Happy 2017!

I was going to continue on my Music Licensing series this week, but I came upon this post I wrote up two years ago and thought it might be helpful for those few trying to sort out this year’s hopes, dreams and goals.

Are you having a hard time setting goals and/or feeling motivated to jot them down? Are you sick of just making checklists? Well maybe this can help.

I wrote this post in 2015 and it has turned out to be one of my most read ones to date. So I thought I’d share it again in the hopes it can inspire someone.

Cheers and hope you enjoy.

On Setting Goals: I’m a Human BE-ing, Not a Human DO-ing

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I went about reviewing my year to see how I did, and setting up new and/or adjusted goals for the one to come.

I grabbed my cup of joe and started. I crank-started with the rote S.M.A.R.T. guidelines.

Blah, blah, blah. Things that I should DO. Start this. Finish that. Numbers and figures. Ughhh. Yawn. 3 cups of coffee down.

I felt like I was somehow missing the mark. So, I began to ask myself – what is the damn mark? And how should I be looking at going into the New Year?

I needed a little kick-start in the inspiration department, so I began to read other people’s thoughts on how they were going to set goals for the New Year. I tuned in to the words of people who I respect the most; leaders of industry to leaders of thought. Most of them weren’t talking about their “to do” lists. Most of them were looking at it from the question “HOW DO I WANT TO FEEL?” or “HOW DO I WANT TO BE?”

Light bulb on. I’m a human BE-ing not a human DO-ing.

Okay. Re-adjustment needed on approach. So, I snagged one from a respected thought leader. I decided to choose a word to ruminate on for the next six months. A word that, for whatever reason, really resonates with me… a touchstone within.

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Wow. There were so many words I could choose from. Mighty words like creativity, freedom, mastery, adventure… All good… but the word I chose for me gurgled up like North Dakota oil. ALLOW.

Everything I want to feel to take over. For me it’s a pervasion of peace, serenity , connection, love, creativity.

The undesirable stuff I hold onto to be released.

Room for new ideas, inspiration, ways of doing.

Time to breathe.


Prayer, meditation and gratitude.

I’m liking this ruminating on a word thing. Feels better already. Thanks, thought leaders.
Because we’re human BE-ings not human DO-ings.

So my lovely readers, what’s YOUR word for the next year?

Please share in the “DISQUS” section below.

I’ll be back soon with the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Music Licensing: Creative!


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