If Musician’s Hate Goal Setting, Why Do They Do It All the Time?
It’s funny. If you look at the “Musician stereotype” we are supposed to wake up at the crack of 3, show up late, on drugs, display a laid back “free” attitude, and be constantly distracted from doing hard work by the ever present thoughts of sex running through our head 24/7 (ok, so some of that may be slightly true). Most of all musicians are labeled as creative beasts that need a freethinking environment, and absolutely HATE structured goal setting, and planning. Right?
If this is the truth, then it’s based on a lie. Musicians spend most of their time establishing direction (who is going to sing the third harmony?), meeting deadlines (practice is from 7-10, have those two songs learned), evaluating their progress (was I flat on the third verse?), and so on. We achieve small goals (songs) and string them together to achieve large goals (gigs). A gig is nothing but goal setting (set up time, playing, tear down, etc) and an execution of small goals strung together to achieve one large goal (getting paid). So whoever said Musician’s Hate Goal setting didn’t look close enough.
Musicians supposedly also will never use an organizer. However most musicians have a place where they keep their important numbers, papers, and important articles. It’s called their refrigerator. Here you find those directions to the gig, phone number s of the club, and the pizza hut coupons in case you have the munchies. The only problem is the refrigerator is not very portable.
This is where musicians need to take goal setting to a higher level and use tools to sharpen their goal setting skills and take them to the next level of success. By establishing a direction (a goal), musicians can use improve their goal achievement success rate, avoid failures, and really build some positive momentum.
While some think that actions such as writing down your goals stifles creativity by forcing you to write it down on paper, it does the opposite. Since the brain no longer has to remember the details of what the goal is, it can begin to focus on how to achieve the goal instead.
The tools I speak of do not necessarily mean an expensive leather day timer, and desktop calendar. You can use tools that are in some cases already on your computer. If you want to use other tools designed specifically for goal development there are plenty of software titles, books and more to help you. The first thing you have to realize is that Goal Setting is not a bad word, you’ve been doing it already, so why not learn how to do it efficiently. For more info go to http://www.jammindave.com/goalcenter
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