Musician's Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals
Goal setting is like drawing a map for yourself.
So far so good, we have looked at 1) What goal setting for a musician is and 2) The five important elements of goal setting. The next step is to find out how to set these goals.
Just like a business idea, goals start from the idea stage, which is translated into a piece of paper and eventually into actionable tasks.
Step 1: Mapping Out Your Goals
Here you have the idea/desire to want to achieve. Think about your focus areas in your musical career and write them down. They can include but not limited to the following;
Branding – Your look, your feel, your image, your health.
Marketing – What will you do for your marketing plans?
Website – Building a new one, updating the existing website
Social Networking – Building a strong online presence
Booking – Gigs, media tours, interviews.
CD’s & Downloads – How many would you release, distribute, and sell? What is your goal number?
Money – How much money would you honestly and realistically like to earn a year?
Film and TV Placements – Will you work towards them?
Expanding and Maintaining Your Fan Base – How will you focus on new fan outreach, but still acknowledge and appreciate those who have been true fans of yours for years?
Team – Will you be trying to get a manager or a booking agent?
Writing & Recording – Songwriting or recording an album or EP this year?
Your Instrument – Buying a new instrument or taking lessons?
Personal Health – So your performance is better – exercise, eating healthier, etc.
Step 2: Write Your Goals Down
Now that you have identified your focus areas that you either need to start working on or improving on, write your goals down. This is where the S.M.A.R.T goals take effect.
Write each goal as if it is already happening. In other words, be sure to use the present tense!
Give a date for when you want to achieve each one
Your goals should involve you and only you (they can’t involve you being reliant upon someone else).
Make sure the goals you are setting for yourself are realistic and achievable.
Make sure they make you feel motivated to complete!
Techniques For Achieving Goals
Once you have mapped out your goals, it is time to start achieving them and ticking off your list so as to set new ones.
1. Start With An Easy Goal
Don’t start with a goal that requires a lot of time and discipline to achieve. I know that you are ambitious, but you must be kind to yourself and remember “Rome was not built in a day”
Choose a simple goal and get it achieved within the next two weeks. This will get you motivated and give you the courage to achieve more goals.
Think of a small, achievable goal that only takes four to five hours or so to complete.
2. Make Lists To Stay On Track
Make daily lists of what you need to do to get your goals met before you start your day. Do the hardest thing first in the morning.
Delegate the little activities that waste your valuable time to other people (you would be amazed at what you could do with 4 hours it takes to clean your house).
Don’t overwork yourself – studies show that 6 tasks are the maximum you can achieve in one day! Of course, this depends on how much time and energy each task involves.
3. Keep Your Goals To Yourself
It is important to write down your goals and hang them in order to remind you of where you're headed, however, do not broadcast your goals to the world. At least for a little bit anyway until your goals begin to take a shape. It may come as a shock, but goal setting is best done in privacy. And running to tell friends, coworkers, and your mom isn’t such a wise first step in actualizing the things you want to achieve. This is because;
The simple act of sharing your goal publicly can make you less likely to do the work to achieve it.
Receiving premature praise for a goal makes achieving the goal less likely.
Getting negative feedback could stop you and demotivate your process
4. Set Aside Time to Achieve Goals
Your goals won’t happen unless you have time to make sure they do!
Here is his 6:45 video called “6 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity”.
5. Write Down 5 Successes Each Day
Write down five little successful activities each day for this entire year.
Once you start getting into this habit, you are training yourself to put the focus on the positive and get your brain to stop being so critical.
Put a notebook in your gig bag or next to your bed and each day write down 5 things
Here are some examples:
1. Went to the gym.
2. Wrote lyrics for a new song.
3. Called three clubs for potential bookings.
4. Did the dishes.
5. Asked 25 friends to follow me on Spotify
6. Don't be afraid to adjust
After determining your time frame for your goals, understand that adjustments will need to be made at some point, and that's okay.
There will be moments in your career when you're doing well and working towards your goals, but life will get in the way. A friend will need you, you'll move across the country.
Don't ever be afraid to adjust a goal to make your life a little bit more doable. Just because you're behind schedule doesn't mean you're not making the effort!
Achieving goals is a process which takes time. You will have your days where you may get frustrated, and you will start to beat yourself up (sound familiar?).
Self-criticism will interfere directly with achieving your goals and dreams. So, the next time you feel like you are not moving,, take a step back, acknowledge the good and celebrate your achievements.