Monday, December 20, 2010

Narrowing Your Focus

As the year draws to a close and we prepare to step into a new year of great experiences and renewed focus, it is important that we take time to write down our goals for next year. One of the keys to success in this industry is planning. As you plan, it's best to start by narrowing your focus. We can all get overwhelmed by trying to do too much and by trying to be all things to all people. It's important to know exactly what you really want going into 2011. The first step is to make a list of the top three goals you want to accomplish for the whole year. After listing your goals, make a check list and timeline to keep yourself focused. A timeline will also help you measure your progress. One of the things we suffer from as creative people is being too scattered at times. It can be hard to stay focused on one thing for a long period of time so when end up having a lot of half finished goals and projects. And this will only serve to frustrate us and cloud our judgement and decision making as it relates to the big picture. This why I strongly recommend writing your goals down. It is also important to only have a few things that you know you can effectively achieve. I mean if your goal is getting more airplay or booking more gigs nationally or just increasing your financial bottom line, all you need to do is lay out a plan that will dictate your day to day, week to week and month to month actions to help you get to your goal. Once you've written your goal list, print it out and place it in a place where you can see it everyday as a reminder of your focus. Remember, the future is what we make it so let's make it great by planning and not complaining. 2010 was great and 2011 will be even better. Now go write your goals!

The Truth
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