1. Build a dream, write it down, and look at it each day. Without a well-defined dream, vision quest, goal or whatever you want to call it you may well find that you lose focus and direction and end up squandering much of your time. Try to write your goals down using SMART criteria 2. Do something each day that brings you a little bit closer to achieving your dream. As a musician this could be as simple as practicing, adding a new musical friend on Facebook, or going to watch a gig. It was said that "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". Heed that and steadily work towards the realization of your dream. 3. Display unwavering commitment to your dream. Do not let life get in the way of living. Too often we give up on something because so many hurdles seem to pop up, and jumping them consumes your time and energy to the point where you feel that you just can't jump them anymore. The thing is, maybe the finish line is just over the next hurdle... 4. Surround yourself with things related to your dream. Hang out with people that are heading in the same direction that you are, or with people that are already doing what you want to do. Put pictures of musicians up in your room or under the bridge where you may be living. Never put your instrument back in its case... 5. Ask for help to achieve your dream. No one in the history of the world has achieved their dream alone. We all need help at various stages of our odyssey. Do not be too proud or naive to think that you can solo it all the way, because you can't. Kia kaha, Kia maia, Kia manawanui! (Be strong, Be peaceful, Be resolute!) Written by Joshua Rogers


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