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,

Joe Gilder
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.