It’s important to define clear goals that will shape your success and chart your potential as a singer, singer-songwriter, singing musician, and other related roles. Your greatest desire might be to become a rock star, a pop icon, or a first-class session singer.
Your primary goal might be to sing the songs you write with more confidence. There are those whose main objective is to perform at a wedding or sing lullabies to their kids. The goal could be to become a more versatile, powerful praise and worship leader in church.
In order to gain some degree of satisfaction and accomplishment, you need a clearly defined sense of direction so that the steps you need to follow can be determined. Those steps lead you closer to the goal or goals you’ve set for yourself.
In order to not lose focus, you need to streamline your goals so that you don’t end up going in too many directions at one time. A scattered or skewed focus leads to frustration, disappointment, discouragement; and, if not corrected, it will ultimately lead to failure.
Deep Well Wishes + Wild Dreams
Start off by letting your imagination run wild. Write out every single thing you would like to accomplish with your music/singing career. Give yourself permission to be invincible, unstoppable, and to believe that absolutely everything you crave and dream of is available.
Now that you have your list, it’s time to start defining and further refining your goals. This will give you a workable list to then arrange in terms of highest to lowest priority. The following questions will help you determine what goals will make it to your list of priorities.
Apply the following questions to each of your “dream goals” on the list you’ve just created: Do you have the skills and discipline needed to reach this goal? How long will it take to achieve this, if applicable? Is this my heart’s desire or is it influenced by dreams (realized or shattered) of loved ones, friends, peers, or a current popular trend? What challenges must I work through to reach this goal?
Also ask in your assessment: What are the first steps (or next steps) I need to take to set this in motion – now? As I pursue this goal, will I be able to maintain healthy relationships with family, friends, and loved ones? Will it require relocation or lots of travel? To reach this goal, what coaching or teaching support should I secure, and where? What technical training is required with this goal? What additional training and contacts are needed to improve my business sense as it relates to this goal?
Take A Day Off
After you write out your responses to your goal by goal assessment, put it aside, and give it at least a full day before you take another look. The goals that stand firmly and prompt a clear sense of urgency and lasting impact are the goals to hang onto for the next step. Before you move on to setting priorities, you want your list to be something that feels right in your gut, spirit, and heart.
You want those strokes from the heart to paint a picture that is challenging, exciting, energizing, and begins to prompt a sense of attainable steps toward reaching and maintaining your singing success, however that is defined for you. So, give your list a rest.
So now, you have your list of goals that are true to your heart and specific to your dream/career. Before you prioritize, take time to state why each goal matters most right now. You want your reason to be no longer than a simple – not compound – sentence. Any of the goals that can’t be condensed into a simple, straightforward sentence must be set aside.
Now, take a look at the goals that are still standing. Ask the following questions for each. If any of the answers is a “no” or “I don’t know” or “maybe,” for a goal, you must strike that goal from your list. These questions give you a chance to reexamine the goal’s personal authenticity, integrity, and attainability.
These simple questions to ask are: Am I able to make a commitment to work on this goal until completion? Will this goal take me closer to what I want to achieve in the long run for my career? Is this a noble goal that promotes fairness and a desire for the greater good? When I close my eyes, is it a goal I clearly see myself achieving? Do I truly believe this goal is mine alone? Will achieving this goal still provide a sense of accomplishment during times of struggle and disappointment?
Strike The No’s – Spare The Yes’s
Once again, if there is a “no” response to any of these questions for any one of the goals, scratch that goal off of your list. The remaining goals will then be further assessed by asking the following questions that reflect common needs and wants that will help you survive and thrive as you arrive. It will give you a better sense of the emotional impact of the remaining goals on achieving your singing success.
Fulfilling The Wants + Needs
These questions are: Will this goal help me to find more friends or circles of connection? Will it strengthen my faith? Will it bring me peace about my place in the world? Will it encourage optimism and make me more hopeful? Will it increase my quality of life in terms of health?
Other questions to ask are: Will I feel happier and more upbeat as a result of reaching this goal? Will I be more understanding, caring, and compassionate? Will it boost my finances? Will it help to ground me in a secure sense of purpose? Will it strengthen family ties and friendships?
Share With Others
This process can be engaged in a group, but you don’t want to influence anyone or be swayed by someone as you create your initial free-form dream list of goals.
Now that you have a better sense of key goals and their potential reward, it’s time to make your list of goals with steps to pursue. Hang on to that list, and stay tuned to next week’s posting for making your goals realistic and charting a measurable strategy for reaching them!