Not to brag, but…
I did it.
I wrote 50 songs in 12 weeks. The deadline was this past Saturday, and I wrote song #50 on Friday.
Here are a few lessons I learned in the process:
* Setting difficult goals WORKS.
* My excitement about the goal quickly faded when I realized how much work/consistency it was going to take.
* Procrastination only makes things more challenging. (I waited until the last two weeks to write 27 songs.)
* Deadlines (when you take them seriously) have a way of pushing you to finish.
* Finished beats perfect. (There are plenty of songs I’m not super-thrilled about, but I had to finish them to move on to the next potentially great one.)
* Contrary to popular opinion, forced creativity WORKS. (I wrote some of the best songs I’ve ever written as a part of this challenge.)
* I’m much more likely to achieve a difficult goal when I tell people about it. (Like telling the thousands of people who read this email newsletter.)
* Creativity begets creativity. (The more I wrote, the more I wanted to write…most of the time.)
* I’m just getting started. (These 50 songs revved my songwriting engine, and I feel like there’s so much left to uncover now.)
There’s plenty more, but those are the ones I wanted to share with you today.
What’s your next big goal?
Mine is to hone these 50 songs down to the best ones for my next album, and start planning a big ol’ tracking session.
To hitting big goals,
Home Studio Corner
P.S. Speaking of all these goals and deadlines, if you need a place to practice hitting a deadline every month, join Dueling Mixes. You’ll have a new song to mix every month, a new deadline to hit, a new goal to achieve.