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
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