If you were planning a trip to Africa, how would you get there? You can’t just say, “I’m going to go to Africa.” You actually have to make plans in order to reach your final goal of landing in Africa. Which will include: packing, finding the best route to the nearest airport, buying tickets, figuring out where you would stay, etc. With that being said planning a successful music career takes steps also. In this article we will cover the importance of goals and how we can use them to achieve our ultimate goal.
The first step, and the most important step, is to figure out what your ultimate goal is. Without an endpoint, there is no point to begin. Let’s say, for example, your ultimate goal is to get a record deal with a major label, well you take that goal and move backwards. In order to get a record deal you need to find a major label. To find a major label that will be interested in you, you have to build a buzz. To build a buzz, you need plenty of shows, at least one successful release, and a fan base. So, now you know what you need to work towards.
By setting goals, you are making small steps to achieve a larger goal, which is what you need to do next. Set goals to achieve your ultimate goal. Let’s do another example. Let’s say all you want is to play your music at the next MTV music awards. Once again you should work backwards. You should find out when the awards are, then find out who is in charge of booking, but neither of these should be done until you have a fan base and a solid press kit. You see how knowing your ultimate goal can help you plan to achieve it? The more clearly your ultimate goal, the easier it is for you to make steps to achieve it. This can be done in any aspect of life, not only in your music career. You can’t travel on roads not knowing where you are going because you will never get anywhere.
Here is something you can do today that can help you achieve something and will also show you how powerful goal setting is. Book a show. Now that you have your ultimate goal, work backwards. Find an appropriate venue for your music. Find out who is in charge of entertainment.
Look through your catalog and find the best songs for the venue. From their contact who is in charge of booking entertainment and get information to where to send your press kit with the songs you have chosen. Simple as that. As long as your contact information is included, you should be hearing from them shortly, and you’ve booked a show. Do this about seven more times and you know what you’ve done? Put together your first tour. You got to love goal setting.