If you don’t set clear goals for yourself, you’ve got nothing to aim for.
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Making New Year’s resolutions may not be your cup of tea, but it’s never a bad idea to stop once in a while, take stock of where you are right now in your life, and set goals for yourself. The end of a year provides us with a great opportunity to do just that.
If you don’t set goals for yourself, your future could be simply the product of chance events as they occur. While no one can predict their own future with complete certainty, setting goals allows you to get yourself pointed in the right direction.
In songwriting, setting a goal for yourself means starting with this question: Where do you want to be this time next year?
The possibilities are endless, and so the answer to that question is completely up to you. Do you plan to release a new recording of songs? Do you want to increase your songwriting output? Whatever your desire, you need to be able to give yourself a goal, and work out the steps to achieve it.
The following is a list of statements that pertain to the songwriting world. Some may apply to you, and others not. Take a look, and see what answers you can give:
For 2014, I want to:
- …be able to increase the number of songs I write, so I’ll start by doing the following: ____________.
- …develop a productive songwriting partnership with another songwriter, so I will _________.
- …record a new CD of music, so I’ll start the process by doing the following: __________.
- …improve the quality of my music, so I will ____________.
- …increase my online music presence, so I will ___________.
Your own particular goal may not be listed above, so create your own. And remember, a goal is meaningless if you don’t at least have a first step in mind that can get you pointed in the right direction. For example, the response to the first statement above might be: “…so I will start by setting aside 1 hour every day to write music.”
And remember, that’s just to get you started. You’d be amazed at what can be achieved by writing down a set of steps that will get you to your goal. If your goal is to release a new CD, set a date for release. Where will you record it? Who will you be using in your band? When will you ask them? Who is going to produce it? So many times, goals are missed because steps are not clearly laid out.
Whatever your goals and aims are, I want to wish you a wonderful, prosperous 2014. And I want to thank you for your support of this blog. It’s a labour of love for me, and I always enjoy reading your feedback. Please keep reading!
Happy New Year!
Written by Gary Ewer. Follow on Twitter.
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