One Million Hits A Day: Should Our Goals Ignore Reality?

Source:  Angela Grant
Source: Angela Grant

One Million Hits A Day:  Is That A Realistic Goal?

What should I do?

Motivation can be backfire without self-efficacy! Reading about incredible, awesome, successful people and their incredible accomplishments can be both uplifting and a party pooper. A week ago, I read Seth’s Story (a blogger). He got over 20 million hits in less than 24 hours on one article. Awesome! I was stunned and amazed a non-celebrity could write a post that generated so many hits that he was forced to switch platforms to handle the traffic.

Problem is I can’t imagine ever coming close to that number in a dozen lifetimes –and we only have one –of daily blogging. I shouldn’t judge myself based on other people’s accomplishments, but that is human nature. I was motivated until reality hit, such goals are not possible for someone like me. I lack self-efficacy What is self-efficacy?

Unintentionally, motivators risk becoming de-motivators when goals are beyond one’s capabilities. After reading Seth’s article and looking at my stats instead of being ready for a challenge, I was ready to cancel my WordPres’s account. Clearly, Seth found a secret formula to successful blogging. Success is contagious in building confidence. Repeated successes, even small ones, go a long way toward empowerment and self-efficacy.

Self-efficacy is confidence in one’s ability to perform certain actions successfully or carry out desired goals. Confident, empowered people are by definition self-efficacious. Self-efficacy leads to great successes. But what if one is not confident or feels empowered? A beautifully written and endearing story reminded me; I am no writer. So what do I do?

I lack the foundational writing skills necessary to gain broad appeal as a blogger. I will never reach my goal of one million a day. Seth’s success was not accidental or luck but rather skill.

My question: should I change my goals of 1 millions views a day or should I continue to believe and dream an unrealistic dream?

 

Btw, everyone should read Seth’s story:  Marriage Isn’t For You   http://sethadamsmith.com/2013/11/02/marriage-isnt-for-you/

Source: Angela Grant
Motivation Can Backfire
Source: Angela Grant

Author: Angela Grant

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