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Goal Setting for the Aspiring Musician

Aug 17, 2007
Goal setting is often a difficult subject because it requires planning and organization. Planning for the future doesn't have to be tedious and stressful. Believe me, goal setting and planning for the future can only help you to achieve those dream of music industry success!

Don't let past failures prevent you from completing a list of future goals. Sometimes failing is a great thing because we learn from our mistakes. What's that old saying, "what doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger!?"

Going with the flow and taking it one day at a time is great sometimes. But setting clear cut goals for where you want to go with your independent music will give you something to work with and for. Do not be at the mercy of someone else or the instability of the music industry, take hold of the wheel and steer yourself toward your own destiny.

Goal setting gives your control over your career. Maybe you want to meet more music contacts or schedule more gigs. Maybe along with meeting music contacts, you want to record more music or write more songs. Make a list and prioritize. Which step is more important to you? Which step will advance you further in your career?

The good news is that you already know how to set goals because you have done it in the past. Have you ever wanted a gig and booked it? Have you ever recorded a song? What about performed to an audience? All of these things were goals and you achieved them.

If goal setting still freaks you out then don't think of it as concrete. Look, if you set a goal and don't achieve it in time, then it really isn't a huge deal. You just keep trucking by allowing yourself more time. Plans can change or evolve as time passes, especially in the music industry. It is your life and your goals or plans don't have to be set in stone.

The best part about independent music is just what I said above, you are in control. But setting goals is still recommended. This not only gives you something to work for but it will make you work harder. Don't remain stagnate and hope things will just happen to you. Get out there and meet those contacts, record more songs, market, promote, network and most of all, achieve the goals that you know will help you succeed in the music industry.
About the Author
Owner of Platinum Millennium publishing, former record label owner & national music industry seminar speaker/panelist. Author/creator of best-selling music biz books, courses, audio products & "How to" resources that helped 1000s. Go to http://www.TheIndustryYellowPages.com for more info on music contacts, music industry & independent music.
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