Darren Rowse over on Problogger.net has challenged his readers to another group writing project, this time focusing on the goals that people have for their sites. I thought it would be a good opportunity to make explicit my goals for this site.
How are you going to get there if you don't know where you are going?
The Free Dictionary defines a goal as an objective, the reason you do something. In one way or another, everything you do has a goal. The goal may be something big or it may be something small. The goal may be constructive, or it may be self-defeating. You may be conscious of it or you may be pursuing it unconsciously. But you always have a goal.
In other articles I've discussed the need for you to have a mission in life in (see Your Mission In Life and Developing Your Goals). Pompous as it may sound, my main mission in life is to live consciously, freeing myself from self-imposed destructive limitations, while helping others.
Your major goals, if you don't want to engage in self-defeating behavior, need to further your mission in life. On my About page I tell you my main goal for this site is to express some of the things I have learned in my life in a way that you may find useful in your own life. I encapsulated my overall goal for this site in the following aphorism, which I spend a couple of minutes a day meditating on while visualizing it as being true:
For the good of all, with the free will of all, I provide a high quality, high traffic personal development website that people willingly support economically.
To further this end I have subsidiary goals for this site. These include
- Build readership - Without readers I'm talking to myself. That's boring, to say the least
- Make some money - I'm not a professional blogger, but financial rewards are one way of saying "Hey, you did a good job." Once people get here, they may check out the software I write and find that it is useful to them. They may even click on an ad
- Tell my children things they won't necessarily listen to if I tell them face-to-face (anyone who has children will know what I mean)
- Hone my writing skills
- Become a published writer
- Make articles available for other service coordinators to include in their newsletters
- Meet new people, if only electronically
Even though this section of my site is new, it is showing signs of accomplishing most of the goals I have set for it.
As is the case with most things, the law of unintended consequences comes into play, also. To write my articles, I have to clarify my thinking and examine my own beliefs on the subjects. This has had the effect of furthering my own personal development efforts.
There is an old saying that if you want something done, ask a busy person. As a result of working on this site, I find I'm able to get more done in other parts of my life. The energy you have to draw on increases as you utilize it if you are doing something that is beneficial to you, and your ability to focus on a task until it is finished and then do something else improves with practice.
The process I have followed for this site can be used with any goal.
- Remember your mission
- Define a goal to implement that mission.
- Design a focus phrase that encapsulates the goal and visual it as true.
- Define the subsidiary goals for the main goal
- Perform the tasks leading to the goal.
- Enjoy the results.
- Repeat from step one, refining the process.
So what are your goals? Do they further your mission in life, or do they work at cross-purposes with it? Think about it. You'll be happier if you do.
Blogging Goals Redux
A complete list of all the contributers to this project is located here. Some of my favorite entries are:
- Is It True I Should Have Blog Goals? by Melly
- How to ensure you achieve your goals by Phil Newton
- One Goal to Rule Them All by Christine Kane
- Jason Boog Always Screws Up His Goals a video story-telling by Jason Boog
- Blogging for myself by Wintermute
- Bone, Bark, and Bite to Attain Blog Goals by Renee