The Tortoise or the Hare?

By Kerry Oliver, Rock the Dream

Which are you? The Tortoise or the Hare? Many musicians jump out the gate on fire, putting all their time, effort and money into their music career, but soon suffer from the worst case of burn-out. Others never even leave the gate, lamenting excuse after excuse. Then, there are those who start slow and steady, learning the basics, setting their goals, achieving results.

Consistency is the key to success! It establishes habits. The habits form the actions we take every day. This action then leads to SUCCESS! Leadership guru John Maxwell said, “Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.”

Here’s a brain test on whether you are currently consistent. What are you most consistent at (job, school, etc.). Why? No matter what your thoughts, it’s really because you’re putting in a lot of time, effort and money toward it.

Here are some secrets on how to stay consistent:

  1. Be honest! Do you LOVE being an artist, making music? If you don’t absolutely LOVE it, choose another profession, because you won’t stick with it. Specifically, state your goal in becoming a musician: fame, fortune, career, whatever it may be.
  1. Recognize the basics. List everything you need to accomplish in order to become a successful musician from learning to play an instrument, to singing, performing, self-promotion, etc.
  1. Write down your daily, weekly and monthly goals with a due date and look at them first thing every day. CONSISTENCY IS KEY! It can be just one goal or even a partial goal, no matter how small, focus in on completing it.
  1. Find someone to bug you EVERY day, holding you accountable for completing these tasks. It’s too easy to ignore your phone reminders.
  1. Analyze your biggest distractions, list notable obstacles. If they are not more important than your success, eliminate them. As new ones arise, keep eliminating them.
  1. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Compare your evolving self to your old self. This is the true mark of progress.
  1. Whether a solo artists or a band member, no one will help you. You are on your own. Don’t depend on anyone else. The frustration will just slow you down.
  1. Try different things, even to the point of unique ideas. Do covers, collaboration with other artists, posting on a new social site. Where is your target audience? Keep reaching out in different ways to find them.
  1. Enjoy the good parts of your improvement, but always put all your energy toward improving your weaknesses.  
  1. Budget your money. Allocate to the most effective tools of your career and stick to it.
  1. Limit your circle. There are a lot of advice-happy do-not-know-it-alls out there. Keep only trusted sources.
  1. Study success. Why re-invent the wheel? Find successful people. Analyze their success. You will find it all boils down to CONSISTENCY. Do what they do, in your way. Surround yourself with successful people. It does rub off.

Source:  18 Secrets on How To Stay Consistent in Music” by Slick for SFR Beats, March 18, 2019.

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