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How to crush your goals

How to crush your goalsYou want to crush your goals.

But you’re not quite sure where to start.

Right?

So let me show you where to start, when to get moving and how to crush your goals.

Here’s where you start.

Determine what your goal is.

What is it that you want to achieve?

Construct Achievable Goals

Wanting something is fine, but you now have to decide “is your goal achievable?”

Anybody can have goals and want to get certain things.

But you’re not going to crush your goals if you create ones that are neither realistic nor achievable.

I could have a goal to make a million dollars tomorrow. 

Is that a legitimate goal, though? 

In other words, is it really achievable?

Am I going to be able to crush that goal?

Not likely.

But I could settle on a goal that I actually believe is achievable.

Something like… I am going to to create an e-commerce site to sell fashion items.

Now, that’s a goal that is achievable.

I may not know how to create an e-commerce site.

But I can learn.

Or I can hire a coach to help me.

I could even outsource the task and have someone create the site for me.

I may not know what are the best fashion items to sell, but I can learn.

So yes, this is an achievable goal.

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Now, I just have to set some kind of a timeline standard to it.

Do I want to give myself a year to do this?

Or do I think I can get it done in three months?

So make your goal achievable and tie it to a realistic timeline.

Now you’re ready to get down to business and crush your goal.

Be specific

It seems obvious that you have to be specific with your goals.

But one of the big problems with people crushing goals is that they never make them specific enough.

I just gave you an example of setting up an e-commerce site in fashion.

That’s pretty specific.

So you could just say “I want to set up a website” as a goal.

Or “I want to set up an e-commerce site” as a goal.

Or you could even have said “I want to set up an e-commerce site, but I don’t know exactly in what niche.”

So you see, the more specific you can be, the more easily you’ll be able to crush your goals.

  • A good goal to set is that “I want to create an e-commerce site in fashion.”
  • Now, a pretty good, specific goal is “I want to create an e-commerce site but have to figure out a good niche.”
  • An okay but not so good goal is “I want to set up an e-commerce site.”
  • But pretty much a “no goal at all” alternative is to just say “I want to set up a website.”

The more specific you drill down with your goal, the better the idea you will have as to what you have to do to achieve it.

This is going to help you create the right strategy. 

If you’re too vague, you won’t know where you’re heading.

Then you’ll get frustrated and probably just give up on your goal after a short time.

Stick with your main goal

Now, if you’re not having the success you hoped for, you might want to change your goal at some point.

Oftentimes, when people are not specific about their goals, they end up changing them all the time.

A goal is something that should be pretty much set in stone for a defined period of time.

So if you want to create your e-commerce site within the next year, for example, then that’s a solid goal.

It’s something you’ve decided is going to happen in a year.

But if after 30 days, you decide “well, maybe I don’t want to focus my e-commerce site on fashion. Maybe I’ll do it in technology.” 

Then, you’re going to have to start all over again.

If you give it 60 days and then change it again, you’ll be starting all over again at that point.

So, you can begin to see what I’m saying.

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You’re going to get nowhere by just spinning your wheels by changing goals all the time.

Put your effort into creating a good goal that you can stick with for at least a year, but the longer the better.

Many people construct a good business based on a single goal, and then roll with that year after year.

That’s the ideal situation.

Devise Strategy

Believe it or not, the biggest challenge to crushing your goal is to get the right goal to begin with.

It’s funny that so many people just rush through that part of the process because they want to get going with doing the work to make it all work.

But there’s really no sense in working hard to achieve a poorly conceived, vague goal.

Now, once you are confident that you’ve got the right goal clearly in mind, you can move on to making it happen.

Specifically, you need to devise a strategy for achieving your goal.

For bloggers and digital marketers, that usually means creating and then syndicating good content.

Create & Publish content consistently

It’s important to create a steady flow of good content.

That’s how you get people interested in what you’re doing.

You can build an audience and following with good content.

Without it, you’ll be lucky to get anywhere at all.

So what’s your goal?

What kind of content do you need to produce and publish in order to crush your goals?

And as part of your strategy, you’ll have to decide how you’ll go about creating that content.

Will you be producing videos?

How?

With what software, equipment and so forth?

Or will you be writing articles?

How will you come up with ideas for topics?

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And how will you keep growing that list of ideas to draw a loyal readership?

These are the kind of things you need to consider in order to create content that will form the foundation of your goal-achieving strategy.

Syndicate content

It’s not enough to just produce content.

You must put it in front of people who form your target audience.

And you must do it often, and consistently.

This is what I mean when I say you need to syndicate your content.

If it’s videos, for instance, maybe your strategy will involve posting to YouTube every day, or once a week or whatever.

You might do live videos on YouTube, Periscope, Facebook or Instagram.

It’s not so important what you will be doing, but that you’ve got a clear, powerful strategy for doing it.

When you create good content consistently, and syndicate it widely, you have built a sound strategy that will enable you to crush your goals.

Test your Tactics

Now, I’ve mentioned that your goals should not be altered very often, if at all.

The strategy you build should be a long-term strategy for achieving those goals.

And that strategy should pretty much stay the same, with occasional modifications as you go along.

But the tactics you use will need to change often.

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For instance, if one of the tactics you employ is doing a live video on Periscope once a day, then you’ll have to see how that tactic holds up.

If you do it for a month or two but are not building an audience of getting clicks to your site or marketing pages, you might think about abandoning that tactic.

Maybe you’ll start using Instagram live videos, instead.

And sometimes, you have to switch tactics because things you have no control over, just change.

You might be doing really well with a certain Facebook strategy.

But then Facebook suddenly changes it’s platform in a way that seriously undermines that strategy.

Maybe you’ve been posting to your Facebook page and getting lots of traffic to your posts.

But then Facebook stops sharing your posts often enough, and your “reach” drops radically.

So that tactic goes sour.

Remember when “keyword stuffing” was a great SEO tactic… until Google changed their algorithm and started penalizing people using that tactic?

These kinds of things happen all the time.

So find good tactics that work, but constantly test them, and review their effectiveness.

Because it changes from month to month.

And always be ready to switch tactics at a moment’s notice.

Use tactics that are working today, drop those that have lost their luster.

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So, leave me a comment below.

Tell me about your big goal.

What strategy have you devised to achieve it?

And what tactics have you found effective?

I’ve given you the 3 main steps you’ll need to take to achieve what you want.

  • Construct an achievable goal,
  • devise a sound strategy for making it happen, and
  • use effective, up-to-date tactics on a daily basis.

So, leave me a comment below.

Tell me about your big goal.

What strategy have you devised to achieve it?

And what tactics have you found effective?

Are you ready to crush your goals?

I’d love to hear your comments.

-Donna

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Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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11 Responses to How to crush your goals

  1. Shamsudeen Adeshokan
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    July 16, 2020 at 6:45 am #

    Hi, Donna,

    Apart from setting realistic goals, I think setting too many goals that are unrelated to your main goal is one of the biggest obstacles to achieves success.

    Recently, I set a goal to move my affiliate marketing income from point “A” to point “B” within the next 30 days. But in a bid to increase overall monthly revenue, I found myself setting up another blog in a different niche.

    This action now takes away the time I should have devoted to promoting my affiliate marketing content.

    Thanks, Donna, I actually learned something from reading your post today.

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  2. Moss Clement
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    July 13, 2020 at 7:08 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Your article looks great, and the pointers you highlighted are valuable. Thus, as the most straightforward way to crush your marketing goals is to set objectives that you can attain. If your goals are beyond your reach or unattainable, you can’t get the results you want.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 16, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

      Hi Moss

      Unrealistic goals are a really a major obstacle.

      I can’t tell you how many students I’ve had who wanted so bad to create some big, mega-goal, that they just couldn’t focus on the small steps required to get there.

      It’s great to “shoot for the stars”… just make sure those stars lie within your galaxy 🙂

      -Donna
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  3. Austin Smith
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    July 11, 2020 at 6:31 pm #

    Hey donna
    It’s really amazing blog
    You have shared awesome article
    I also recommend people to focus on one thing
    If you do not have a fixed focus, you can’t achieve much in life

  4. Gaurav Kumar
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    July 11, 2020 at 5:26 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    A person has multiple goals in life such as money, business, fame, family, etc. But there is always one thing that connects everything and that is the person who want all these. It is important to understand that at one time we can completely concentrate on only one thing. So, one should set his priorities and then plan his actions. Not only in blogging life but also in personal life.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 12, 2020 at 10:26 pm #

      Hi Gaurav

      Well said, my friend.

      You have to compartmentalize all the important areas of your life, and put blinders on for each journey you embark on.

      Keep purely focused on just one big goal at a time.

      It’s far easier to say than to do, no doubt.

      But that’s the discipline you need to embrace to crush your goals in any area of life, and certainly when it comes to your online business.

      -Donna
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  5. Ryan Biddulph
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    July 11, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I love your achievable-believable point. Way too many folks try to make a quantum leap versus taking a baby step. Bloggers have no money, no skills, no connections and no mentors but expect to make millions of dollars in 1-2 years. Anything is possible, but energetically, if you fear that you won’t have enough money to eat, it is energetically-literally 100% impossible to display the generosity, love, abundance and posture to establish a million dollar business in 1-2 years. First, you need to face, feel and release the fear to blog with love. Then, you need to practice for thousands of hours to become skilled,credible and flat out seen enough to become highly successful. Build a spectacular vision but understand how the goal-setting process needs to be step by step, a few feet at a time, not mile by mile.

    Spot on advice here.

    Ryan
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 12, 2020 at 10:22 pm #

      Hi Ryan

      Thanks for that excellent perspective.

      One step at a time.

      It’s like the old adage that goes something like “How do you walk a million miles? One step at a time.”

      Now, the bigger point to that, I think, is that you’ll probably never actually walk that million miles… but if you take one step at a time toward that goal, you will have great accomplishments… and great adventures along the way.

      Gotta love it, and have fun all the while.

      And always be grateful for each milepost you reach.

      -Donna
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  6. Lisa Sicard
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    July 10, 2020 at 5:19 pm #

    Hi Donna, I think I have too many goals! I get going on one and then I work on other stuff and the before I know it, the goal has gone by. I guess my big goal should be to launch my classes online. I did them in person and through Zoom but now want to sell them online. I just have to record them to do it. And that takes hours, And I need hours to service clients. But I need to find the time in the day to do it soon! Thanks for the tips here on crushing our goals. I need to stay on one and crush it! I hope you are doing okay and are able to cool off in the heat even up there 😉

    • Donna Merrill
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      July 12, 2020 at 10:16 pm #

      Hi Lisa

      You’re head could spin pretty fast with all the paths to take online.

      Launching classes online, for instance, will involve so many moving parts.

      I’m not saying you can’t do it, I’m saying you can’t do that plus 100 other things.

      Try to keep focused on one thing at a time and don’t stop until you’ve made it happen.

      Then you can move on.

      -Donna
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