This may come off as overly simple. But it’s not.
It’s much harder than it sounds.
“When are my dreams of making a career in music going to come to fruition?”
“How can I make it when I’m working a full-time job?”
“I feel like I’m all over the place, trying so many things and lacking focus.”
Do any of these resonate with you?
Well here’s the good news, you’re not alone.
We all struggle with focus, especially as creatives.
We have so many ideas and songs and musical aspirations that it seems like we can’t nail any one of them down. But here’s the truth:
“You chase two rabbits, and you catch neither.”
If you’re like I’ve been at times, even to have only TWO things would be amazing! Most of you have ten or twenty ideas you’re trying to chase down all at once!
But the truth is, if you have more than three goals or priorities, you don’t have any.
So here’s what I want you to do. And I promise that if you do it, you’ll improve your results by at least 2X immediately. It’s time to think about your goals. And if you don’t even know what your goals are, now is a good time to start…
Step 1. MAKE A LIST OF ALL OF YOUR GOALS AND THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO DO.
Step 2. CIRCLE THE TOP THREE THAT, IF ACCOMPLISHED, WOULD MAKE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.
Step 3: DELETE THE REST.
“What?! Delete the rest?!”
Yes. You read that right.
But what about all of the others?
The truth is, you were the one who identified that they are not your top three priorities. So look at them as this – DISTRACTIONS.
Yes, everything that is not in your VITAL THREE, is a distraction.
This must be an ongoing process.
Your top three are going to change from year to year, even month to month, because you can’t predict what life will bring.
Do it even as often as once a week if you need to! Maybe your top three things are things you can accomplish in a relatively short amount of time, it’s just that often, our top three most important things are the ones we procrastinate on doing because we are afraid to face them.
Some examples in case you are stuck for ideas on where to even start:
Attend a weekly meetup with other songwriters to connect with potential collaboration partners.
Read a book on the music business.
Write one song a day for the next 3 months.
Attend a seminar on music production to learn and meet other people in the same field.
Get a publishing deal or a recording contract.
Find a manager or a mentor to help you put your dreams into action.
I promise you, if you work the list, and really narrow it down to what are really your main three goals or priorities, you will see your results at least double over the next few months.
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