When to Keep Chasing Your Goals and When to Stop

keep chasing your goals
keep chasing your goals

My mom had sent me a post yesterday from USAToday about a blogger named Lauryn Evarts Bosstick, the author and creator behind The Skinny Confidential

Between her blog, her podcast, her Instagram, and her book, Bosstick has missions of followers all around the world. Her podcast alone has pulled in more than 54 million listeners and has featured individuals such as Tony Robbins, Ed Mylett, and even Jessica Alba. 

Today, with all of her businesses combined, Bosstick is easily making seven-figures a year from her various sources of income. But it wasn’t always this way. 

When asked the question “What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?” Bosstick responds by saying, “I’ve built this brand over ten years, and I still have a long way to go, but it’s been 10 years. People will message me and say “I’ve been blogging for a year and I haven’t made any money.” I blogged for three years straight and didn’t make a dime.”

“Also, intention’s so important. So many people are blogging nowadays because they want to post pretty pictures of themselves, and while that’s part of the job and it’s fun, it’s like: what’s your intention? When I first went into it, my intention was to provide tangible takeaways, tips, tricks, and advice to my audience where they could go and apply it to their own life and it could enhance their life.”

When to Keep Chasing Your Goals

As I read this article, something about it hit home with me – something that made me question why it is that I blog in the first place.

While my purpose isn’t to make a living through my blog (although it would be nice), there are times when I have asked myself if I should monetize my blog, what are some ideas that I can implement within my blog to make some money, and ways to gain more followers and subscribers. 

I think every person with a goal goes through this stage – the stage of wanting to achieve your goals in a short amount of time while having to do as little work as possible. 

Bosstick didn’t earn a penny from her blog for the first three years that it was up. Her sole purpose was to provide value to the lives of others while knowing that, when the time was right, she would one day be able to turn her blog into a business. 

If you are somebody who has the ability and tenacity to work towards a goal while giving it your all, then keep going. Keep working towards that goal, keep pushing yourself each and every day, and keep believing in all that you are capable of achieving. I assure you, if you do this, someday the hard work and dedication will pay off, even if it’s not in the ways that you may think it would. 

When to Stop Chasing A Goal

Ask yourself, why are you chasing your goals? Are you doing so because you enjoy the process, because you want to someday create a better life for yourself, or because you can’t envision your life not chasing your goals? Or are you doing so for the idea of cashing in and quitting your job, for the approval of others, or simply for the fame and recognition that you think it may someday bring? 

If the second part of that question resonates with you more than the first part, then that’s when you should stop chasing your goals. 

Life is about more than making loads of money, gaining the approval of others, or becoming rich and famous someday. Life is about following your passion, achieving your goals, and living the life that is going to make you the happiest. There is no one right or wrong way to live your life, just the way that leaves your feeling happy and fulfilled. 

The Pursuit of Happiness

After reading this article on Lauryn Evarts Bosstick, I was forced to take a step back and reassess my goals and the purpose of why it is that I blog every day in the first place.

I am not doing so for the money, for the fame, or for the approval of others. I am doing so because I can’t envision my life not blogging. I can’t envision my life without having an outlet to express my thoughts while trying to inspire others to overcome some of the struggles that I have endured. If I do make a living someday from blogging, great. If not, I am okay with that and will still do it regardless. 

Find a Purposeful Goal

Whatever your goals are, go after them. You are never going to know what you are capable of achieving unless you are willing to, at the very least, give yourself the opportunity to find out. Success comes to those who work hard and continue to work hard despite the obstacles and challenges they may face. If you continue to work hard, believe in yourself, and stay true to your purpose, good things will find a way into your life. Don’t believe me? Just read Bosstick’s story for some inspiration.

Michael Bonnell

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