World Domination and other Life Goals

World Domination and other Life Goals

Here yea, here yea! All hail Empress Meg!

Oh, no wait. That was just a nice little dream I had. I’m awake now.

You may or may not remember, that as a part of my 25 goals for this year, I’m bent on edu-ma-cating myself. Right now, I’m taking a class called Instant Bestseller by Tim Grahl, who’s a pretty awesome, super smart dude. In addition to watching videos that make me go out and do stuff like start an amazing newsletter *cough, cough, Please sign up! cough, cough*, I sometimes have reading assignments. Which is how I came to discover Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity community, and A Brief Guide to World Domination. If you like tongue-in-cheek, motivational guides, you should check it out.

It really got me thinking about life goals. While my 25 goals are a great way to stretch myself, they don’t give me a direction in which I should be moving in my work and my life. Well, with Chris’s help, I’m going to start to rectify that.

Chris asks two main questions at the outset of this 29-page PDF:

  1. What do you really want to get out of life?
  2. What can you offer the world that no one else can?

I encourage you to pull out a piece of paper and pen right now, and answer them for yourself. I’m still working on my answers, but here’s what I’ve found so far:

What do I want out to life? To have adventures and share them through my novels. I love to write and I want to do it all day, every day. I want to share what I’ve written with people around the world, and somehow make their lives a little brighter. And I would like to make a living with my writing, enough that I can keep exploring and doing what I love.

What can I offer to the world? Well, this one’s a little harder. I have a unique voice and a unique perspective, which I lend to my writing. I love collecting and disseminating information on writing and publishing successfully. I’m crafty and I’ve made shoes for children in Africa and blankets for kids separated from their families in my own hometown.

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How does that translate into a broader goal? I don’t know yet, but I’ve got at least one idea: A read-a-thon, in which people from all over can join, read good books, and raise money to build a clean-water well for kids in a developing country through World Vision–readers could get sponsors for the number of hours, pages, or books they could read. (And I’m telling you this so that I have some level of accountability, which I’ve found works wonders for me.)

I want to keep thinking and figure out how to expand that into my larger goal instead of just a one-time event, but at least it’s a place to start.

And that’s the most important thing: start. Start now. You may start wrong, but at least you’ll be learning. Don’t wait. Don’t wait until your kid starts school or finishes college. Don’t wait until the lawn is mowed and the garbage is out and the laundry is clean. Don’t wait for the perfect time. There is no perfect time. You will wait your life away.

I’m starting. I’m publishing my book and starting my newsletter and changing my site. I may not do it all right. In fact, I’m sure I’ve messed up some things all ready. But I’m going to keep learning and trying and improving. And I’m going to take on the world.

How can you do one thing today to move toward your goal and make the world a better place? 

Love, Meg D. Gonzalez

By | 2017-04-06T11:46:56+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Books, Encouragement, Goals, My Journey, Travel|20 Comments

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I'm a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. I'm crazy for God and want to share his love with awesome girls around the globe.


  1. Laura November 7, 2016 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    I LOVE the idea of a read-a-thon, encouraging literacy for a good cause is just about as wonderful an idea as you could pitch. If you ever put one together make sure to mention it in the BPP group because I would absolutely sign up (and raise a whole bunch because I’m an avid reader!)

    Laura @

  2. Megan November 2, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Great suggestions on the motivational reads! Also – good luck on the revamp! Can’t wait to see how it all comes out.

  3. Kristin Cook November 2, 2016 at 8:06 am - Reply

    This is absolutely excellent! I am so excited for you and I appreciate you saying to just go ahead and start even if I start wrong. I *sort of* started yesterday. I bought the Blogger Toolkit. I know we couldn’t afford it, but I have been waiting for two years to purchase things that could “ed-u-ma-cate” me in the world of blogging and I was tired of waiting. If this is going to be my career one day, I have to take the plunge!

    • Megan Gonzalez November 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Kristin! I’m so excited for you! I know making those kind of purchases can be terrifying, but the courses I’ve taken have given me so much knowledge and courage. It’s been a great thing for me. So this is a little secret, I’ve learned on how to get the most out of courses (is Blogger Toolkit a course? I’m guessing so by your comment). The first course I took, I watched all the videos, spent time taking notes. And then did nothing. I wouldn’t say it was a complete waste, because I still learned a lot, but it was close. So this class that I’m taking now, every time I watch a video, I take notes and then I leave the class and go out and do whatever they suggested. Yes, it’s taking a lot longer to go through it this way, but it’s making a HUGE difference. I’m making so much progress, and it’s great to use the knowledge while it’s still fresh. If Blogger Toolkit is indeed a course, I can’t encourage you enough to take it slow and implement as you go.

  4. Elizabeth Ann November 2, 2016 at 7:52 am - Reply

    I love this post! So thought provoking and encouraging. It is the kick in the pants I needed this morning to tackle a few tasks that seem insurmountable. Thank you for that!

    Elizabeth Ann //

    • Megan Gonzalez November 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Elizabeth Ann! Those insurmountable tasks can seem so scary, but I’ve found breaking them down makes them a lot more manageable. A couple weeks ago, I was panicking because of all the things that needed to happen between now and the book launch–the task of preparation just seemed so huge and insurmountable. So, I wrote down everything that had to be down and broke those items down into more manageable pieces and assigned each piece a week. Will I finish every single thing? Probably not, but I’ll accomplish the most important things and keep a level head along the way. If you’re having trouble with insurmountable tasks, this might help you conquer them! It’s helped me in the past and it’s helping me again today 🙂

  5. Vanessa K November 2, 2016 at 7:06 am - Reply

    This is so inspiring! I’ve never really analyzed my goals in life before so I think this is going to be a great activity for me to do. I’ve never put much thought to how I want to change the world, but I do know that I want Christ to shine through no matter what! I’m gonna get crackin on this exercise 😉

    • Megan Gonzalez November 3, 2016 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks Vanessa! I had that same reaction! I felt as if I just been wandering around from goal to goal for years. Asking these questions and pondering the answers has helped me find an overall purpose and figure out which goals and ambitions I actually need in my life and focus my efforts there. It’s been hugely helpful, and I hope it will help you too!

  6. Ref J November 1, 2016 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Great post! I wish you success with your goals and I love your attitude of taking it one goal at a time. Just as you said, it doesn’t all need to be done at once. Step-by-step, goal-by-goal and you will succeed.

    • Megan Gonzalez November 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ref! Breaking down the goals really does make all the difference. A couple weeks ago, I was panicking because of all the things that needed to happen between now and the book launch–everything just seemed so huge and insurmountable. So, I wrote down everything that had to be down and broke those items down into more manageable pieces and assigned each piece a week. Will I finish every single thing? Probably not, but I’ll accomplish the most important things and keep a level head along the way 🙂

  7. Rachel G November 1, 2016 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Right now I’m very much in a time of not knowing at all my own answers to those two questions, but I’d like to take the time to figure out what they might be. It’s hard for me to think about the future at the moment–At the beginning of last month I thought I knew what my next year of life held and what I was working towards and preparing for, but when I lost my baby it really knocked me down and now I’m finding it really hard to answer anything about what I want in life in a realistic or hopeful manner. I’m hoping a few more weeks of working back towards physical health will put me back in a place where I can imagine goals again. I have been very surprised by how much I feel like I’ve ‘lost’ my dreams or vision for the future through this experience, but I know I’ll get it back, it’ll just take time. I’m impatient.

    • Megan Gonzalez November 3, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Hi, Rachel. I want to start by saying thank you for sharing, and I’m so sorry for your loss. I can barely imagine how that would shake your dreams and goals, but I know it has to be profound. I’m praying for you and your healing… and for patience in allowing those dreams to come back. Anything I might say about goals and the future would come across as trite, so just know that my heart goes out to you and I’m thinking about you. -Meg

  8. Lauren @ Glitter & Grandeur November 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Wow! You have a lot going on and are making great progress! I really needed this post today. I am considering a career change and I think answering these questions will really help me narrow my focus. 🙂 Thank you! Best of luck on all your future endeavors and world domination!

    • Megan Gonzalez November 3, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Lauren! I’m so glad you found this helpful. I know how scary a career change can be. A little over two years ago now I left my “real job” to pursue writing, editing, and blogging full time. It was terrifying (and I’m still making no where near as much money) but it was the best decision I ever made. I am so much happier with what I’m doing now because I’m pursuing my dreams. As I keep learning and working, the money will come. The most important thing is that I’m able to do I what I love most–writing and going on adventures 🙂

  9. Sarah Prince November 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I actually just accomplished a BIG goal today! I launched a course for my audience on helping mothers learn how to birth naturally. I really think it will help the world become a better place because tomorrow’s children will be healthier because of it. Now on to the next goal! 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez November 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Congratulations Sarah! That’s such an incredible accomplishment! Courses scare me a little, but that’s a fear I definitely want to overcome!

  10. Summer @ Coffee With Summer November 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Love this, Megan! So proud of you for going after your dreams! How exciting about your book!

    • Megan Gonzalez November 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you Summer! I’m so excited about publishing Sketchy Tacos. I spent 3+ years writing and editing it. I’m so excited (and nervous) to send it out into the world!

  11. Abbey November 1, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Those are really great questions, Meg! What we want is always easier, but we also need to know what we’re offering that no one else can. Love it! 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez November 1, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Thanks Abbey! I think so too. It’s been a week since I first heard those question and I’m still puzzling out exactly what I have to offer. What is it that you offer to your readers?

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