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Balance Big Dreams with Realistic Goals as a Musician-Part One

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

Musicians, by definition, are dreamers. Where else would we get the idea that we could write a song and share it with the whole world or perform onstage and have thousands of people sing along? While most musicians understand that their dreams don’t always come true, many also struggle to understand the difference between dreaming and goal setting. Without dreams, we might not have the courage or the drive to do what we do every day, but without realistic goals, it’s impossible to know if we’re on the right track. So how do you tell the difference between dreams and goals? Actually, dreams and goals may not be as different as you think they are – it all depends on how you see them.

Dreams versus goals

While dreams and goals are both things we want to achieve, most people think of a goal as a realistic vision with a clear path to success, and a dream as an idealistic vision that may never be achieved. You may dream of winning a Grammy or playing to a sold-out crowd at Accra Sport stadium or Kumasi Sports stadium or even Madison Square Garden, but these aren’t things most people would consider as goals. Instead, a goal might be something like “sell 20 percent more merchandise at the next five gigs” or “gain 100 more Facebook followers in the next month.”

Just because dreams may seem unattainable, however, that doesn’t mean you should abandon them altogether. Is the prospect of making a few extra bucks at the merchandise booth the thing that’s driving you to put your heart and soul into every gig you play? Are Facebook fans the reason you spend so much time perfecting every song you work on?

Dreams are what drive you and motivate you to keep going, even when you feel defeated – and that’s why dreams are so important to hang onto.

Dreaming big also helps with goal setting. In our busy world full of distractions and peer pressure, it can be easy to forget why you decided to pursue your passion in the first place. Your dreams – even your most unrealistic ones – can act as an anchor for your goals; they help you set goals that are focused on achieving what you want instead of what other people want for you, or what you think you should want. In short, dreams are the “why,” and goals are the “how” on your journey to success.

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