New Year’s Resolutions. They’re created with the best of intentions. To do better. To be better. They hang over our heads, guilt us into temporary action, and, for 92% of Americans, they’re usually a distant memory by Valentine’s Day. These resolutions tend to be vague “goals”, or things we want, with no real measurable result. These are resolutions like like “lose weight”, “fall in love” or “be a better friend”, and they can get in the way of the one thing that can bring us what we want: commitment.
I led a music business workshop once where I asked everyone what their biggest goal was. The answers looked like this: “to make a lot of money touring”, “to have a million fans”, “to have a #1 hit” and, my personal old favorite goal “to win a Grammy.” Yet when I asked them why, as in, what’s the goal behind the goal, we ended up hitting on the real commitment — and those commitments were much more inspiring than the original goal. These sounded like “I want to make a living through creating music so I can support my future children”, “I would like to connect with many different cultures of the world by touring” and “I’d like to be a well-known artist so I can put on huge concerts to benefit finding a cure for cancer.” Um, sign me up! Being committed, or dedicated to a cure for cancer, or your family, or diversity, is a bigger cause that will motivate you when the goal gets old, and your actions lists run out.
When you have a commitment, it gives you the big “why” behind your actions, and it doesn’t matter about the “how.” It’s the difference between “I want to have 50,000 new fans this year” and “I’m committed to creating amazing new music and sharing it with my fans this year.” It opens the doors to many achievements rather than one brass ring goal.
Now don’t think you have to have a Mother Teresa agenda to be committed to something. In Bryce Longton’s awesome blog, she states that her goal is to “do the daily grind” because if you do, everything that you want to shift will change anyway simply by relishing the moments, the details, and doing the work.
I am committed to my career, which I define as Creating Music And Sharing My Process. Period. There is a lot of room in that commitment for anything to happen–a CMA, a Grammy, a million fans, a book deal, a record deal, ANYTHING.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still focused on results. I constantly take steps to broaden my composing clientele list, widen my fan base, and increase my income. Yet there isn’t the desperation, guilt, and a conversation called “what if I don’t accomplish that ONE BIG GOAL?” lurking around a corner. Just me, my commitment, and all the actions I know to take in being awesome now.
So, this year, my wish for you is to let yourself off the hook, ditch the resolution, and get committed to your life and what you want it to look like right now.
For those of you who love lists: here are four reasons to give up on being a one-goal wonder and get committed to in your life (if you need help with this, check out my E-course where we do just that.
1) You can actually have that life right now.
2) You don’t have to worry about failure
3) There is a ton of space for other awesome accomplishments to show up
4) You will be more inspired, for much longer. It looks like this:
Commitment –> Inspiration –> Motivation –> Action –> Results
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