Staying Sane and Motivated When Accomplishing Big Goals
It’s official! The Fourteen Feathers blog is turning 1! *Imagine confetti spraying all over*
It’s time for you to make huge strides with goal setting, mindset, tuning out the negative talk and planning. Make your dream a reality!
During this time last year, we were securing our domain and social media names and purchasing our hosting. Stuff was getting serious! We figured out who we were and who we wanted to be as bloggers. Another important step was to take time to figure out who we weren’t. It also didn’t take long for us to figure out everything we didn’t know. Our plan evolved the more we opened ourselves up to and the more we learned.
Perhaps the biggest test of taking on any new challenge of significance is the changes that must take place inside you to be able to accomplish your result.
For us, starting this community was significant and we are going to get real about what changes we had to make to get here and give you some ideas and inspiration on how you can do the same for your goal.
After reading this blog post, you are going to be armed with some new tools to take back and implement in your life to start doing some big things.
The very first step was getting serious about goals and achievement. It’s hard to go in the right direction when you haven’t broken down what the right direction is.
A couple of months after getting started on this blog, we jumped into a guided goal setting session to learn how to properly assess progress and obstacles. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of running a blog and we realized fast that we weren’t doing all that we could to stay ahead of what we wanted to achieve.
We now make new goals every year, quarter, month, and week and do very regular check-ins to assess progress.
Keep in mind, although we may be skilled at setting goals, checking tasks off our list and doing reviews, we still don’t complete every single goal. While it is fantastic if you do, it isn’t always realistic. Some goals will be bigger then what can be accomplished in your time frame once you dive into them or maybe you need to do some more background work first.
The point of doing regular goal setting and check-ins for us has become a way to ensure that we are making progress towards our big focus points
If you are setting out on the path of achieving some new things, get your goal setting in order by implementing time into your life to do this. Focus on what you want to accomplish in the upcoming month and reflect on what didn’t work out well and how you can improve this for the future.
This tool will mean big things to your life if you’re putting the work into it.
Another major step towards accomplishing big things is getting yourself into a growth mindset. Unless you have experience in what you are doing, you need to be okay with setbacks and using those setbacks to learn and keep moving forward.
As we’ve already covered, you aren’t going to make 100% of your goals in the timelines you set. You may run into an obstacle that you have to figure out or do some background work and chances are, you won’t have an easy solution. We’ve all run into this so many times! This means we must go on a detour for a little bit to learn the background work we have to do or learn a completely new skill and do research to accomplish some goals.
Running into an obstacle doesn’t mean it’s the end. You figure out how to get around and keep moving.
Think of these situations as opportunities to learn and get out of your normal skill comfort zone when you need to.
Get Rid of the Negative Talk
If you’re trying to do something new and out of the box for your everyday “normal”, know that some people may totally not get what you’re doing.
We have had our fair share of people close to us who do not understand why we would want to start a blog, or they believe they have two cents that are valuable to add when they don’t have any clue what it entails.
It’s not always easy but you can’t be worried about what your friends or family are going to think. Of course, we want to be validated and liked but chances are, they aren’t the target audience of what you’re trying to do, so focus on building the community you need support from.
This may also be a good time to start distancing yourself from people who aren’t supportive and add comments that aren’t constructive. Creating distance gets the talk you don’t need out of here so you can focus on more important things.
Think You’re A Planner? Think Again
Before starting this blog, I thought I was a list maker and a planner. I was completely wrong.
Running a blog takes a lot of commitment because you are always aiming to be consistent. It is easier said than done! We were tested by keeping up with writing, focusing on marketing, learning all there is about SEO, hashtags, creating graphics and managing social media. This is where having a good content calendar and strategy makes a difference.
Once you get into the details, you begin to realize that it is all so much more complex then you could have ever dreamt.
As you are starting new goals to accomplish, you will realize that becoming a planner is one of the best things you can do to help yourself.
You will break your goal down into bite size chunks, create deadlines, schedule in time to collaborate if needed, build work-time into your schedule, get goal setting set up and be measuring progress along the way.
It may sound like a lot, but it takes practice and commitment. Anything that’s worthwhile takes this as well so don’t get discouraged if you run into a set back or obstacle in this area.
Creating a blog is a lot of work and takes a lot of commitment. We have made huge strides with goal setting, mindset, tuning out the negative talk and planning. All the things that we have done would be great for anyone trying to make a dream a reality.
We’ve told you the changes we made and why we had to do it. We gave you examples of how we did it and gave you a thought or two on how you can do it in your life too.
Congratulations on embarking on a new journey. We hope we have provided you a good glimpse into how many areas and changes take place and work together for success. If you’ve been here before, it’s okay! There is no better time than now to start fresh and our post has started you off with some great ideas.
What is a skill or trait you had to develop to accomplish a big goal in your life? Share it with us in the comments. If you have a friend that could use these tips to get their project or change off the ground, pass the info along!
Brandon and Cristal