How to set the right kind of goals

How to set the right kind of goals
17th October 2019 Dave Rose

Let’s talk about goals.


We set goals as a way to motivate us to get stuff done and so that we can use them in order to work out what to do. I decide I want to become a signed music producer, so I work out what needs to be done to get there and off I go!



Goals can be useful tools, but they are often promoted by companies or individuals who use them as a way to sell stuff to you, often at the expense of your well being. “I made it, but only because I did this thing that you are not doing. If you want to make it, you need to do this thing!” or “Look how perfect my [Instagram] lifestyle is, if you try really hard you can be just like me!” 😇


That’s just simply not true. The problem with goals is that they are often fixed and difficult to achieve. They are like an imaginary point on a map and when you start out on your journey, you are so far away from that point that everything you do feels like a huge uphill battle and often with little reward.



Instead of constantly focusing on lofty, fixed goals, try focusing on small, achievable goals and making regular progress instead. Before you start making music, think about the kind of progress you want to make and focus on improving little by little every day.


With this mindset, you can then set more flexible and more achievable goals that are focused on progress instead of outcome. For example, “Spend some time learning music theory every week” or “Make music everyday” might be more helpful than “Get signed” or “Become a successful music producer.” This way, you get to achieve your goals much more often and feel more fulfilled as a result.


When thinking about long term goals, try focusing more on something that is mission-driven rather than fixed and superficial and see it more like an ambition than a fixed goal. For example, “Reach more people with my music everyday” or “Constantly improve the music I create” might be more helpful and motivating than “Become a successful film and TV composer.”



It’s also important to recognise progress and give yourself a pat on the back now and then! If you’re using a big lofty goal like ‘Get signed’ then you’ll be constantly disappointed when you don’t get signed. If you do get signed, you might be happy for a bit, but then it will be time to set a new goal so you can be constantly disappointed again! 😞


Making progress is achievable and you can do it every day. Put your energy into making small improvements instead of achieving your goals. Do this and you’ll feel happier, more fulfilled and chances are you’ll make more progress too. 😀


I should add that it doesn’t even have to be about progress, either. We shouldn’t forget that the process of making music in itself is a thing to enjoy and sometimes forgetting about progress and goals entirely and just playing music for the fun of it can be liberating! Instead of worrying that you’re not finishing a particular track, enjoy not finishing it! 😊


Thanks for reading ❤️