Here are my 5 tips to making the next 12 months your best year yet for music.
1) DON’T QUESTION – JUST EMBRACE YOUR PASSION
If music is core part of your life, it’s going to be that way for the rest of your life.
Sometimes you may feel inspired, other days frustrated, but deep down you know that it’s your mission to create and spread your gift, your talent with the world.
It’s time to stop the questioning. It’s time to stop that inner voice that doesn’t support your highest self. Yes, you are good enough. Yes, you will get better the more you explore your talents. Just do it!
2) MAKE YOUR MUSIC GOALS SPECIFIC
Often the reason people don’t make progress with their music goals is they can’t be quantified.
“Success in the Music Industry” can’t be measured. How do you (and not anyone else) define success?
“Make a living from music full-time” doesn’t have a figure attached to it. What is “a living” to you?
“Win a Grammy.” Great! Which one?
It is time to get specific. When I start coaching a new client, one of the first things I start with is helping them make their general goals specific and actionable.
3) GIVE YOUR MUSIC GOALS A DEADLINE
Deadlines are so crucial to success. If you haven’t finished that album, built your fan base, played those festivals you know will take you to the next level, or even played your first gig, the chances are you haven’t set yourself a deadline.
Here’s the secret. Don’t fret over dates, just pick one! It is easier to move a date once set. No date however is a 100% guarantee it will never happen!
4) GET MOTIVATED TO HIT YOUR DEADLINE
For independent recording artists, the hardest challenge is not the music itself. It is getting motivated. When you don’t have a major label cracking a whip over your album delivery, there are no consequences if you don’t deliver (apart from beating yourself up, which doesn’t help). That’s why I have had work with coaches for 15 years. A coach acts as an accountability partner and they the No.1 secret team member behind every successful artist (and every professional at the top of their game such as Olympians, Tennis Pros and CEOs)
5) THE 15 MINUTES DAILY MUSIC CHALLENGE
Think you have no time? Try my 15 Minute Daily Music Challenge. Every morning, get up 15 minutes earlier and do one thing EVERY DAY that moves your music career forward (weekends included!) I’m not talking about writing another song, or tweaking a mix for the 100th time or learning a new scale. I am talking about something that will be a direct step to getting you and your music One Step Closer (OSC) out into the world.
- Send that email
- Do that research
- Review your goals
- Research open mic nights
- Write that press release
- Contact that blog
- Find the right coach
- Book that gig
Before you know it, you will have huge momentum. Don’t check your smart phone. Make this the first thing you do when you get up.
Wishing you every success with your music!