Today is the perfect day to set your musical goals for 2010.  It’s important to think about everything you can get accomplished over the next year as you improve your playing, technique, and musicianship.

It’s also important that you make real goals, not just New Year’s resolutions.  As we all know, resolutions (like rules) are made to be broken!  The problem with resolutions is that they’re a lot like dreams–we look into the future at what might be without actually creating a plan to make the dream come true.

Instead, ask yourself these two simple questions:

1.  Where would you like to be musically one year from now?

2.  What will it take to get you there?

To guide you in answering these two questions, I recommend using the SMART Goals system.  If your answers are specific, measurable, attainable, risky, and timed, then you are much more likely to attain your goals.

Unlike resolutions, goals can be met.  They are part of an honest assessment about what you are willing to do to achieve your dreams.

I wish you a very Happy New Year and every success!

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