Defining Your GoalsWritten by Scott Hansgen
Have you ever written down your musical goals? It's really a great idea. Actually, I think it is a MUST. Without goals, we have no destination. Without a destination how can you figure out what you need to do to get there? You simply can't. The problem is, those of us that do have goals in mind usually have undefined ideas rather than true, specific goals.
Your goals should be very specific such as, "I want to sell 5,000 cd's in next 12 months" rather than, "I want to sell a lot of cd's". The former gives you an absolute bullseye to shoot for where latter is more of a shot in dark.
Another problem with goals is they are unrealistic. We set bar so high and timeline so short that we can't possibly meet it and then get disappointed in ourselves because we feel we failed. It's difficult to keep our thought process positive if we fail to meet our own expectations. Instead, set goals that are reachable within in a realistic time frame. Something like, "I want to increase my web site unique visitors by 25 this month". That is very realistic and reachable.
10 Tips For Advancing Your CareerWritten by Bonnie Lowe
You don't want to stay in your current position forever... you want to move up! Here are 10 ways to boost your chances of getting that nice promotion: 1. Do MORE than is expected of you. Never say "That's not part of my job." Volunteer for special assignments.
2. Take INITIATIVE and do what needs to be done, before being asked.
3. LEARN skills you'll need to advance. Take advantage of on-the-job training, but don't rely exclusively on that. Consider taking (and paying for) skill-enhancing courses on your own.
4. Be LOYAL to your boss, your team, and your company. (Yes, you can be loyal without being a "brown-noser.")
5. Be PATIENT and don't expect to be promoted without demonstrating your abilities over time.