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Think Big (In Little Steps)

December 15, 2010

Setting Goals is not only very important but essential to your success. Your very first goal that everyone needs to achieve is:

  • #1. Set Goals

In fact, just having your goals written down means you are more likely to achieve them. I would highly suggest getting a whiteboard for your rehearsal space or your computer room at home which you can write your goals down on.  If you are more tech savvy there is a great iPhone app called “To-Do” which I use to keep my affairs in check.  Best of all it sinks with Toodledo so you can access your to-do list from any computer with internet access (Especially helpful if you are rough on phones or misplace things. Losing a to-do list is one of the most horrible experiences I have ever gone through. So remember if you use a digital to-do list, BACK IT UP!).  Another program I’d highly recommend is BandCentral which in addition to being an overall great management software offers a TASK tab which syncs with the built-in CALENDAR (which you can also sync with iCal or Google Cal). Additionally you can set email reminders for your assigned tasks and even assign specific tasks to certain band members (or part of your team infrastructure) so that way you don’t forget about them.  Whether you prefer Pen & Paper, Marker & White Board, Cell Phone or Computer, the important thing is to have your goals written down where you will see them.

When it comes to goal setting, I consider myself a realistic optimist or maybe it’s an optimistic realist? Regardless the realist in me says “don’t set large goals” (i.e. national tours with your favorite band, cover of “insert popular still in print” magazine etc….) whereas the optimist says “shoot for the stars!” so I’ve finally come to an inner balance which is I feel is key to achieving goals… THINK BIG (in little steps). Meaning you can set the goals as big as you’d like, as long as you are willing to set a miniature goal for every single little step along the way!  So the goal of a national tour is little more than countless little tasks. I bet if you’re willing to actually take on all of those little tasks that you’d achieve the bigger goal you have in mind!   A key advantage to setting smaller goals is there is a quicker sense of achievement when completing each mini task which is often paramount to keeping one’s motivation, especially for the arduous tasks.  In turn staying motivated will keep you working towards the bigger picture and ultimately the bigger help you to continue working towards your bigger goals.

So what are you waiting for?  Define your goals, and get to work!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2010 7:19 PM

    This is really good advice Josh. From a journalist/blogger standpoint keeping those goals and affairs in order is very important. When bands look for media and make initial contact, but forget to follow up it will sour that media outlet from working with them again. From my limited time in this crazy business I find that many bands can often forget its a business and in any business you have to keep organized and live up to your commitments.

    So my advice would be think as big as you can, but don’t forget to actually “DO” those small steps.


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