Are you ready to start your blog? Develop vision and goals prior blogging will save valuable time in the long run.
Develop A Vision and Set Goals For Your Art Blog
Today we are going to be focusing on your vision and goals. Before you can start to commit to anything you first need to have a vision of what the outcome will be.
Your vision will not only be the motivation you will need to put in the hard work when things get tough but also the core reasons for you to keep going even when things seem to be standing still. The vision will provide a purpose for everything that you do and keep you focused when you start to become derailed.
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Just having a vision is not enough. Your vision should be so clear that you feel as if you are already living your dreams. You want to know every detail.
- Why am I starting this project?
- Why am I excited about starting this project?
- What will be the positive changes that will occur from this project?
- How will this project shape my future?
- How will this project benefit my business?
How Your Vision Will Help Others
Be clear on how your vision will affect others in the future. Will your blog inspire people, motivate people or teach them?
Saying you want to make a lot of money selling your art is fine, but it is not an actual vision. That is the effects of accomplishing what you have envisioned.
Your vision should answer:
- What positive effect will your blog produce?
- How will your blog help others?
- How will your blog benefit others?
Vision and Strategy
Don’t get yourself confused between developing a vision and a strategy. The strategic plans that you put in place will guide you towards your end vision. Your projects will be constantly changing as you go along, your vision will remain the same.
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For more help developing your brand read Art Branding Basics Increase Your Art Sales.
Your blog’s brand will be the last impression you leave your reader after they have left your blog. Everything that you do on your blog will affect your brand. The colors, font style, words, layout, and flow will tell a story about your art business.
You want a clear vision of every little detail your blog will contain and an understanding of how every aspect will affect your outcome.
Do not become too obsessed with making the perfect blog from day one. If you do, you will never launch your blog. Instead, have a vision of what you would like to see your blog look like and understand that it is ok to change things as you go along. Successful people analyze a project and then address any areas that need improvements.
Once you have a clear vision, you will want to write out your goals. People often get goals and visions mixed up. A goal is a specific target to achieve something.
Saying “I want to lose ten pounds in two months” is a specific, measurable and achievable goal.
A vision answers the question why. Why are you doing what you are doing?
Why do you want to lose ten pounds in two weeks? “I want to lose ten pounds in two weeks so I can look beautiful in my wedding dress.” This statement is the vision.
When you are writing, your goals make sure that they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
If you struggle with writing goals do not be alarmed, most people are. I have created a free course that will help you write goals that you will be able to achieve. Visit How to Write Goals.
It is so important that you take the time to write your goals. If you do not have your goals written you will not be able to develop a plan to reach your vision.
Today’s Action Plan
Today you are going to spend between thirty minutes and sixty minutes writing down your blog’s vision and goals prior to blogging on how to achieve your dream.
Do not rush this step. If it takes you longer than sixty minutes, that’s fine. Today’s action plan will be the roadmap for your future.
After you have documented your blog’s vision and goals, make copies and place them where you will be able to see them every day. This will be your motivation.
There will be days that you will need a little push. By looking at your goals and vision statement daily, you will prevent yourself from procrastinating on the days that you feel less than motivated.
At the end of the day, you can look at what you have accomplished. You will have a sense of pride for doing everything that you needed to achieve to grow your art business. You will wake up the next morning fresh, motivated and ready to tack your new day’s tasks.
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