Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I don’t.

I set goals.

You may ask What’s the difference, dummy; they’re the same thing. Well, maybe. But I think there’s a difference.

In my mind a New Year’s resolution is what makes the YMCA super-packed for the first few weeks in January…then back to normal. It seems to represent good intentions, and that’s it.

New Years Resolution: I’m gonna lose weight this year.

Goal: I’m going to commit to doing X workout routine at least 3 times per week in order to lose 30 pounds this year, or 2.5 pounds per month.

Call it semantics if you will, but I’d rather have goals than resolutions. A goal isn’t a goal unless it contains an action plan. If your goal is to lose 30 pounds, that’s not a 1-step process. You don’t do just one thing and then BAM you’ve lost 30 pounds. It requires a lot of work, lots of repetition, and a step-by-step plan.

Also, a goal isn’t a goal unless it has a deadline. Someone much smarter than me wrote that in a book or article I read once. It’s absolutely true.

I wrote about this one year ago, and this article is almost identical. (It’s kinda funny, actually, how similar they are.) Why write about it twice? Because you and I both need a kick in the pants regularly to remind us to set goals.

So…here’s the big question:

What are your studio goals for 2011?

Is it simply to get better at using EQ and compression? That’s great, but it’s not a goal. Maybe you can commit to spending 1 hour every two weeks simply practicing EQ and compression. That’s reasonable right? And it’s an actual goal.

Maybe you want to finish an album? Get paid to record someone for the first time? Gain 20 new clients? Whatever the goal is, tell us about it by leaving a comment below. Tell us what your goal is and how you’re going to achieve it.

Goals are much more effective if someone else knows about it. There’s something about announcing goals publicly that makes them more real.

Alright, let’s hear it. How are you gonna rock out in 2011? Answer below.

[Photo by Bob Jagendorf]