January 2014 Goals

January 2014 Goals // erineflynn.com

Is it really 2014? I’m not sure I’m ready for this. In fact, skimming through blogs in my reader this morning just about made me freak out. Everyone’s posting about their OMG!awesome resolutions and plans for the new year, and I’m still wrapping up 2013. I did already post some overall goals for the year, but I feel like I’m already not doing enough when I compare my goals to others’. I just feel like I’m not doing enough because so-and-so has a longer list, or bigger plans, or better plans, or—ugh!

My singular goal this month is to stop comparing myself to others!

I just need to focus on my own business/blogging/life and not worry about what others are doing. At some point following others stops being inspiring and just becomes overwhelming.

Are you having a problem with this too? Join me in making your January goal to just focus on yourself/your business/blog. Stop worrying about what others are doing, and just do your own thing! Need a break? Take one! Want to work your ass off? Do it! Don’t worry whether someone else is doing more (or less) and whether or not they’re doing it “better”–just do what you WANT (and need) to do, and focus on yourself!

Trust me, focusing on yourself is gonna keep you a lot more motivated and HAPPY than comparing yourself to others. You’ll probably end up getting a lot more done too!


  1. says

    I totally agree with your two last statements. Focus on yourself is the key. I hope you can achieve this January goal. Good luck!

    • says

      Yeah, it’s really hard when it seems like someone just comes out of nowhere and goes “pro” overnight too–but I think we don’t often see what’s going on behind the scenes! The pros all started somewhere, and even people like Marie Forleo and Derek Halpern didn’t get where they are overnight–and those who seem to, often had connections and years of work put in before they started their blog/business!

      • says

        That’s another great point, remembering all the hard work that must be going on that we can’t always see. There’s all kinds of foundation that has to be built first, connections to be made, etc. But if you get a little bit of luck, like a post going even a tiny bit viral, that never hurts!

  2. says

    Yes! I totally agree. I love learning but the problem is I read so many blogs with tips on marketing, blogging itself, freelance writing, etc. that I become overwhelmed! I’ve been trying desperately to stream my reading and social media use but then I start to feel like I’ll miss out on some great tip. I need to reign it in and focus on DOING MY WORK.

    • says

      I feel like reading all these other blogs with advice and tips on what you should do just gives me a list that is SO long and SO daunting that I can’t even begin to tackle it! Gotta block that stuff out and just focus on my own work and a FEW things I need to do!

  3. says

    100% behind you on this! However I’ve found this is one of the hardest goals, its so easy to get caught up it all :<
    But I wish you all the best in your goals and your 2014 as a whole :)

    • says

      Yes, it’s got to be one of the hardest things in the blogging/online business world! I mean, how do you write a blog online without visiting anyone else’s blog? How do you run an online business without visiting other websites? It’s just about impossible! Gonna try my best to block out what other people are doing though, so I can get my own stuff done!

    • says

      Especially on Pinterest! Yeesh, that site is killing me lately. I follow a lot of people who post business tips, so among all the beautiful items that I will never own, I also get the “10 million things you need to do RIGHT NOW to run a successful business!” pins. Ugh!

  4. says

    I totally feel you on this. As I’ve been poking through my reader the past few days, I’ve been completely overwhelmed by all of the new years resolution posts, word of the year posts, the year as a wrap-up posts… Not to say that I haven’t written something along those lines myself… but there’s so much going on with me behind the scenes that I’m just not sure I’m ready to share yet… and I feel kinda like crap because the little critic in my head starts saying, “All those people are sharing, why can’t you bring yourself to write anything? Bock bock bock chicken!” I need to stop focusing on what everyone else is doing and just do what I need to do for me.

    • says

      I feel ya! But you certainly don’t need to share anything you’re not ready to share. It’s no one’s business but your own. And as for goals and resolutions, sometimes you just need to focus on doing your own thing. The world won’t end if you don’t have a year-long plan on January 1st. You can make changes and resolve to do _____ at ANY time during the year, or say “fuck it” and keep rollin’ as you are, because sometimes you just don’t need to worry about anything else. You’re pretty damn awesome as you are, so just do what feels right for you!

  5. Sidney says

    This is the whole reason that I stopped social networking for the better part of 2013. I was constantly comparing myself to people I didn’t have any interaction with other than status likes. I was starting to feel miserable and finally decided enough is enough. This is such a great goal so I hope you keep it up for the rest of the month!


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