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Goal setting 101 for the proactive musician

Goal setting is a great technique that is extremely powerful as it helps to boost your performance and productivity. Your goals needs to be specific for the stage that you are at in your career becuase if you reach too far too soon, you may hinder your own success.

The goal setting process of a musician involves developing a plan that will motivate you to advance your career and push yourself further. People who want to be successful in anything that they do in life set goals for their own personal development and management, that way you can stay on track and measure your own personal growth against your objectives.

When you are ready to set your goals, you need to start by believing in yourself and your ability to change your life for the better. Once you have spent time setting realistic goals, you have to have the self belief and confidence to know that you will do all that you can in order to reach them. Having doubts in your own ability is normal, but at the times that you do doubt yourself, spend time refocusing yourself on your objectives, and working on your self confidence.

Visualization is an incredible technique that you can use to help you set realistic goals and to keep yourself motivated. By picturing what you want out of life and where you see your music career taking you, it can make your dreams a lot more realistic and tangible. If you have a clear vision, then you won’t allow distractions to set you off course from achieving the things that you really want out of life.

By writing down your goals instead of just thinking about them, it makes them concrete and very real. You can write a list of your goals somewhere visible so they can act as a reminder when you are feeling disheartened or overwhelmed. With a list of goals ahead of you, it helps you to stay committed to achieving your goals and you’ll want to constantly work towards them. Making a success of ourselves and making our dreams a reality takes a lot of determination and hard work. If you don’t stay focused on the end point, you’ll slowly start to notice your goals drifting away from you. So make sure to maintain your focus and keep your objectives in mind, no matter how far away they may seem.

Having a purpose when you set your goals can really help drive you to achieve them. You shouldn’t just set goals for the sake of it or because other people think you should do this or that in your life. Set goals that have a purpose and that are realistic to the direction that you want to go in your life. That way you will work day and night to reach them, even when the going gets tough.

It’s not enough just to set your goals and then hope that somehow you’ll reach them. Once you have a list of the things you want to achieve and where you want your music career to end up, write a plan of action that will help you get there. It’s very nice to have some goals, but if we don’t know how to reach them, then there’s almost no purpose to the list at all.

Having a list of major goals, although constructive, can be very overwhelming. If you are someone who gets overwhelmed quite easily, then it’s a good idea to have a list of smaller goals, that you can reach on the way to achieving your larger goals. Through setting daily or weekly goals and reaching them, you help yourself to feel a sense of accomplishment a long with the motivation to keep on going.

It’s not just enough to have a pretty list of goals to look at and a plan of action. You need to define your goals to help keep yourself on track. Define the time that you want to achieve your goal by, instead of leaving it open ended. Through giving yourself deadlines to achieve your goals, you’ll keep yourself motivated and you’ll also be able to determine if your goals are realistic or not. Make a habit of constantly reviewing your goals, your action plan and your deadlines, as sometimes these may change based of life circumstances, so you always want to make sure that your goals are realistic.

Once you achieve a goal, cross it off your list, but don’t just feel content and stop pushing yourself. Take your time to enjoy achieving a goal that you have set, but then sit yourself down and write down a new goal, this way you are constantly pushing yourself and growing.

As a musician with a busy life in the industry, setting your goals is important because you need something to keep you organized and not distracted. You have to set goals, think about them and know how to go about achieving them. Goals give you some direction and they help you decide what is important to focus on, instead of wasting your time on things that are not important. They help you to prioritize your time and focus on the most important things first, instead of spending hours on something that won’t push you forward. Not only that but with clear goals, you’ll be able to be excited about your work and your future, instead of scared and overwhelmed.

One thing to be careful about, is setting unrealistic goals. This can lead to your failure in the music industry, leaving you feeling down and out. Make sure your goals are realistic to your stage of life, your resources, the time you have, and the skills that you bring to the table. You can’t be the lead guitarist in a band within a few months if you have never played guitar in your life! Be aware of your talents and your skills, as well as your attributes and your uniqueness and take these into consideration when setting your direction.

Setting goals is very important as a musician especially when you are fighting hard to make it in a very competitive industry. So make sure to take a moment and spend some time writing down your dreams and how you plan to make them a reality.

 

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