Are you an aspiring musician who feels like you have what it takes to be successful in today's music business? Do you seem to get sidetracked by life little interruptions? If this sounds familiar then you may have a lack of focus and without a "laser beam" focus, its doubtful you will be successful in the music business or any business for that matter.
Some independent artists tend to want to handle all of the details of starting their business themselves. While this is admirable, its not very smart as a long term business strategy.
Here are 3 ways aspiring music artists can stay focused on their goals.
1. Write Your Goals Down
The most successful people in the world have written goals. Written goals take your dreams a big step closer to reality. Getting S.M.A.R.T. goals written down on paper can help you create a laser beam focus to become successful in your music career. S.M.A.R.T. goals are (S)pecific, (M)easureable, (A)ction-oriented, (R)ealistic, and (T)imely.
Write your goals down exactly as you desire them to happen and set a realistic deadline for making it happen. This will put you ahead of the majority of other artists because most artists do not understand the music business is a business first.
Review your goals daily if possible and work toward making them reality everyday. With written goals, you know where your want to go and what it looks like when you get there. Most of the time the end result is better than what you expected.
2. Do Something Everyday
Writing your goals down is only the first step to realizing your music business dreams. Once you write them down, you must follow up with action. Do something everyday toward reaching the goals you have set. If your goal is to complete 3 songs this week, then you should do what is necessary to get those songs written. Grab your pen and paper, word processor or whatever and get moving toward the goal you have set.
Nothing replaces action and the more you act on making your goals a reality the more successful your career will be.
3. Find a Mentor
There are plenty of examples of successful music artists who have experienced the joy of handling their business correctly and reaping the benefits of good business sense. There are more examples however of what not to do as well. A good mentor can help you figure your way around potential pitfalls that are surely to occur as your career grows.
You do not have to know an artist personally to learn from them as a mentor. Success leaves clues so why not study successful artists? Having a mentor is like having a guide through the mountains and valleys of the music business. Using their experience and knowledge can help put your career on fast forward.
Using these 3 methods will help you move toward your music business goals faster than you ever expected. Sure there are other methods but you will find the most successful artists practice these 3 ways in some form or fashion.
Let's Make It Happen!!!
Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist