Today I want to discuss using blogging as a way to keep your goals. With a New Year around the corner, I thought I would share my plan to keep me accountable to my personal improvement goals. Blogging helps me use external accountability to reinforce my internal accountability.
Deciding to Blog
Before launching this blog, I did a lot of research on blogging and I found a lot of really great advice. One piece of advice that continued to pop-up in my research was to write about things I know. Experts say to use my strengths to put out quality content. I agree with this to an extent, but I have a slightly different approach I want to try.
Part of the reason I want to start a blog is to challenge people to be better than they ever thought possible. But not only other people, I also want to challenge myself to be better. This aligns perfectly with my Personal Why. (I will share more about this and my discovery process in a later post.)
As a self-help junkie, I read a whole heap of self-help books and try to put what I learn into practice. My favorite types are motivational books that inspire me to achieve my goals. I really want to be a better person in so many aspects of my life. I set goals to exercise, eat healthy, cook, be creative, have fun projects for my son and to write. Usually, I start and stick to it for a few weeks then move on to the next project. One thing I learned is the impact accountability has in helping you stick to your goals. If you want to stick to something, your best chances are to have a person or group of people to support you and keep you accountable. If you think an accountability partnership would help you get started on crushing your goals you can read more about how to do that here.
My Goal for this Blog
My plan is to use this blog to share my goals and to have a group of readers that will keep me honest and accountable. I will use this to achieve my goals and inspire others to achieve the same goal. This might contradict the advice I have read, but at the same time, it aligns with my strengths and what I know best: learning and self-improvement. Writing about my experiences, with things I don’t know is what I know. =) By sharing my journey and struggles, I can inspire my readers to stick to their goals. Join me on my journey as I learn and improve in areas of my life that could use some tweaking. Maybe you can even use my experiences as a guide and avoid my mistakes.
A book I love, called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, is a great example of learning through writing. Gretchen shares her journey to improve her happiness over the course of a year, taking on new challenges each month. You can read it or listen to it on audible like me. This book greatly inspired me even though it did not have direct advice for me. It was enough to put an idea in my head to use my own creativity to improve my life and happiness. I believe this way of sharing will still help and motivate people.
What’s to Come
Next week, I will post about my first goal. (Here is a hint: I will start with my mind.) I will share why it is a goal for me, my plan of attack and the challenges I face while trying to stick to it. Hopefully the need to keep you updated will pressure me to stick with it! In other words, accountability!
Well, I will give this plan a shot! Let me know what you think as I try it out. Is it helpful or would you rather me post a more direct guide? As always, I love your feedback.
I want to say thank you for checking out my new blog. If you would like to get to know me better, check out my about me page, where I share the goal of my blog, Let’s Do Lattes. I would love to get to know you as well. Please reach out or leave comments!
See you next time, and let’s do lattes!