Last year I stepped back into exercising. After having back-to-back babies, let’s just say it had been awhile since I worked out. I ordered the 21 Day Fix by Beachbody through an old college friend of mine to get me started.
I literally thought I was going to die when I started this workout. I remember getting through the warm up and the instructor on the DVD said “Alright are you warmed up?” “Warmed up?” I thought. “Um no I am dying, I am past warmed up.” I started these workouts in February of last year and I remember wanting to throw up halfway through each one. What was I doing to myself?!
Another favorite quote from this instructor on the DVD is “I just want you to be better than you were yesterday.” Somewhere in there I took it to heart. I knew that by pushing through and taking one step or doing one more rep I would be better than I was yesterday. I also realized that by being better than I was yesterday that the workouts would get easier. It was then that I realized that I would start to achieve my weight loss goals.
Alright, this is a blog about blogging, marketing and online business. What does my weight loss journey have to do with this blog?!
What Happened Yesterday?
Think about what you did yesterday for your blog. Did you write a new post? Share some pins on Pinterest? Did you reply to a lot of emails? Interact on Facebook groups for your niche? I bet you did a mix of all these things because that is what bloggers do on a daily basis.
One question for you, what did you do to grow your blog yesterday? Did you look for guest posting opportunities to reach more followers? Did you improve your opt-in offer on your website to get more email followers? Did you send out your monthly email newsletter?
If I had to take a guess, I would guess that 85% of you reading this did nothing to grow your blog.
It’s hard though isn’t it? You are wearing all the hats for your blog. You have to talk to share posts on social media. You have to connect in Facebook groups. You have to plan your editorial calendar. And of course you have to prep your blog posts and then actually write them. How are you supposed to work on your blog and not in it?
Yet you know that to keep your blog growing you have to attract new followers and keep the current ones interested. This is called working on your blog, not in it. When I take the 30 minutes to workout everyday I am closer to achieving my goal. In blogging one small improvement every day can mean the difference between hitting your page view goals or staying flat. It can mean the difference between making a few hundred dollars or making a few thousand dollars every month. If you take a little time everyday to work on your blog how much better will it be in six months or twelve months?
Just like weight loss, you have to start somewhere. You can’t just wake up and say “I’m going to lose 50 pounds in twelve months.” It’s great to set the goal but then you have to break that goal down into tasks. These tasks are things that you can complete every day to meet your long-term goal. You start by saying “I’m going to lose 30 pounds by June” to “I’m going to lose 5 pounds a month.”
Let’s say you want to hit 100,000 page views by the end of 2016. What does that look like for you? Do you have to write five guest posts a month to make that happen? Or would two guest posts a month help you achieve that goal? If it’s only two break that into monthly goals. You have to find at least five potential guest posting opportunities every month and get accepted by two. Great! Now you can break that into weekly and then daily tasks. You have a plan.
Then real life gets in the way. You have technical issues on your blog that set you back a week. Your kids get sick and you lose two days of work. Real life happens and it distracts you from your goal.
I have noticed something funny lately about my goals. The closer I get to achieving them, the more real life seems to get in my way. Like the universe is really trying to make me prove that this is what I want to do. I take these real life moments as proof that I am on the right path. That I am closer than ever before to reaching my goals.
Make Goals a Priority
How do you do better than you did yesterday when you are trying to run a business and real life gets in the way? You make your goals a priority. You decide that before you do anything you are going to work on things that bring you closer to reaching your goals. Before you write your blog post you are going to work on your blog instead of in it. Before you get on Pinterest you are going to work on your blog instead of in it. You are going to do a task that gets you closer to meeting your goals.
Now I know most of you reading this are thinking “Sorry, that doesn’t work. I have to write first thing in the morning. Or I have to participate in Facebook groups while they are hopping.” Fair enough. I get that because I’m a blogger too. But I am a blogger that wants to grow my blog. And in order to do that sometimes we have to sacrifice getting on Facebook groups or on Pinterest. We may have to hurt our traffic in the short term to help it grow in the long term.
The best time to work out is in the morning. Why? Because if we wait to do it until after work the chances that we actually do it are slim. We are either tired or trying to put out a fire or plain don’t feel like doing it. I think the same can is true for working on your blog. If you put it off so it is the last thing you do at the end of your day the chances that you actually do it are slim to none.
I challenge you to try something different for the next week. I challenge you to take the first 30 minutes of your work day and dedicate it to working on your blog instead of in it. Take your phone and put it in airplane mode. Don’t open your email inbox and don’t login to Facebook. Really work on being better than you were yesterday. Work on something that will help you get closer to reaching your goals.
At the end of the week if you can see improvements in your blog I urge you to take that first 30 minutes and turn it into an hour. I know that you are busy, that you are swamped. Who isn’t these days? But if you really want to gain traction on your goals you have to plan the time to work on meeting them.
Plus by doing it first thing in the morning you are working on your goals when you are firing on all cylinders. This will put you farther ahead than if you did it in the evening after you are beat down from the day. It is too easy to let real life and business get in the way when we are trying to meet our goals. This is why I firmly believe it is critical to success to work on your goals first thing in the morning.
Better Than You Were Yesterday
Are you ready to be better than you were yesterday? Are you ready to do things different and work to meet your goals everyday? Then you just have to start. You have to say I do want to be better than I was yesterday. I want to have more control of my time and my income. I want to meet my goals.
Beachbody has another saying that I love: “All you have to do is keep pushing play.” Do I want to get up and work out every morning at 5:30am? Nope not even a little bit. But I know if I commit to pushing play every morning that I will meet my goals. I challenge you to just push play. Set aside the time to be better than you were yesterday. I think you will be excited to see where your blog is in six months or a year. Besides what do you have to lose? Nothing. You have everything to gain including a blog you are proud of and more importantly love!
What motivates you to keep going? How do you schedule your days to meet your goals? Please tell me about it in the comments! I would love to hear from you! And if you were wondering, I am still pushing play on the DVD player and working on meeting my goals. Keep on keeping on!