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!
Click HERE for the vlog version of this post.