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Are you on the Songwriting P.A.T.H.?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on September 12, 2018

Songwriting is a journey. If you have big dreams for your songwriting, then it’s a long journey. It’s been my experience that a wise path is critical to a successful journey. Here are the elements of a wise P.A.T.H.

Why are you on this journey in the first place? Where do you want to go, and why do you want to go there? Without a clearly-defined purpose, without a desired destination at the end of the path, all you can do is wander. Wandering is fine if you’re just out for a nice walk. But if you want to get somewhere, you need to find or define your purpose.

The path will not travel under your feet. You have to get moving! Take action, but not just any random action. The point isn’t to walk in circles or to run in place. Take the action you believe will move you in the direction of your purpose. Keep your purpose in mind, and act.

Any purpose worth following will not be fulfilled overnight. You have to put in the time. You have to resolve yourself to sticking with it for the long haul. Success doesn’t come easily or quickly. Pack a lunch, and wear some comfortable walking shoes- this will take a while.

Habit multiplies the effects of your efforts. When you have Purposeful Action Taken Habitually (hey, that spells P.A.T.H., too), that’s when all your positive momentum starts adding up like a snowball rolling downhill. But this isn’t auto-pilot, and you’re not taking the path of least resistance. You’re still keeping your purpose in mind and taking action again and again. This habit doesn’t replace thought. Thoughtful, purposeful action IS your habit.

The path to success is paved with the stones of Purpose, Action, Time and Habit.

Knowing how to stay on the P.A.T.H. is important for pro songwriters- or those who want to turn pro. And if YOU want to turn pro, I have a great opportunity for you.

Every Monday night in October, I'm hosting The C4 Experience, or C4X.  It's an exclusive, live online event where I help 10 writers like YOU create explosive growth in your commercial songwriting.  I want you to win, and I'm going to help you write songs that artists want to sing, radio wants to play and fans want to hear.

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