In the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Broke famed football coach Herm Edwards tells the newly minted millionaires of the NFL, “a goal without a plan is just a dream.” The documentary explores why so many millionaire athletes go broke within a few years of the end of their playing careers. One of the reasons is that they don’t have a financial plan. Likewise, the reason that so many bloggers, artists, and entrepreneurs don’t reach their goals is that they don’t have a plan.
Identify goals. Create a big goal and many smaller goals. Whenever I’m stuck in a rut I create new small goals to make myself feel better and to get myself back on track toward my bigger goals. You won’t reach goals without a plan. I like to write out my plans. Plans don’t have to be terribly detailed, but put some action items on paper (physical or digital) and start on them right away. Below you will see how I write out my goals and plans. You don’t have to follow this formula, just get something on paper and look at it daily.
Goal: 9,000 subscribers to iPadApps4School.com by January 15, 2013
- Publish an average of 25 new posts every month.
- Publish and give away an ebook about iPad apps for students and teachers.
- Cross-post some related items from iPadApps4School.com to the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page.
I was lucky, I didn’t have a plan when I started Free Technology for Teachers yet the audience for the blog grew anyway. There are a lot of reasons why it grew and I’ll explain those in future posts, but if I had had a plan for how I was going to grow the audience I would have grown it faster and with fewer mistakes. When I started Android4Schools.com and iPadApps4School.com I had a plan and I reached my early goals for those blogs much faster than I did when I started Free Technology for Teachers.
What are your goals? What are your plans for reaching those goals? Write them down and start working on them today.