Remember a big goal that I set for myself several weeks ago?

I wanted to write 50 songs in 12 weeks. That comes out to roughly one song per weekday.

It’s an aggressive goal, but it’s not ridiculous.

Unless, of course, you don’t maintain your daily commitment to writing.

That’s what happened to me.

My 12 week deadline is less than two weeks away. At the end of last week, I had only written 23 songs. In the last week, I’ve written 13 more, bringing my total to 36. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I actually wrote eight songs.

Why am I telling you this?

Because I think it demonstrates the importance of setting big, seemingly impossible goals.

A week ago, when I realized I was so far away from hitting my goal, I had a choice. I could either choose to call it quits and be happy with my 23 songs (which is certainly reasonable), or I could choose to hunker down and try my best to hit this goal.

I went for the second option.

There’s something I should note here first, however.

Even if I fail miserably in achieving my goal, even if I decided to stop at 23 songs, that’s still a win for me. Writing 23 songs in a three month period is still a pretty big deal. That’s one of the side effects of setting really big goals. If you miss the goal by less than 50%, you’ve still done something pretty remarkable.

Instead of doing that, though, I chose to go for it. I needed to write 14 songs this week, and 13 songs next week to get to my goal of 50. The surprising thing I’m learning is that I am getting better at writing songs, even though I’m pumping them out like a song factory some days. It just goes to show that focusing on quantity can also produce quality.

Here’s what I hope you will do.

Pick a big goal. Tell a bunch of people about it, and then get to work.

If you’ve never done anything like this, it is a thrilling experience.

I guarantee you will improve by leaps and bounds, and (contrary to popular opinion) you will have a lot of fun.

If you’d like to learn more about setting big goals, and how to achieve them, check out the video I posted for my VIP members a couple months back. It outlines everything I’m talking about, plus a lot more. You can watch it by becoming a VIP member here:

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

  • ej

    Absurd. I say this respectfully.

    • What’s absurd?

      • nachoga

        Well, if I could give my opinion, if your goal is to enhace your compositions skills, is an interesting exercise. Bravo for the work.

        If your goal (or somebody) is to record all this 50 songs and make and album because all of them will be greeeeaaat songs, probably it’s a bit pretentious and I suppose that’s the absurd.

        But I know Joe looks like a reasonable person and as he explained, this is an exercise to develop his skills.

        There’s an Argentinean songwriter very famous here in Spain. He can compose a lot of songs. In fact he has a 3-CD album with 101 songs. Of course, a looooot of them are bad songs, even bad sounding. I should refer this record as “life from the toilet”, because a lot of tracks sound actually like someone getting bored in toilet.

        But if Lenon/McArtney in their days would have done this challenge, probably we have a lot of extra Beatles god songs (or maybe not: see White Album). :-):-):-):-)

        • Yeah, my goal all along was to write 50 in hopes that I’d get 10 or 12 I really liked for my next album.

  • nachoga

    Hum, and perhaps one of the 50 could be a good song :-D:-D:-D:-D

    Well, what a challenge!!!!

    • 🙂

      • nachoga

        Do you watch “How I meet your mother” sitcom?

        I imagine you as Barney Stinson:

        – Oh c’mon!! Nobody can compose 50 songs in 12 weeks.- Ted Mosby says.

        Barney Stinson opens his eyes with a gesture of decision:

        – Challenge acepted!!!!!!