Jul 11, 2017
The dictionary defines goals as: “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.” Goals are a target we aim at. Goals can be wonderful. They give direction to focus attention and motivation in times of resistance. They can be a way of measuring our progress. With guidance, setting goals is an extremely powerful and effective method to improve a student’s skills and knowledge.
If goals are set properly, we know specifically what needs to happen before we say “success.”
By asking if the goal meets the S.M.A.R.T. standard, we know we are on the right track.
Even Santa uses this S.M.A.R.T. standard! When I was a young child, I would always know exactly what I wanted for Christmas. One year, it was a toy Winnebago camper with the Mom and Dad dolls. It was very specific! It was measurable, attainable, realistic (maybe) and had a definite deadline. Of course, I needed to tell Santa how much I wanted it!
Why do you want to achieve this goal? The reason we choose to take action is often not examined. By linking into our core beliefs, values and motivations, we can supercharge our desire and action.
I highly recommend you take some time to do the exercise in this worksheet. By knowing your why, you can recharge yourself when the going gets tough.
In the first module of my training for music teachers, the Musicolor Method, I ask: “Why are you a music teacher?” By taking the time to reflect deeply on this, we can tie into some very deep motivations.
And to really get beyond the surface level of that question, you can continue with subsequent questions:
1 — “And why else?”
2 — “How?”
3 — “And what more?”
I teach music because I have a great love of music.
I want to share my passion and skills with the world.
My life was transformed by music. With music I gained access to a social group who shared similar passions. I found an identity.
Through my musicianship, I was no longer seen as an outsider, but one of them. Along the way, I developed the vital skills of focus, problem-solving, how to learn, and perseverance.
I want to teach music to practice other life skills. It’s a vehicle to mastery of life, no matter what profession or field of endeavor.
We are all vibrating beings. From the smallest nano-particles to the largest galaxies, there is motion, vibration, frequency. You can say we are all made of music. By learning to listen, harmonize, we become better humans.
That’s why I teach music.
By knowing your why, you tap the inner core and find original passion from when you started your business. When you articulate specifically and clearly without holding back, you reveal the truth behind all action. This truth is your inner core. Your strength. It’s what make you “you” and not Picasso, Beethoven, Bird or Kafka.
Goals are great, but whys are so much more powerful. Celebrate your true mission and revisit your why daily. Carpe diem and bon chance!
Andrew Ingkavet is a music teacher with a thriving school in Brooklyn, NYC. He is the CEO/ Founder of the Musicolor Method®, an online curriculum/training for early childhood music education and author of “The Game of Practice: with 53 Tips to Make Practice Fun.” Andrew is passionate about the importance of music education to develop life skills in children.