I did a lot of thinking about goals this weekend.

I finished up listening to another round of Zig Ziglar seminars, and I bought a little goal-setting booklet that he and Seth Godin created.

The idea was to simply list out all the things I want to be, do, or have, then narrow them down to the top four. Those four items are now my four goals for the next 12 weeks.

(I know I previously wrote about having just one goal, but four seems to make more sense to me.)

I’ll be tracking their progress in the little booklet every weekday.

One of my goals is this:

Write 50 songs.

In 12 weeks.

I’ve scheduled a one-hour writing block every weekday for the next 12 weeks. That’s 60 one-hour sessions to pump out 50 songs.

Why 50?

Isn’t that a bit ridiculous?

Why yes, yes it is.

Here’s why.

In the past, for any album I’ve done, I would write 6-10 new songs and then record them. Easy. Simple.

And while I don’t think those songs are necessarily BAD, I think I can do better. I think there are greater songs inside me, but they need to be worked out.

Additionally, I’m fascinated by the 80/20 principle. You can twist it to apply to lots of different things. I decided that if I want 10 GREAT songs for my next album, I need to write at least 50 new songs. (20 percent of 50 is 10.) Theoretically I’ll have 10 exceptional songs after writing a full 50 songs total.

The greater reality here is simply what I’ve been telling you all along:

The single greatest way to get better at my craft (in this case, songwriting), is to FINISH.

Finish, finish, finish.

That means I take off the pressure to make my next 10 songs my best 10 songs.

I just have to write, every day.

There’s a good chance the first 25 songs will be rubbish, but that’s okay. The more I finish, the better I get. And even if I’m not happy with any of the 50 songs by the end of this, I will have given my songwriting muscle a fantastic workout, priming it to produce better and better songs.

So the next step (other than writing a boatload of songs) is to tell YOU about it. That makes it real, knowing that thousands of people will know my goal.

I’ll keep you posted. Perhaps I’ll fail miserably, but that’s okay. I’ll still write more songs than I would have otherwise.

Wish me luck!

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

P.S. This whole repetition idea is at the core of why we run Dueling Mixes. It gives you a place to consistently hone your mixing skills, one song, one month at a time.

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