Do you ever make a commitment to doing something better and months later think, “Didn’t I say I was going to try and be better at this?” I don’t know how many times I’ve left the dentist promising to floss every day, or vented to friends about how my diet and exercise routine isn’t working. GUILTY! Apart from the obvious benefits of self-discipline, constantly working to improve is a mentality that betters our lives and sets us up for greater accomplishments.
GOAL: Regular Reading
A while back, I had set goals to read a write regularly. Although I’ve been better at writing regularly (yet not always published), I have been majorly slacking in the reading department. The irony is, reading helps writers become better writers.
GOAL: Travel Writing
This is my favorite of favorite goals! A long story for another day, developing my skills in travel journalism is key to achieving long-term goals. Lately, I’ve notice daily life deterring my focus from this goal. Being 100% self-motivated and having no one to answer to, isn’t for everyone. Let me clarify…being self-employed means you have to hold yourself accountable. All successes rely 100% on your personal discipline and will to make it happen. Therefore, in order to be better and more successful with travel journalism, sacrifices need to be made. I need to study, read, network and pursue opportunities.
- Listen to Podcasts
- Subscribe to Magazines and Newsletters
- Get a Travel Journal
- Read Travel Guides
- Start Stacking Airline Miles
- Plan a Road Trip
GOAL: Travel Journalism
When my family asks how my photography business is going, my honest response is, “It’s growing, but I still have much to learn.” My goal as a photographer is to discover and own my style. Catering to each scenario is not going to make my work stand out; comparing myself to more experienced photographers isn’t going to get me anywhere either. How can I be a unique and innovative photographer? Apart from practice and experimenting, I can grow in my knowledge of equipment, editing, and techniques. This might mean taking classes or meeting with mentors.
- Take Online Classes
- Register for Local Classes
- Find a Photography Buddy
- Get a Mentor
- Create an Inspiration Board
- Connect on Instagram & Pinterest
GOAL: Running & Yoga
Most of my life, I’ve been a dancer. For more than 20 years, I was in a studio, on a team, competing, taking classes and/or training. After leaving team dance, I wasn’t able to find a regimen challenging enough to keep me interested until I started running and doing yoga. With marathon and strength goals, it’s important to identify what is keeping me from being a better runner and yogi. Unlike the midwest, Florida living made it much easier to run year-round. Yoga classes, let’s be honest, are freaking expensive and DVDs get old. I needed to find solutions or make sacrifices in order to get rid of the excuses.
- Yogaglo.com ($18/month unlimited classes)
- Youtube Yogis
- All-Weather Gear
- Set a Date (Marathons)
What are some things you could do better? Things you could put more effort into? What steps could you take to achieve your goals? This could mean making sacrifices you don’t want to make, but remember, the ultimate gain lasts much longer than the instant gratification of today’s comforts.