I wanted to talk a little about the importance of putting together some solid plans to achieve your goals bit by bit. A little planning can go a long way. If everyone in your band or on your team is really clear about what has to be done and why, then you're going to accomplish way more over less time. It's simple.
Many times people will look far into the future to the point where they've achieved all their goals and they're at the top of the mountain and that's definitely a great thing to do. You have to know where you're going and visualizing yourself being there is an extremely important part of the whole process. In the initial stages of taking real action though, I think it's equally important to set smaller short term goals. This helps to create momentum and give everyone involved the sense that these steps are very realistic and achievable. Big dreams are all accomplished by taking little steps one day at a time. All we have in this life is right now, so do all that you can in this moment and don't overwhelm yourself with thoughts of what's going to happen next week, next month or a year from now. No matter how much you plan for it, it'll probably play out quite different when it actually happens anyway, so why stress about it?
I'd like you to have a look at this video featuring one of my faves, Bobby Borg. He's the author of "The Musician's Handbook" and a music industry veteran with decades of experience. In this video he talks about some things you need to think about that will help you get clear about your direction in this crazy biz. Really listen to what he's saying and maybe jot down some notes as you watch. I'm guessing it will inspire some new ideas and help get you rolling in the right direction.
I'd also love to hear any feedback from you about goals that you've set for yourself and have since achieved. Even if it's a goal that you haven't fully realized yet, but you're closer to it than you've ever been before. Here's to your success!