One of the most important things in life is having a clear direction (in essence, establishing a clear destination). Among other things that need to be done to achieve this, setting SMART goals cannot be overemphasized.
The Questionable Narrative
It is easier to believe that our lives have been predestined from the beginning and that whatever pathway we are taking currently is leading us to our ultimate destiny (this is a contentious subject). While this is a quick route to laxity and may work for some, for most people, we need to be intentional about each and every step. So, setting goals cannot be left out of our lives.
Goals are like a map that we use in navigating different stages of life. We can definitely go places without a map, but it may be difficult to arrive at the desired destination without one.
So, at this stage of life, with a subset of it being a Hive blogger, here are my goals, and the pathway through which I hope to actualize them.
Using the five (5) pillars of goal setting (SMART) as a guide, here are my goals for the course of the 3-months newbie initiative programme and how I hope to achieve them. These goals are presented thematically starting with Post-related goals, goals related to Hive Power, followers, comments & engagements onboarding and my ultimate Hive blockchain exploration goal.
|36 posts by the end of the programme||Number of published posts (3 posts weekly)||Follow up on communities to produce content relevant to the community theme, and never to skip on the HL weekly featured contents||Reaching this goal is critical to my growth on the Hive blockchain, in fact, most other goals may hinge upon the successful completion of this goal||3 months|
Hive Power (HP) - related goals
|Achieve 50 HP by the end of the programme||4.2 HP Weekly||Reach posting goals and actively engage in communities both off and on-chain||HP is the measure of one's worth and relevance on the Hive blockchain, while I am forever grateful to @Starstrings for his delegations, I am like a weaning child and should eventually progress towards more independence||3 months|
Follower - related goals
|12 additional followers by the end of the programme||2 followers per week||Really engage with other users off and on the block through comments, following, reblogging and voting, hoping to achieve organic following||Building my following is crucial to building myself an audience and an owned media space||3 months|
Comment and Engagements
|Make 168 comments by the end of the programme||2 Comments Daily in HL community||Comment and support at least two posts from the HL community every day||Givers never lack! So, instead of just taking, I want to give back to the HL community and Hive at large by contributing to its activities; supporting, commenting, voting and reblogging will be a regular feature of my engagement efforts||3 months|
Hive Onboarding Goals
|Introduce at least 3 new persons to Hive||1 active user per month||Convince others as to why Hive is a safe space||Bring in potential newbies for the next badge of the newbie initiative programme||3 months |
Hive Exploration Goals
|Identify all Hive front ends||Number and identity of all frontends on Hive||Utilze available resources like Hive Dapps along with personal research||I just believe there is more under the hood on the Hive blockchain and treasures can be dug out||3 months |
In life, challenges are normal, and one's ability to overcome them sheer display of strength. Here are some challenges I envisage to come in terms with on the pathway to achieving my goals and how I hope to work around them.
|Time||Like every other young person today, time is not always sufficient. With a lot to attend to, it seems its difficult to add more to an already busy schedule||Time is only available when we create it. So, I hope to incorporate my plans to my personal schedule (maybe shake things up a little), and cut time spent on some non-essential activities.|
|Feeling of invisibility||Honestly, sometimes, it feels like I am invisible here, especially when I do not get as much attention as I hoped for (don't judge me! We all like attention.)||Change the feeling of invisibility to the feeling of invincibility my being hard to ignore through active engagements.|
I surely hope we will be presented with a task that requires us to backtrack on these goals and see how well we have done. I cannot wait to juxtapose my achievements in the next three months to these goals I have set for myself today.