It’s time to add the next row of block to the foundation of your blog – your vision for the future and the goals you want to accomplish. Again, all of this foundation work we’re doing will help you build a better blog.
What Is Your Vision For The Future?
An Olympic athlete doesn’t just wake up one morning and say, “Well. I think I’ll just go see how fast I can run around a track today.” From the time he was a child he’s had a very clear vision of what he wants to achieve. Some day, he wants to be the fastest runner in the world and win a gold medal.
Notice that his vision has nothing to do with making lots of money with sponsorships and he’s not thinking about all the things he could buy with that money, like a house or a car or pay for a college education. Those things don’t even enter into the picture. The one thing he envisions that would make him truly happy is to win a gold medal.
What’s your vision for the future of your blog? What do you hope to achieve?
Maybe you want to build a blog that will eventually allow you to quit your job. Or maybe you want to become known as a worldwide authority on some topic. Or maybe you want to build a blog so you can find more people who share your interest.
Imagine yourself three years from now. Where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing?
What Are Your Goals?
Defining your goals brings you another step closer to realizing your vision. For example, that Olympic athlete has always visualized himself winning a gold medal, but in order to realize that vision he has to set a specific goal: He has to work and train and do whatever it takes to improve his running skills so he can run a mile in less than three minutes and 45 seconds.
At the beginning of his training process, the athlete may not even be able to break the 10-minute mark. So it’s unrealistic to expect he’ll be able to get up off the couch and beat Allen Webb.
But he can break his goal down into more manageable pieces. For example, for the next 30 days he’ll work toward shaving one minute off his time. When he reaches that goal, he’ll spend the next 30 days working toward shaving off another 30 minutes. Each month he’ll evaluate his progress based on his ultimate goal and adjust his intermediate, more manageable goals accordingly.
If your vision for the future is to build a blog that produces enough income to allow you to quit your job, then your ultimate goal is to earn X number of dollars per month at the end of X number of years.
(Depending on your experience level and the time you have to commit to your blog, trying to achieve this goal in X number of months might be unrealistic and you’d be setting yourself up for failure).