Keeping Those New Year's Resolutions

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Happy New Year from NoteSpire Music!

It's 2019 now and, like most people, you probably have a few new year's resolutions of your own. As an artist, you may have set new goals to write more often, practice daily, record a new album or two, or even to do a better job of keeping your fans up to date on social media. All good things. The new year is a great time for reevaluating the past, what has worked and what hasn't, and to aim for even greater success in the year to come.

But what happens if you fall behind, miss a day or two, or fail completely in maintaining your newfound resolution? What if you have the greatest of hopes and aspirations, but after a few weeks (or months, if you're lucky) you suddenly find yourself . . . well, not so resolute? Truth is the majority of us experience this and it can be a great source of pain, frustration, and disappointment. For some of us, it's even enough to call it quits for another year.

But don't give up just yet! I want to encourage you in two, simple ways.

1. A new year can start on any day

It’s simple, but it's true! Sure it's convenient to start a resolution on January 1 because our calendar marks it as a new beginning, and there is strength in community as so many others are doing the same thing. But it doesn't matter whether you start on January 1 or July 31. A new year can start from any day. Don't waste an entire year waiting to start anew. Pick up wherever you are and start your new year today.

2. Don't be afraid to revise your goals

As admirable and ideal as your goal may be, your inability to maintain it may be an indication it was too lofty or unrealistic for you, at least at this time. Of course it's important to challenge ourselves if we want to grow, but aiming a little too high can also lead to disillusionment, resentment, and even withdrawal when we don't quite live up to our dreams. Rather than seeing it as a failure, learning to adjust our expectations can actually display great wisdom and insight. As the ancient Chinese philosopher and teacher Confucius said, "When you make a mistake, don't be afraid to correct yourself".

Here's to another year of great music and success!

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The people are listening

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There was a recent article in Rolling Stone magazine that said 68% of Americans listened to Christian or gospel music in the last 30 days.  And that Christian singer Laurent Daigle had an album which recently reached the #3 spot on the Billboard 200. Wow. What does that say to us?  Especially those of us who write, play and sing Christian music?  No, we don’t want to just jump on the bandwagon because it’s popular, or thinking we’re going to get rich.  Although we may be tempted to do so, that would be doing the right thing but for the wrong reason.  So we must first search our motives and ask God for direction.  He knows our hearts, he gave us the music that is within us, and only He knows where, when and how it should be used.  But this information certainly lets us know that people are listening and need to hear the message that is in the music that God gives us to sing and play. 

So what about you?  Are you using the gifts God has given you? If not, why not? Are you thinking you’re not good enough? Thinking you don’t have anything to say, or don’t know how to say it? No one is going to listen?

Your gift is uniquely yours, given to you by your Lord knows exactly how you should use it.  Discouragement and feeling inferior do not come from Him.  There is a world out there that needs to hear the music that God has put in you!

Ever find yourself getting caught in the Comparison Trap?

Ever find yourself getting caught in the Comparison Trap?

I compared myself to others which sometimes led to Pride. But more often there was Envy I felt an aching deep inside. I cried out to my Father to get me out of there! I didn't want to stay down in the Pit Of Compare. He showed me that my worth is not defined by what others do. He said, ‘The gift you have received from me makes you uniquely you. Use the gift I have given you, you've much that you can share. If you use them for my glory, you'll avoid the Pit Of Compare.’

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