There is a phrase “the only time success comes before hard work, is in the dictionary”. When I first heard that phrase it made quite an impact, and made me realize there is no short cut. There is no magical, instant way, and sometimes when people do achieve overnight “success” for example in the case of people who recieve huge media attention, it comes as easily as it goes. True success is in general achieved with patience, perseverence and dedication. As I said in my last blog, I posted 17 blogs for the month just gone and therefore I intend to increase my output to 34 blogs for this month.
1. It is good to set yourself targets.
Setting targets puts you on the right trajectory to improve yourself, and in fact if you fail to achieve your planned goals you will at least achieve far more than if you had no targets.
2. Divide your targets in to different components.
To ensure the realization of your targets it is of course best to divide them in to different tasks or different time periods. In this case my goal is to produce 34 blogs this month, and to make it clear by no means am I planning to do copy & paste articles where I merely press “Ctrl C” and “Ctrl V”, I want to continue doing what I have been doing and that is to produce quality articles, written in my own words, which contain with them things from my own personality, experiences, ways of expressing things and so on.
The reason I have chosen 34 is that it is twice as much as 17, which is what I produced in January. I would also like to prove to my readers that I can push myself and produce the best out of myself. A month is essentially 4 weeks, so I will sub-divide this total of 34 posts over 4 weeks which comes to around 9 posts a week. So I have a weekly goal of 9 posts.
This is an example of what we call a SMART target, meaning Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Attainable, Realistic/Relevant and Time-bound.
This also means thinking of 34 different things to write about. Some of this will be easy because I can write about events and experiences that happen to me and which are relevant to you the reader, not e.g. what I had for breakfast today. A lot of it will be about jewellery as my blog will start becoming more and more a jewellery-orientated one.
However this all will require hard work as the emphasis is on quality, as well in this case as on quantity, to be specific, 34 articles/blogs a month, or just under 9 a week. However it will be fun as I enjoy the writing process as it is something creative, allows one to indulge in self-expression and also helps one to engage with, and benefit others.
One of the key purposes of this whole exercise is to lead by example. I can share advice with people on doing this and doing that, but how much of it do I do it myself and where is the evidence. The beautiful thing about the internet is it allows us to be more transparent and to verify things, so I want you to read this and then come back and see if I did indeed achieve 34 posts this month! Most blogs will be about a minimum of 300 words, some much longer. This blog is over 600 words. So 300 x 34 is around 9,000 words which is the length of many university papers or dissertations. So I am producing this amount of work, in addition to my day job, running my own jewellery company, www.goldsher-jewellery.co.uk and many other things.
Once again, everybody, have a great February! Everyone wished you a happy 2012, I’m going to go a bit further and wish you a happy February and still a happy 2012 after the first month.