It's been a while since my last blog post but in that time I've made lots of progress on my goals. My personal SMART goal was to stop saying "I can't." I've made a great deal of progress on this goal and I'm very happy with where I am now. Before I made the goal I would say this to nearly everything that was asked of me but now, I have made a genuine effort to not say it at all. I said that I'd re-evaluate sometime in the future and now I don't think I have to do so. I am down way less than one per day and I think that its unrealistic to say that I'll stop altogether but I think that I'm definitely where I'd like to be. The academy-based goal is going as expected right now. I've spent lots of time working and writing and I've found that more phrases are coming to mind more often. When I try to sleep I tend to think of things that are bizarre. On occasion it will be small phrases or fragments of things that I find lyrical or poetic. I then proceed to write them down on any little pieces of paper that I have on hand and later try to formulate small poems or lyrics from the fragments. As of right now I have 4 full sheets drafted out. They're not complete but they're each their own outline of a song.
The goal I have for academy is to get 5 songs written and roughly drafted by January 31st. This goal is specific because it states what I want to have happen by January 31st. It is measurable because I will put in at least one hour on Fridays to write. I believe that I can do it by the end of the semester because I will have 16 weeks to write 5 songs at that in my opinion is plenty of time. This is also quite relevant to academy because our songs will need lyrics and our goal by the end of the year is to have an LP finished and I think that five songs halfway through is adequate. I hope to be done this goal by January 31st.
My personal goal is to stop saying "I can't." I think this isn't the most difficult goal but it seems like I put up 'verbal walls' more than people would want me to. For the first couple of weeks I'd like to limit myself from saying "I can't" to twice a day at most. Until the end of November I'd like to have this in place. When that hits I'll re-evaluate and see where I'd like like to go from there. If I need more limitations then I'll put them in place. By January 31st I'll have the "I can'ts" down to once a day or less. I think this is attainable but difficult for me personally because I tend to be quite negative. This goal is probably the most relevant goal I've ever had because other people think I need to change the way I talk and think. I tend to be a very black and white thinker so this goal might open up some grey in the way I think and give me a new perspective. This goal is also time based because I'm going to pace myself over the next couple of months.