence that reflects the vision you have for your blog.
Don’t just rattle off the first thing that comes to mind.
Really put some thought into why you blog and what you want your blog to become.
These will become your blogging goals.
Remember, you can never reach your blogging goals without establishing this very clear vision.
Plan of action
Your plan of action is different from your vision.
A vision is something you want to see happen.
But your goals are the specific things that you must accomplish to make it a reality.
So, for instance, one of your blogging goals might be to build an email list of 1,000 subscribers.
But you need a plan of action to achieve that goal.
Work on your plan of action
So you might set up a plan of action.
- Publish a new article twice a week.
- Ask people to subscribe to your email list at the end of each article.
- Set up a landing page where people can subscribe.
- Link to that landing page at least 3 times on each blog post.
- Create a free ebook offer to entice people to subscribe.
- Share the link to one of your blog posts every day on 3 social media platforms.
Now, this might be, for example, a 90 day plan of action.
At the end of the 90 day period, you could review the success of your plan of action.
Then, you could decide to continue it for another 90 days, or modify the plan.
Or, you could even trash it when it doesn’t seem to be working.
If you trash it, simply create a new plan of action to replace it.
Remember, your blogging goals will stay the same, but your plan of action for achieving them can always be changed, improved, trashed or whatever seems right.
That’s no problem.
The main thing is to always maintain a plan of action designed to help you reach your blogging goals.
That’s a critical part of this magic method.
The key to the magic method I’m laying out for you is to always stay focused.
And then, work on becoming even more focused.
Like a laser.
The extent to which you will be able to reach your blogging goals depends on how much focus you develop.
Now, you might think this sounds too simple.
And it is.
There’s nothing complicated about it.
It’s easy to say “become more focused.”
But let’s talk for a moment about just how you can sharpen your blogging focus.
You’ve probably heard many times… focus on the goals you want to achieve.
So, I’ll say it again, here.
To reach your blogging goals, you must learn to focus.
Distraction is the main thing you need to overcome in order to focus.
Now, here’s a quick little exercise you can try.
Remember that I asked you to “sit for a moment and write just one sentence that reflects the vision you have for your blog.”
Well, now it’s time to use that sentence.
Let’s make it your private focusing exercise.
Simply make that sentence your mantra for the next 30 days.
Say it out loud when you wake up and just before you go to bed for the night.
You could even write it down and put it where you will see it throughout the day.
This might be on your refrigerator, mirror above the sink or on your desk.
What happens when you focus?
You see, when you focus on that one mantra, or on anything else designed specifically to help you reach your blogging goals, your brain starts to create new neurological tracks.
Your brain is wired to create habitual patterns of behavior.
In order to reach your blogging goals, or create any other behavior, you need to create new neurological tracks.
It’s generally recognized that it takes about 5 weeks to break a habit, or to create a new one.
That means, if you faithfully repeat the little exercise I just gave you, every day, at least 2 or 3 times a day, for 5 weeks… you can actually create a whole new neurological path in your brain.
Just like magic.
Except it’s not magic.
It’s a matter of you putting all your focus into one specific thing that will help you reach your blogging goals.
Reach your blogging goals using this magic method
Think of this.
A newborn baby has virtually no established patterns of behavior.
Yet, when it does something that leads to success, it immediately begins to form such a pattern.
It may start to crawl.
Then, it locks into a habitual pattern of crawling to reach it’s goal of attaining toys or food or whatever.
In other words, it has created a brain pattern related to a successful means of obtaining toys.
That doesn’t mean the baby will always crawl to get toys.
Soon, it learns to walk to achieve that goal.
So it abandons, and eventually loses sight of one pattern of behavior… crawling.
It replaces it with a more effective one… walking.
Just like magic.
But it really only seems like magic.
None of these brain pattern changes happen magically, or instantly.
They take clear, focused intent and effort until they become habitual.
You can reach your blogging goals if you focus on what you want to achieve.
And then transform your focus into action.
Your actions need to follow a specific method.
The effectiveness of the method you choose will be the key to your success.
Now, I’d like to hear from you.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
Have you got a good strategy and action plan?
Do you have a clear vision of the path you must follow to succeed?
How is it working out?
And do you think the “magic method” I’ve described here can help you reach your blogging goals?
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