Goals: You Won't Know Until You Try

By: Sara Urquhart Photo by: Justin Hackworth. 

When I think of a goal, I think of it as a big idea. For me, a goal is going to be a big, very bold, almost impossible kind of statement. I’ll break those bold statements into smaller, measurable pieces and start moving.

I’m comfortable I will not reach every one of my goals. I’ll begin making plans on multiple things at once, knowing completely that I cannot accomplish everything required for every big idea. But I don’t know yet which ideas will stick. Which will get the traction required for completion? I won’t know until I try.

The very same day we started Alt Summit, some other partners and I started a social media conference for politicians. At the same time I started a masters degree in a completely different field and I began some community projects in my hometown. I was definitely busy getting all these balls rolling, but after spending some time with each of them, I could clearly see which projects were most viable, and which brought me the most satisfaction.

If you’re looking to become a “better blogger,” I encourage you to focus that into concrete, measurable, and bold action items. Does that mean improving your photography with photography classes? Do you need business classes? A collaboration with another blogger? An editorial calendar?  A mentor relationship? Decide on the first step and then commit to do the work. It generally won’t be fast or easy, but you’ll never know if it will be a success until you give it a try.

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.