Achieve Music Career Goals Faster By Taking The Test
by Tom Hess
If you consider yourself to be pessimistic person, do yourself a favor, - don’t waste your time reading another word of this music career advice.
In my Music Careers Mentoring Program, I ask my students (those I mentor) to take a very special test in one of the first few sessions. It’s an eye-opening experience for everyone who goes through this (I’ll share this valuable test with you in a few moments).
Before my own professional music career began I had been spinning my wheels for years, unaware of why I was not yet a pro, even though my guitar playing and composition skills were already highly developed. There was something missing that had prevented me from getting the big success I was after. The biggest problem was that I wasn’t even aware of what was missing. Years passed and a great mentor came into my life who told me, “Reasons come first, answers come second”. This one statement had a profound impact on me as I began to develop my music career. It became clear what it was I needed to do. Prior to that revelation I was basically clueless about “how” I would ever develop and sustain a great music career in the music industry as a recording artist and internationally touring guitarist. Once I had clarity of purpose, I was able to achieve music career goals much more effectively.
All right, so if you have read this far I’ll assume you are still with me, optimistic and open minded. Please get a piece of paper and something to write with. You will get a lot more out of this music career test, if you can see your answers written on paper.
Achieve Music Career Goals Step #1: Write down your music career goals (for now, let’s stick with purely musical goals).
Achieve Music Career Goals Step #2: Look at your written music career goals and choose one that is most important to you (this is probably one of your long term music career goals).
Achieve Music Career Goals Step #3: Now that you know your most important music career goals, imagine that you now have them. What does this give you that you did not have before? (write it down)
Achieve Music Career Goals Step #4: So now that you have that, what will that give you that you did not have before? Write this down.
Achieve Music Career Goals Step #5: Now that you have this, what will this give you that you did not have before? Write your answer down.
Achieve Music Career Goals Step #6: Ok, so now you have another thing that you did not have before. What will this other thing give you that you did not have before? Whatever that is write it down.
Achieve Music Career Goals Step #7: Continue going through this process of asking yourself, “What will having this give me that I did not have before?” Ask yourself this question as many times as it takes until you have refined your series of answers down to the most fundamental answer – to the point where you can not refine your answers any further.
Achieve Music Career Goals Step #8: When you have that final answer, THIS IS WHAT YOU DESIRE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. THIS IS YOUR TRUE GOAL.
If all of this seems confusing to you, here is an example to illustrate how this works. Let’s say one of your biggest music career goals is to be wealthy. Following the steps above, it may have looked something like this:
- Question: Write down your music career goals or things you want to achieve.
Answer: I want to be wealthy.
- Question: What does this give me that I did not have before?
Answer: It would allow me to stop worrying about having enough money to pay for my expenses.
- Question: So now that I would be able to stop worrying about paying for my expenses, what will that give me that I did not have before?
Answer: It would give me the ability to buy whatever I want and do whatever I want.
- Question: Now that you have the ability to buy and do what I want, what will this give me that I did not have before?
- Question: Ok, so now you have this new freedom, what will you do with it that you are not doing or experiencing now?
Answer: I wouldn’t have to work and could spend more time with the people I care about.
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You can see in this case, what this person desires more than anything else is to spend more quality time with people he/she cares about most. The wealth was simply the vehicle that this person chose to use, but the heart of the matter is time, not money. And the real music career obstacle isn’t a lack of money or time, it was a perceived lack of freedom to spend more time with people without making big sacrifices to do so.
There are many other possibilities that may be more valid reasons for why this person will not achieve music career goals that are significant.
If you want to achieve music career goals such as making money by pursuing a career in music, go through the same list of questions again and really dig down deep to find out what it REALLY is that you want. You should discover that your ultimate final answers are deep human emotional needs, not external material things. Getting these needs met may have nothing to do with music and in fact you might be able to get your real needs met by doing something else outside of being able to achieve music career goals.
Now look back at your original answers when you took the test and consider your present situation. Consider these four things.
- Is what you really want different than what you first stated your original music career goals were? Notice how different it is. Can you see that being able to achieve music career goals was probably a “vehicle” and not real music career goals.
- Consider that what might have seemed like your primary obstacle might not really be your real obstacle.
- Notice that your old strategy may be ineffective in getting what you really want because it was focused on a vehicle only and not the deeper goal.
- Are you on the right path?
Take the time: I cannot overemphasize the point enough to really dig deep, so take your time and don’t rush through this music career test, because doing so may literally save you a lifetime of regret. In the corporate world, it’s common to hear stories of highly successful business men and women, who sacrifice many things in life to climb the corporate ladder. After many years, they reach the top and finally are able to see the view of things with a broader perspective of their music career efforts and all that they have worked so hard for. The tragedy for some is that the ladder they climbed was leaning against the wrong wall and it is only in the end of their music career that they finally realize it with great regret.
That is part of the reason why I have my students go through this music career test. It is designed to allow some people to discover for themselves that maybe building a music career is not really what they need or want in life. It is such an eye opening experience for them since 5 minutes before going through this process, they thought they were sure they wanted a music career. So obviously those people should not go any further in the pursuit of a music career and instead should change paths toward what really matters in their life. It would be a shame to climb the wrong ladder.
...However, for those that do discover that a music career really is for them, new possibilities, opportunities and powers are born and strengthened from their own clarity of purpose and certainty of destiny. Because of this, their chances of success go up 10,000%!
Go beyond being able to achieve music career goals: Putting music aside for a few moments, I have one final request. Consider ALL aspects of your life: your relationships with your family, friends, teachers (if you are a student), your employer (if you work), music career goals, personal goals, your creator (if you are spiritual or religious) etc.
Go through the entire series of questions I gave you in the music career refinement test above. Notice that in some areas you might already be on the right music career path to personal fulfillment, happiness and success. With other things you may find yourself on the wrong path. It’s a whole lot easier to get what you really want when you have total clarity about what that really is based on the “reasons” of why you want it. It’s extremely difficult to hit a target you can’t see.
I wish you the best as you achieve music career goals and move forward in this industry.......really.
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