Goal setting is integral to growth as a beatboxer.
What sets Reeps One and Berywam apart from the rest? They’ve made huge commitments to a goal worth fighting for: advancing the art form and committing to it 100% - jumping in, head-on, and dedicating your life to the art form without looking back.
If you beatbox just for fun, this article is not for you. This is for the serious guys and girls who want to make a name for themselves.
Having a dream, setting goals, and finding ways to get to that dream is an effective strategy for you to stay on track with whatever you want to achieve as an artist.
So grab a pen and notebook and take some time to reflect and write down your goals. Here’s how you can get started.
1. Dream big
The number one thing to do is to take a step back and think as big as you can. Don’t think about the process and all the negativity, anxiety, and doubt - just think about what you want as a beatboxer. If there was nothing stopping you, what would you do?
Here are a few examples:
- Release my own all-beatbox album
- Win America’s Got Talent
- Perform at SXSW
- Reach 100,000 YouTube subscribers
- Tour Europe and the USA beatboxing
Now, find out your why. Why do you want it so bad? What do you want to prove? What impact do you want to make?
Answering these questions will set you on track to discover who you are as a beatboxer, as an artist, and as a brand. Remind yourself of this goal consistently and align your words and actions with achieving this goal.
2. Get real
Okay, you have a big goal, now you need some realistic steps to get there, which means creating a system and routine for you to keep in order to improve every single day.
It’s important to start small here and not make lofty promises you can’t keep. Many people make the mistake of having a short burst of motivation and promising themselves that they’ll make all these life-changing commitments, but those things don’t really last.
Here are a few things that can help you get started:
- Morning routines: make tea, 20 pushups, shower, eat breakfast
- Do controlled breathing (meditation) exercises every day for 10 minutes
- Practice beatbox for 30 minutes non-stop every day
- Go out and busk for 1 hour
One thing that helps me is having a habit tracker that I check off every night before I go to sleep, which looks like this:
3. Set deadlines
Having daily routines is awesome, but now it’s time to set deadlines for small wins. It’s okay if you don’t meet every deadline, but creating a sense of urgency can help give you that extra push that you need.
You can set a deadline such as finding a gig by the end of the month or being able to cover a song in two weeks. It’s important to write these things down and even put it on your phone calendar so you can be reminded what you’re working towards!
There are also plenty of apps like Habitbull and Streak that can help you develop these habits.
Get out there!
What are you waiting for? Get started and kick some ass. Oh, but before you leave, please leave us a like and share this with your friends! Until next time, HumanBeatbox family!