New Year’s Music Goals

I hope your holidays have been wonderful. This year, in addition to spending time with friends and family over the holidays, I’ve had some time alone to reflect. It’s a wonderful time, as we prepare to put the old year to rest and welcome in the New Year, to look back, take stock and set some new goals. Instead of the traditional “New Years Resolutions,” I invite you to follow a similar process this year around your musical goals.

Find some time by yourself when you can write. Or we can do this process together at your next lesson. Start with looking back at the year we are just completing. What were your greatest successes? Biggest losses? What mistakes did you make and what did you learn from them? Be sure to acknowledge and celebrate even the so-called “small” victories, like sticking with a practice schedule or mastering a difficult song. In the long run these accomplishments add up to creating success in your larger goals.

Next, set some goals for the coming year. Let yourself dream a little and imagine what you’d really like to be doing by the end of the year. Some people like to do this by imagining an “ideal scene”. Where are you? What are you doing, hearing, seeing? Who’s there with you? Maybe you are on stage, singing your heart out to an enthusiastic crowd….or doing a successful audition….or finally getting up the nerve to sing with a group of people. Whatever it is, picture it and write it down.

Another way to do this process is to write something like the “holiday letter” that people often send out. Pretend you are telling your friends about all the wonderful things you accomplished in 2012. Don’t worry if you don’t know at this point how you are actually going to achieve these things. You’re going to figure that out in the next step. You can also modify your goal later if it feels like it’s too much of a stretch to accomplish in one year. So be outrageous and go for what you really want!

Once you’ve figured out where you really want to be at the end of 2012, you can start to brainstorm ways to get there. For example – do you want to perform more? What do you need to do to make that happen? There may be several components to it. Maybe you need to boost your confidence with more consistent practice…or build up your repertoire. Do you need to learn more about the music business? Plan to research online, do some reading, or take a workshop (check out the Music Business 101 workshop I’m offering in January!)

Maybe your goal is to master a difficult song that you’d love to sing. What vocal skills do you need to master and what kind of practice will help you get there? Maybe you need some coaching on technique, or support to stick with a regular practice regime.

Then, ask yourself what you need to achieve each quarter in order to reach your larger goal. Break your goals down into manageable steps and come up with ideas for how you’ll get the information, resources and support you need.

You’ll want to check in with your goals on a regular basis and assess how you’re doing. Again, take time to celebrate any successes and brainstorm ways to get through (or around!) any obstacles you are encountering, adjusting as necessary as you go along.

So give yourself some quiet, uninterrupted space, and write your answers to the questions below. Or let’s fill this out together at your next voice lesson.

Remember:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back–concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment that one definitely commits oneself, than Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

– WH Murray

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

– JWV Goethe

Wishing you a successful, vibrant and prosperous 2012! Cheers!

 

New Years Vision and Goal-setting Process

 

  • 1. What were my biggest successes in 2011?
  • 2. Failures?
  • 3. What did I learn?
  • 4. What do I want to achieve by the end of 2012?
  • 5. In order to achieve these goals, where do I need to be by March 2012? June? September?
  • 6. How will I get there?
  • 7. What information, resources and support do I need?

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