Achieving Goals Archive

I’m a big advocate of efficient practicing for all musicians.  If you want to learn a musical instrument, it’s best to practice slowly, work on muscle memory, break your music into small sections, and stay intensely focused while you’re practicing. Unfortunately, quality of practice alone won’t make you a master musician.  You need quantity too.  When all […]

Many musicians give themselves rewards for meeting and achieving goals.  Getting a reward is a wonderful incentive for achieving your goals. What do you do if you DON’T meet your goal?  Is there any consequence?  Without a consequence, many musicians don’t have enough of an incentive to truly do what it takes to achieve their […]

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 […]

  In a recent post, I wrote about the SMART Goals system and how musicians can use this system to achieve their musical goals. One of the five points in this system is to have Attainable Goals.  When your goals are clearly achievable, forward momentum rushes into your life, pushing you to achieve more and more.  […]

In a fascinating article on why New Year’s resolutions usually fail, authors Dan and Chip Heath give pointers on how to turn resolutions into goals. What’s the difference between the two?  Goals get met.  Resolutions don’t. As a practicing musician, you have the power to meet your goals–if you take the right steps to make the […]

In a recent post aimed at helping musicians achieve goals and learn how to practice more effectively, I wrote about the SMART Goal system. Today’s post focuses on the “T” in SMART. T is for Time. A goal without a time limit is just a dream.  You may have a desire to achieve something musically.  […]

In a recent post aimed at helping musicians achieve goals and learn how to practice more effectively, I wrote about the SMART Goal system. Today’s post focuses on the “R” in SMART. R = Risky According to the SMART Goal system, you need to have an element of risk built into your plans.  Without risk, […]

In a recent post aimed at helping musicians achieve goals and learn how to practice more effectively, I wrote about the SMART Goal system. Today’s post focuses on the “A” in SMART. A = Attainable. When goals are put in place, they must be attainable and realistic.  That doesn’t mean that a goal should be […]

How to Use Measurable Goals

In a recent post aimed at helping musicians achieve goals and learn how to practice more effectively, I wrote about the SMART Goal system. Today’s post focuses on the “M” in SMART. M stands for Measurable. There needs to be some aspect of your musical goal that can be measured easily.  Without this measurement in […]

Creating Specific Goals

In a recent post aimed at helping musicians achieve goals and learn how to practice more effectively, I wrote about the SMART Goal system. Today’s post focuses on the “S” in SMART. S stands for Specific. This is the most clear cut of the five properties of the SMART Goals system.  Essentially, each musical goal […]