It’s a new year and a great time to create some new music goals.
Creating goals is a great way gain better clarity of what you want to achieve on your instrument of choice.
This will increase your chances of success in a shorter period of time.
Tip #1 Write It Down!
When creating goals always remember to write them down. The physical act of writing helps to create a neurological connection in the brain.
You can also create or use images for added fun and clarity.
Guitarist Jennifer Batten, says she carried around a photo of Van Halen with her everyday.
When she looked at it, she imagined it was her own concert.
You can do the same for your own music goals.
With free programs like Canva, you can have fun making a visual collage of your goal’s aka vision board.
Tip #2: Start with the Why
Too often we focus on the goal itself but not why we want it?
Goals are rarely, if ever, achieved without some underlying motivation.
Putting your why into words is actually kind of difficult.
Simon Sinek has written an entire book trying to help the reader uncover this question.
According to Sinek, “The WHY is the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us.” https://simonsinek.com/find-your-why/
He goes on to state that, “This whole concept of WHY is grounded in the tenets of the biology of human decision making.”
Once you know the WHY, your goals will start falling into place and will feel much more achievable.
Tip #3 - Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals
S.M.A.R.T. goals have a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timeframe.
When you create goals, you want them to be clear and precise.
If you say “I to play something that sounds good on the guitar” This is way too vague.
“I want to learn how to strum Beatles songs on the acoustic guitar.”
Already you have a much clearer picture of what the end result should look and sound like.
What gets measured gets done.
For example, you could add in how many songs: “I want to learn how to strum ten Beatles songs on the acoustic guitar.”
If you learn only 8 songs and it takes 18 months, then you know you didn’t hit your goals.
Ultimately, you’ve got to set goals that are both exciting but achievable.
Achievable meaning you believe you can do it and it’s well within the context of your life.
An unrealistic goal might be “Headlining tour with Paul McCarthy by next year.”
This goal is setting you up for failure. Especially, if you're currently earning how to play.
Making goals time-sensitive creates a sense of urgency.
That’s because you know that the goal must be achieved within a specific period of time.
“I want to learn how to strum ten Beatles songs on the acoustic guitar in 12 months.”
Ready to achieve your musician goals for the coming year?
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