Goal Setting vs. New Year's Resolution

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Hello One Minute Music Lesson community,

A new year often triggers a shift in our mind to re-evaluate our life and the current path that we are on. Often this is done in the form of making new year's resolutions.

I make a new year's resolution most years, but often fail at them because I don't assign goals that are specific enough to achieve the resolution. This year I want to change that.

I want to get more specific about the goals I set for the One Minute Music Lesson and other areas of my life.

Before I dive into the goals for this website I want to share something personal with you. Lately I have experienced some changes in my health. Recently I found out, after having a lot of pain, that I have a problem with a disc in my back. Currently I am feeling a lot better but it has been a real struggle for the last month.

My new diagnosis has made me realize that I must do something to help with my recovery. One of those things is to lose a few pounds. If you have ever struggled with weight loss you know how hard that can be, especially when you cannot exercise the way you need to.

I am going to achieve my weight loss goal by tracking my daily calorie intake with a fitness tool called MyFitnessPal.

MyFitnessPal is a very successful fitness website that offers a free app to help people gain control of there fitness by using several key elements from the psychology of goal setting.

By combining the ability to track personal goals and progress daily, as well as provide support from a large community of like minded people in similar situations, MyFitnessPal helps people to set and achieve laser-like specific goals.

My goal for the One Minute Music Lesson this year is to provide a very similar proposition as MyFitnessPal but for musicians. I plan to begin teaching some courses via online webinars to connect with you personally and provide you with more concrete goals and the best tools to achieve them through measurable assignments.

5 Psychological Triggers for Goal Setting

Before I tell you about the first upcoming webinar let's dive a little deeper into some of the ways to use psychological triggers to set better goals and reach them more successfully.

To achieve a goal you will need 5 key ingredients to set your self up for success: Inspiration, Daily Tracking, Progress Reporting, Emotional Support and Community Engagement.

1. Inspiration is necessary for the initial spark that makes you want to set a goal. My back injury was the inspiration that lead me to take action to lose weight.

2. By using the MyFitnessPal app on my phone I am able to easily track my calories and exercise daily. This daily tracking helps me to be more accountable to myself and to break the larger goal into small manageable pieces. Also by using the daily tracking method I can easily project into the future what my weight will be based on the data I currently.

3. Progress reports can provide a similar effect as daily tracking. By checking my weight once a week I can gauge how effectively I am reaching my goal. This steady progress feels good both physically and mentally. In the MyFitnessPal app you are given a progress bar that moves every time you check-in with your current weight.

4. Emotional support is one of the most important ingredients for success because without it you can easily revert back to old habits that keep you from reaching your goal. I am blessed to have a wonderful wife who supports me in my life and health goals and that has empowered me to do things that I never thought were possible.

5. Community engagement is similar to emotional support, but has the unique difference of placing your into context with your peers. By being an active participate in a community of like-minded people you can compare your own success to others and learn how others got over the hurdles that your currently face. The MyFitnessPal community is one of the best online and really is the "magic" that has helped thousands of people lose weight and regain their health with this tool.

Using These Psychological Triggers to Become a Better Musician

In my next free webinar I am going to be using all 5 of these triggers to help you get better at reading music. I will be announcing this webinar through my email newsletter, so if you haven't already signed up, click here to subscribe to the free newsletter.

During this webinar I will be introducing a new interactive software tool that I will be using throughout this year that is designed especially to improve sight reading skills for pianists but can also be used by guitarists, bassists and drummers.

Take A Daily Action Right Now

I am a strong believer in the power of the motivational sign. I have written about it before in this post. So, before the first webinar I want you to download this motivational quote from C.S. Lewis as a PDF file and print it out. Hang it somewhere you will see it everyday. Click here to download the file.

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That's it for this post and stay tuned for more info on the upcoming webinar. Thanks for following the One Minute Music Lesson,

Until Next Time ... Practice Smart, Not Hard.


  Leon Harrell (about)

OneMinuteMusicLesson.com is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of music to beginning musicians who want to grow their talents as quickly as possible with effective lessons and time management tips for practicing.

Leon's goal is to teach you musicianship skills by using highly targeted concept lessons that build progressively to teach you music theory, ear training and composition.