“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
At this time of the year it’s pretty much expected that we would be thinking about how we can be more creative in the New Year. We can easily lament the time not spent on our creative output. I know I do!
But despite these lamentations, every New Year gives us the opportunity to start afresh. A clean slate.
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie
Goal setting is not that interesting to most of us. In fact, it’s boring and sometimes even useless. But usually that’s because we set too many goals or parameters.
Just One Big Goal
This year, how about one big goal? How about that ONE thing that you want to get going this year? That ONE thing you’ve been waiting to do, but life finds a way to stop you from doing.
Maybe it’s a recording of your music, maybe it’s finishing that book, maybe it’s some other creative passion. I know from experience that those things will only get started and done if you move them to the front and center of your life.
Whatever it is, there’s been something holding you back. This year make it your big goal to find a way through the roadblocks, which are usually two or three big ones.
“I think money is a wonderful thing because it enables you to do things. It enables you to invest in ideas that don’t have a short-term payback.” – Steve Jobs
To do larger projects, especially if you are creating a film or a recording project, there is most likely a cost that is beyond your reach. This can be a huge stumbling block. There’s seldom that kind of free money sitting around and, with so many people wanting to do these kinds of things, it’s hard to find companies to foot the bill. So what to do?
Well, like any business, it takes capital to start. And yes, I am calling becoming a recording artist, movie director, or any other fulltime artistic career a small business.
So where does any capital come from? Well, we either raise it, finance it, or save up for it. You see people all the time raising money on Kickstarter or some other funding site. Businesses start with small business loans all the time, providing they have a strong business plan or a partner who believes in them. And yes, dear reader, there is always just working more or longer and saving it up.
When I did a poll last year (which I will repeat again below), the two main answers to what holds you back from your creative dreams were Money and Time.
Most of us could afford to do the thing we most want to do, but we don’t prioritize our time correctly in order to achieve it. We watch TV, or say yes to too many things other than the one thing we want to do most in the world. Often we’re so busy making sure we are doing everything everyone wants, we forget to make sure we do the thing we know we should be doing.
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”– Stephen Covey
Many people we work with in music come to Nashville because they are completely isolated where they are. Even if there is someone to work with, their choices in studio, gear, engineer, musicians, and then marketing are very limited.
Maybe it’s time for you to look beyond your little corner of the world. No matter how much you may love your local team, you may actually be stunting your and their growth by just doing the same thing over and over where you are.
“Location is all about the efficiency of work for me.” – Michelle Grabner
Sometimes just going where the top pros are in your specific genre or profession can be a huge difference on getting to the next plateau in your art.
So this year, make it your goal to finally get to the dream. Break through the things that have been blocking you, and get to the life God has had for you all along.
Have a great year!!
Eric Copeland is president of Creative Soul Records and helps creative artists every single day get on track, make the project of their dreams, and get it out to the world. We’re looking for NEW ARTISTS to bring through our unique program for 2016! If you’d like more information, go to CreativeSoulRecords.com
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