Last Updated on January 7, 2022 by Klaus Crow
I wish everybody an awesome new year from the bottom of my heart. A new year means a new start with new opportunities, new goals, new challenges, new ways to be creative and new chances to really improve and upgrade your guitar game!
I personally love the beginning of a new year. For me it’s a moment to think about who I want to be, what I want to accomplish and how I want to redesign and improve the quality of my life.
I know, not everybody does new years resolutions, but I see it more as a way to set positive and true intentions for 2021, creating a new start that makes you feel good about yourself, to challenge yourself and to set your dream goals in motion and have something to look forward to. Yes, you can do that anytime of the year, so why not right now?
I always start with writing down my goals. Some goals have been on my list for years, they are continuous goals, but I have certainly achieved some of my new goals as well. I’ve got goals for music, body, mind, work and family. You could also create categories like happiness, fun or whatever you come up with, but for me these are already integrated into the other categories.
I like to have some continuous goals, some end goals, new exciting goals to challenge myself, goals to have fun with it, and goals to feel alive.
Think about the person you would like to be at the end of this year. What would you like to have accomplished? What would make you feel good? What skills would you like to develop, improve and acquire?
Let’s get specific here. What are you guitar goals? Do you want to learn new songs? Expand your chord vocabulary? Improve you licks, soloing and improvisation skills? Learn to write songs? Practice more and really make more time for your practice and schedule it? Don’t let these thoughts just wander in your mind. Write them down on paper.
Research tells people who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve them. So write them down. Believe me, it’s fun, and it will pay off!
Here are some of my goals, intentions and challenges for the year:
Improve my guitar skills (soloing and improvisation, licks and intervals) write songs, record songs, do daily or at least regular vocal exercises, learn and memorize a repertoire of songs, Play and jam with other musicians and friends, and hopefully perform before a live audience again.
Wim Hof Method, run, no snacks or treats in the morning and after 8 p.m, drink 2 liters of water per day, daily stretching/yoga, and sleep at least 7 to 8 hours.
Discipline my mind, read more, meditate, live in awareness throughout the day as much as possible, learn to see the beauty and the joy in everything that I do including chores, tasks, and things I normally don’t like as much, and let go of control.
Wake up early to do work, outsource things to other people that can do them better and faster than me, or to turn it around, do more of what I do best.
Family and friends:
Quality time with my family. Listening and talking with my kids about things they enjoy. Pause and observe my kids when they are being kids. Let them be free to explore their own journey. Spend quality time with my wife. Spend one on one time with each of my kids. Schedule more time with friends.
I hope you accomplish your goals, intentions and challenges in the year 2021. I would be great if you could share some of them in the comments. I’d appreciate that and I’d love to read them.
Have a great year and stay safe!