Goal Setting: Blogging 201

Okay, so I’m starting a little late this week on Blogging 201, but I suppose it’s “better late than never!”  🙂

The questions presented are, “Why Do I Blog?” and “What Goals Do I Have for this Blog?”  I suppose the summation of this answer can be found here. I began this blog, because, for years now, I have kept personal journals of random thoughts, endless “stories” about my days, and countless hopes and dreams about the future, as well as, separate journals of poems I have written over the years, and I felt it was maybe time to share these musings with others. I have endured some pain through the years, and I have enjoyed many days of laughter, too. I have learned many lessons through the sorrows and the joy, and I hope to be an inspiration to someone who searches for truth, an encouragement to someone who doubts and maybe even a ray of hope to someone who has lost all hope. … Do I have all the answers? Not by any stretch, but I do know I have found a Truth in whom I can believe, an everlasting Hope of which I can rest assured, and a Solid Rock upon which I can stand. I know that I have learned so much in my short years of living, and I’m still seeking for more…wisdom and moments of true life. I know I have a man with whom I am madly in love (as he is with me); we have two very lively boys with whom, on a daily basis, we cherish incredible adventures, and, regardless of the circumstances that may arise, we try to live in a place of contentment and peace. So, I blog in hopes of sharing these things which I have found to be anchors in my life, and I blog just for the “fun” of sharing with others a little bit about my findings in this adventure called life.

So, in stating all of this, I need to set some goals for this blog in order to reach beyond where I am today. I have heard it said, “A man with a goal is like a ship without a rudder.” (1) and  “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” (2) These quotes are so true, and they are so easily “preached” to others; yet, when I began this blog, I was hesitant to state my goals for fear they would be seen as too lofty or to lowly by others. So, when I saw this as the first assignment of the Blogging 201, honestly, I hesitated to continue. Then, I rebuked my own laziness and decided this was a really good assignment for me, and so, here I am!

3 Goals to Accomplish by January 31, 2015:

1. Consistently post on my blog at least twice weekly.

2. Gain 100 followers by January 31, 2015.

3. Spend one hour each week visiting my followers’ blogs, reading their posts, and commenting on their work, from now until January 31, 2015.

Whew! That’s done. Now, it’s official! I’ve set 3 goals. Now, I must be persistent in reaching them…I feel like giving myself a high-five. Ha ha.

   Ps. While we’re on the thought of goal setting…..Why is setting goals so difficult??
                    I believe it’s because of 3 things (at least from my vantage point):
                   1. We’re too lazy to actually think and put action behind the thoughts.
                   2. We doubt our own ability to achieve the goal(s).
                   3. It’s not a priority in our life; so, we push it off with excuses, blames and justifications.
 So, today, I choose to be different. I choose to make a choice. I choose to set a goal and achieve it! 🙂
The contents marked by footnotes contain quotes or pictures by authors other than myself, as noted:
(1) http://quotes.lifehack.org/quote/thomas-carlyle/a-man-without-a-goal-is-like/ – Thomas Carlyle

(2) http://www.motivatingquotes.com/goalsq.htm – Fitzhugh Dodson

(3) http://vi.sualize.us/its_nice_that_typography_card_letterpress_quote_picture_2yy3.html

(4) http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/9d/f7/f6/9df7f669c9af0b104a0c5511e2a85e23.jpg