How to Achieve Goal after Goal

What's holding you back from achieving your goals? Here's how to achieve goal after goal. Everytime. #howtoachievegoal

What's holding you back from achieving your goals? Here's how to achieve goal after goal. Everytime. #howtoachievegoal

How to Achieve Goal After Goal

Ever heard of the execution gap?  Well, I hadn’t until today. In fact, it sounds like a scary term to me.  I picture an executioner at the gallows… Not a happy thought.

But actually, it has nothing to do with that kind of execution, unless of course, you failed at your goal of being a hardened criminal. Hehe.

Because The Execution Gap turns out to be the answer to the age-old Question…

Why do we fail to achieve our goals?

When people set up goals and fail to achieve them, there remains a known gap between what the strategy says should be done and what actually gets done.

Let’s simplify that answer.  Here’s a Definition of the Execution Gap:

We set our goals and plan our strategy but we fail to TAKE ACTION.

  • We know what we want.
  • We know what’s required.
  • We just don’t follow through.

So how do we close the Execution gap and get our goals accomplished? Every time?

WARNING:  This is going to involve a MINDSHIFT.

Here are a few powerful questions you can ask yourself right now to start seeing your goals magically unfold.

1. Are you making excuses or taking action?

Excuses paralyze you and stop you from executing anything at all.

Any of these sound familiar?

  • I just don’t have enough time
  • The economy is too bad
  • The competition is too high

Have you noticed that most excuses come up when you feel fearful, anxious or uncertain?

At these times it seems easier and safer not doing anything at all than tackling the goal you have set up for yourself. It makes you abandon your goal before you even start pursuing it.

Excuses also make you stop working for your goal.

You may well keep saying that you want to achieve a goal but if you’re not doing anything about it, then how can you hope to achieve anything?

If you want results, you must take action first.

So before you even think of procrastinating, practice this little mantra:

Action precedes results. Action Creates Results. I Will Act Now.

Whats holding you back from achieving your goals? The short answer. You. Here's how to achieve goal after goal. Every time. #howtoachievegoal

 

2. What does your goal mean to you?

To bridge the execution gap, it is very important that your goal means something to you.

What will it mean to you when you finally achieve your goal?

To make any goal motivating, be it:

  • Losing weight
  • Overcoming addiction
  • Completing a course
  • Writing a book
  • Expanding your friendship circle
  • Setting a new business
  • Growing your client base

You need to have compelling reasons to achieve your goal.These reasons will then become the driving force that fuels your motivation.

Setting the wrong goal takes motivation out of the execution equation.

If you set a goal for the wrong reasons and chase after something you don’t really need, you will not be driven to achieve it and the execution gap will never be bridged.

So set yourself up for something that’ll mean something for you.

Let’s take the first example on our list: Losing Weight.

List all the reasons why you want to shed a few pounds.   They may be:

  • To get in shape
  • To feel healthier
  • To feel more comfortable in your clothes
  • To avoid having to buy a whole new wardrobe
  • For more energy and vibrancy
  • To feel more attractive to your partner once again
  • To feel happier in yourself

But do any of these reasons compel you to lose weight?

Usually, people only really get in touch with the meaning of their goal when they associate:

  • Massive pain in not achieving their goal

Or

  • Immense pleasure in achieving their goal

So get in touch with what would really help you shed those pounds once and for all.

Massive Pain

Get in touch with the worst thing that could happen to you if you continue to pack on weight.

For example, massive pain caused by overweight could be a heart attack or your spouse leaving you for someone slimmer. Imagine the end result in vivid detail.

But don’t leave it there.

Immense Pleasure

Now get in touch with the best thing that could happen to you once you’ve lost the weight.

How would you feel? What could you wear? Would your spouse fall in love with you all over again?  Would you fall in love with yourself all over again? With life? How would it feel to be 10 pounds, 20 pounds, 50 pounds lighter?  Would you have a whole new lease on life? Would you be able to do things you haven’t done in years? Would you have more energy to play with your children?

What, in your heart of hearts, are you really really really doing this for?

3. Have you taken on too much?

Moms are notorious for taking on too much. Whether you are a working Mom or a work-from-home Mom, you’re juggling a million things on any given day.

If you’re going to have any chance of achieving your goals, you’re going to have to:

  • LEARN TO SAY NO
  • Set your priorities straight
  • Focus on one goal at a time

When you divide your attention, energy and focus into too many parts, you fail to hone your expertise and skills where they could flourish the most.

When was the last time you considered any of the following questions?

  • What are your strengths?
  • What do you excel at?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are you most driven to do?

As Moms we’re often so busy that we’re on autopilot, doing what needs to be done, right?

So take a moment to take a deep breath. Stop. Look.

Consider whether the very next action you’re going to take is going to help you reach your goals.  Or steer you further away from them.

Investing in the wrong goal will only stop you mid-way without ever being able to bridge the execution gap.

Think of examples of highly successful individuals who excel at what they do. Take your pick from your favorite athlete, celebrity, scientist, inventor or just about any other category and you will see that these people succeeded because they focused on their strengths and mastered their crafts.

4. What’s Your Plan?

This could also be asked this way: Whose plan are you following?

Because not having a plan generally means you’re on everyone else’s plan.  Or at least someone else’s plan.

Have you ever started a diet on Monday and then given it up the very next day just because your best friend arrived with some delicious nibbles for tea? You didn’t want to offend her so you thought that you would just start again the next day.  The next day becomes next Monday… or maybe New Year… before you know it, your dieting idea has slipped your mind completely.    Oops!

We’ve all heard the saying: When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

So what’s YOUR plan?  

Have you broken down your goal into actionable steps?

A good plan is integral to achieving goals and bridging the execution gap as it gives you direction and helps you stay on track. Not having a plan will have you running amok.

And without a plan, there can be no commitment.

Commitment is key to execution and without any, you will keep getting derailed from pursuing your goals.

5. Do You Have a Deadline?

Do you remember back in school what it felt like just before exam time?   How much knowledge did you manage to cram into your head those final hours before your exam?  Having an exam deadline looming is a certain way to get you to spring into action, right?

So set yourself a deadline and make sure it’s not too far in the future.  The sooner you have to deliver the work, the more you’re going to get done. In the shortest space of time.

Because working within a timeframe establishes a sense of urgency and focus.

This alone should be enough to get anyone going towards their goal.

If you do not give yourself a deadline and keep things open-ended, then you are setting yourself up for failure. Open-ended scenarios are an easy road to procrastination and pushing things to the back burner.

6. How Can You See Your Plan Through?

How can you go the distance?

Because if you give up when the going gets tough, you won’t be reaching that goal.

We all live in a world that seeks out instant gratification and when perseverance doesn’t deliver, quitting is viewed as an acceptable option.

Now… let’s cast our minds back to Question 2 for a second.  If your goal really means something to you, you’re going to see your plan through, come hell or high water.

Does that mean you’re never going to fail?

No. It’s quite possible you’ll experience small failures or setbacks along the way to reaching your goal.  Who am I kidding? Sometimes you’ll experience humungous failures and setbacks.

The trick is not to see these as a sign to give up.  This is when you have to develop grit. Tenacity.  Determination.

This is where the rubber meets the road.

Often people may fail to reach their goals because they do not know how to handle failure. They either choose to give up or change their goals when they face problems or do not get quick results.

Distractions

Or you may get distracted as other things come along making you neglect or even forget about your initial goal. That’s why it’s important to commit your goals to paper.

To avoid getting distracted and veering from your path.

  •  Write Your Goals Down
  • Add Your Most Compelling Reason(s) for Achieving Your Goals
  • Add Your Deadline Date
  • Place Them Where You Can See Them Every day

Are you ready for this?  Go go go. What are you waiting for?  It’s now or never.

I will Act Now. I will Act Now. I will Act Now…

How to Make Your Blog More Exciting (And Get More Views)

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How to Get More Blog Views

I am absolutely delighted when I receive contributed posts like the one below.  It not only has an enticing title, it contains awesome advice as well.  There was only one point that didn’t ring true for me.  

Read on to find out which one (I’ve voiced my opinion in italics within the post).

How to Make Your Blog More Exciting (And Get More Views)

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People rightly love blogging. It’s an outlet; it’s a project, it connects you with the wider world: any of these things on their own are positive, and a blog gives you all of them wrapped in one webpage.

But if you’re putting your energy into your blog, then wouldn’t it be nice if other people were reading it, too?

If your view count is low, it might be because, while your content is good, the blog isn’t quite as exciting as it might be. Below, we take a look at how you can make your blog more exciting, and thus improve your readership figures.

Give an Opinion

We are a world of opinions. Everyone who has ever risen to a high spot, or made a mark on the internet, has been unafraid to give their opinion. Indeed, reading what other people are thinking is one of the main reasons for the internet’s popularity!

So moving forward, look at offering your own viewpoint; you might find that it’s not to everyone’s taste, but that’s not the point. It’s better to lose a few internet users and build a loyal readership than it is to cater to everyone and find no-one is visiting your website.

Agree 100% with this advice.  The idea is to attract readers who resonate with you on your blog and in so doing build a tribe, a loyal following of like-minded individuals.  

Diversify Your Content

Your blog might be focused on one particular topic, but it’s important that you don’t go too deep into just one thing. No matter what subjects you’re covering, there is going to be plenty of spin-off topics built around those subjects.

For example, if you run a dieting website, then you could also focus on exercise, and how to keep a healthy work/life balance. Essentially, think of your audience, and then think of the other issues that they may be affected by.

Use Original Photos and Videos

Spend enough time browsing blogs, and you’ll quickly discover something: everyone’s using the same old stock photos for their posts!

Using original photos and videos on your blog is easy enough to do, and will help to boost your search engine ranking.

The key is to ensure that they look high quality; if you’re unsure of how to do this, look at taking an Adobe Photoshop course with Training Connection. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll soon find that your images and video form a big chunk of your blog’s overall appeal.

Keep it Tight

You can take any topic in the world, and no matter how interesting it may be, you’ll find that people give up on reading after a certain point.

Blogs aren’t supposed to be long, rambling posts that take fifteen minutes to read. They’re supposed to be short and get to a point using short sentences.

If your blogs are currently too long, focus on learning the best editing practices to get them down to the 300 – 500-word mark.

Aah, thanks for giving me the perfect opportunity to voice my opinion.  I beg to differ on this point.  

I’ve heard that on many Top Blogger’s sites, it’s not the short posts but the long ones, that are:

  •  their most popular posts
  • their most read posts
  • and the posts that receive the most comments and social shares

And when I say long, I mean much longer than you would think: 

Over 1,500 words,  over 2,000 words and even over 3,000 words long.

What’s more important than keeping a post short is keeping it interesting and targeted to your audience.

Let’s use an analogy here: 

People say that teenagers have short attention spans… until you give them a tablet or IPad with the latest version of their favourite game and then their attention span magically expands.  Because you’ve captured their interest.  

Another real-life example: 

I took my 4-year-old son to his first Ninja Zone class a couple of weeks ago and he managed to stay the whole distance, an entire hour’s lesson.  He was riveted!  And came out smiling. Now get him to do housework with me for an hour? Fat chance.  Unless… I turn it into a Ninja lesson.  Now there’s a thought.

Now let’s translate this into a real-life BLOG example:

Currently, my most popular post on this blog is my 2nd Income Report because what my audience wants to know is how I make money blogging – and how they can too. 

  • This kind of information is worth its weight in gold to a new blogger, so they’ll read the entire post, all 1,806 words
  • And read a bunch of the comments below the post. 
  • And leave a comment of their own. This post has 35 comments so far. 

To keep blog posts interesting, what should be kept short is:

  • paragraphs
  • sentences (you can even try using one-word sentences)

And there are a couple of other formatting techniques that work really well on the net:

  • Using bullet points also draws in the reader
  • A well as using punchy headlines.

Because most people only skim-read an article. And if they like the headlines and the bullet points, they may actually go in and read the rest of the post.

Mix up the Form

Finally, think about mixing up the format of your content. A blog post could be turned into an infographic, or a video, for example. It doesn’t always just need to be text!

I love this point!    And I have one more important point to add to this post. To get organic page views you need to be using Long Tail Keywords. I’ll write a post to elaborate on this point next week.

Bloggers, which of your posts have been the most popular and why? 

Were they short (300 to 500 words) or long (1,500+ words)? Be nice to know if my theory holds true.  

Please drop a comment below.

How to Start a Blog (FREE)

Do I start Blog Free? Yes and No. Here's Why. Read more at laurenkinghorn.com/do-i-start-blog-free

Do I Start Blog Free?

The answer is YES and NO.  Here’s why.

When I first started blogging, I started with a free WordPress Site.

It didn’t look too hot (ugh) and I never really got anywhere with it. So in this case, my answer would be NO.

Maybe it’s because I wasn’t ready to start blogging yet but I suspect it’s more likely because I lacked SUPPORT and TRAINING.

Then, a couple of years ago, I discovered a far better way to start blogging free. And this is the way I recommend you start blogging free. This is how to turn that NO into a YES.

Because this is how to start a blog free AND get Support and Training.

The Better BEST WAY to START A BLOG FREE

Affiliate Disclaimer: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

In November 2015, I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate and signed up for their Free Starter Membership which includes 2 free websites. 

While I was a Starter Member, I did Wealthy Affiliate’s Free Online Certification Course.

In this course I learnt:

  • How to make money online
  • How to find my niche
  • How to create a niche site
  • How to drive traffic to my site (free) using keywords  (WA even provides a free keyword tool)
  • How to create my first few pages of content

I created this blog:  Toddler Teacher

I’ve done nothing to this blog since mid-January 2016 because that’s when I decided blogging was for me and it was time to up my game.

You can Start Free but Don’t Stop There

After doing this course and creating my first site, I realised there was real money to be made in blogging.

I also realised that to make money down the line I would need to invest some money upfront.

You can get some real figures in the first income report I published about 18 months after I started blogging.

On the 18th January 2018, I signed up as a Premium Member so that I could take advantage of the rest of the Training, Tools and Support Wealthy Affiliate had to offer.

Which is a whole heaping LOT.

This was the best decision I ever made as a blogger.  

Or should I say decisions?

Because I’m referring to my first decision – to try out the free membership and start a blog free.

And my second decision – to invest in more training and support once I was ready to go Pro.

To Go Pro it’s Best to Purchase Your Own Domain

Did you notice that my free site Toddler Teacher, has a long URL?   Its full name is toddlerteacher.siterubix.com

Whenever you create a free blog it’s going to advertise the free service you’re using in your title.

My blog could just as easily have been called toddlerteacher.wordpress.com or toddlerteacher.wixsite.com.

Once you’re ready to start blogging as a business, you’re going to want to change that.

You’re going to want to buy your own Domain.  

So in this case, if I’d decided to go pro with my test site, I would have purchased the Domain:  toddlerteacher.com

However, by this stage I had a couple of other names in mind.

Ready to Go Pro?

On 19th January 2016, I bought my two .com Domains, Happy Human Pacifier and Inspiring Mompreneurs from Wealthy Affiliate (for $13.99 each per year).

Are there brilliant bloggers who are self-taught?

SURE.  But at some point, every one of them has invested in their education.

Either through trial and error, blood, sweat and tears. And years of experience.

Or through buying a blogging course and actually doing it, going through the steps.

  • For me, I was ready to invest 2 months in.
  • Others may only invest 2 years in.
  • And others know they’re ready to invest 2 minutes in.

But I’ve never heard of any Top Earning Blogger succeeding without any training or support.

In fact, many of them learn the ropes and then offer their own Training and Support.

Which is what Kyle and Carson at Wealthy Affiliate are doing.  Paying it forward so to speak.  They have the know-how and they are sharing it.

So… if you’d like to start a blog FREE and, in time, turn it into a business, here’s what to do next:

Sign Up Free Here.

Start Blog Free

Looking forward to welcoming you to Wealthy Affiliate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to pop them in the comments below.

Jump Starting Your Business

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How to Jumpstart Your Business

Ooh, this is such an awesome contributed post to land on my desk, err, in my inbox this morning.   I think I may have just got the jumpstart I’ve been waiting for in my business.  I just got featured in an eBook, “Affiliate Marketing Secrets” (seen to the right).  This may be just the thing to launch me as a Pro Affiliate Marketer. 

On with the contributed post…

Jump Starting Your Business

Sometimes it is just really hard to get a business off the ground for one reason or another. It might be that the ideas don’t flow, you haven’t got the money, or you just really don’t know what you’re doing and what it takes to become successful.

If you’re just starting up your own business, then you’re completely new to everything, which makes things even scarier, doesn’t it?

But, jump-starting your business really isn’t that hard if you know what to do, and we’ve put together some tips that should help you with the process of it all. Read on to find out more.

The Money

The money can be a really stressful thing for some people. You might have the idea sitting waiting to go, but the money is just holding you back.

The main thing you shouldn’t do is jump into business if you don’t feel financially stable. A lot of people have to get a loan to get their idea off the ground, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Starting a business does cost a hell of a lot of money, not just the initial start off, but as you go along the way as well. If you know you’re lacking the money to get your idea  off the ground, visit this site.

But if you are going to borrow money, only borrow it if you know you’re going to be able to pay it back, even if the business venture doesn’t work.

You also need to be pretty thrifty in the beginning. Each penny you have and each penny you make needs to be put to good use. It should always be invested back into the business, or be used to pay off the money you borrowed in the first place.

The Idea

Your idea plays a big part in whether you can actually jump start your business.

In this world, well, in this business world, it is pretty hard to be unique. There’s already pretty much everything been invented in terms of technology or clothes etc. So you need to do something that is going to stand out from the crowd. Something that is going to draw your customers in.

Make sure you’re putting your own twist on things and at the very least, doing better than your competitors. This could be better in terms of quality of the product, price etc.

The Competition

Now we need to talk about beating your competition in the long run. Once you’ve managed to jump start your business, you’re going to need to figure out a way to stay head of the game.

One of the main ways of doing this is through marketing and actually getting your ideas out there. The next is always making sure you’re beating them in terms of customer satisfaction.

You should always welcome feedback, and you should always be looking at the criticism of your competitors. What they’re doing wrong you should always be trying to build on. Beating your competitors is one of the most rewarding things you’ll do.

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If you’re looking to jumpstart your business, you may be interested in some promotion. Self-promotion doesn’t always cut it.  Sometimes you need someone else to promote you. That’s my forte.  

And exactly what I do when I interview Mom Entrepreneurs, Mom Bloggers and Mom Inventors on Inspiring Mompreneurs. 

Alternatively, a guest post may give you just the exposure you need.  Take a look at my shop and you can pick an option that suits your pocket.