Do you ever wonder how to make it happen and how having a plan can actually be useful?
One of the challenges I have seen time and time again is that people set goals based on someone else’s thoughts and opinions of what you should do.
The challenge is that just because someone else thinks it’s a good idea, it may not be true for you or even aligned with who you are.
I can’t set a goal for my partner just like he can’t set a goal for me. Goals and dreams are personal and they come to us as individuals, not as a collective.
This doesn’t mean you can’t set goals together but the same notion still applies: You must want this!
The next step is to brainstorm and map out all the actions you can think of that are going to be necessary. You may not be able to visualize all the steps, but don’t let that stop you from laying it all out as much as you can.
Some steps will emerge through the journey. Truly, we will know what we need to know when we are ready.
Got it! Now what?
Commit to your “make it happen” plan. Write down the actions into your planner and/or calendar. Don’t make excuses when the time comes to take action, instead dig in your heels and get to work.
And after a week or two, evaluate your progress. See what steps you have taken, how you feel about it all if you need to make some changes.
Rinse and Repeat!
I love creating content. This blog has over 400 blog posts and there have been a few times, where I could myself challenged in what to write about. And it was frustrating the heck out of me. And since I am all about removing the frustration, I ventured on to find a solution!
I created myself a spreadsheet with different headings and started to fill them in.
Those headings are important to my message, my story and the value you can bring to you. Once I finished filling it all in with topic ideas, I printed it out.
Now I literally have a years worth of content for my blog, that I can then turn into smaller social media posts, use them for sales funnels and so much more.
From there, I created a calendar with the days I wanted to post and started filling in the calendar in a way that felt good to me. You can also create weekly or monthly themes. Something I did first was to fill in all my launches so I could gear my content geared towards when I am creating and promoting a new product or service.
Now that you have content, you can outline your blog posts with the points you want to highlight. This will help you when you are ready to sit down and write your actual posts. I spend 2-3 hours a week or more to write out your content for the month and then schedule out the posts.
This is an awesome way to manage your time and have room for more creative activities and you won’t struggle to write a post every time you are needing to write a post for your blog.
I have taken the same concept for my emails and it’s made the process of developing content so much easier.
This is initially a wee bit time consuming, but once you have developed your overall content for the year, everything else will really feel so much easier.
As a writer, I know how challenging it can be sometimes to know exactly what to write about. I’ve been blogging about personal development and goals consistently for well over 2 years. Here’s the thing, I love writing.
I love writing because I get to tap into my imagination but I also get to share what I know. When I decided to start this new blog, I wasn’t quite sure what it would stand for as my other blog has a very specific purpose and I found it challenging to incorporate a variety of topics that I love.
And this is what this blog is about. It’s about sharing more knowledge but also more about my life as a quirky, coffee loving, mom of three boys. Could I have turned my other blog and website and rebranded? Yes, of course, I could have, but I didn’t want to because I knew that my main focus for the other blog was to help you achieve your goals.
And before you wonder how I manage to write for two different blogs, there will be a future post about that because I don’t necessarily believe in doing just one thing, but rather finding the harmony to make it all work.
Which brings me to my first point to “what is your blog about”?
Your blog can be anything you want it to be with a multitude of topics and categories like this blog or it can be single focused, such as my other blog where goals setting, planning and how to make it all happen is the main focus. This blog is more about other passions that I have in my life.
So how do you narrow down what to write about exactly?
I already touched on one point, which is passion.
So ask yourself, what are you passionate about? Like true passion! Something that you talk about all the time or even do all the time. You can’t imagine your life without it.
Maybe you are a bit of a foodie and you could write about anything food related. Or maybe you are a crafter or love gardening. There is so much you can write about. And maybe you have a multitude of interests like food, travel, photography and create a lifestyle blog where you share your passions in one place.
My next point is, teach what you know!
Think about for a moment what people in your life ask you about all the time. Or maybe you have spent years learning a particular skill or craft that you could be teaching. Even if you don’t think about yourself as an expert but you will probably know more than some other people that may want to do what you doing now. Or maybe you have had a particular problem in your life you have successfully overcome. Helping people solve problems and frustrations are always a good start.
What is your vision for your own life?
This is perhaps my favorite way to figure out what to write about and what to do with your life in general. Spend some time writing about where you see your life in 3 or 5 years from now. Where do you want to live? What are you doing for a living? Who are you living with? What do you do all day long? How do you feel about your life? A great way to get started is to write it as if you were looking back on your achievements. Read it over and see if you can find a theme that emerges for you!
Your blog and the topics that support your blog are only limited by you. Maybe you are a funny sarcastic person and want to put your own spin on topics such as motherhood or relationships. Or maybe you are a bit more serious and want to show others that being a little linear isn’t really a bad thing.
Use a mind-map to help you figure it all out. Mind-maps are a visual tool to help you brainstorm and problem solve. That with acknowledging all the parts that are you. Then refine it with your passions, interests, skills, talents, and knowledge.
This can help you not only brainstorm topics but specific categories for your blog which will also help you define the focus and the goal of your blog.
There is no right or wrong answer about your blog, truly as I said before it can be anything you want it to be. The decision is completely yours! The biggest thing here is to decide, yes you will and what you don’t know, you will learn along the way.