It’s the beginning of 2016 and I’m sure a lot of you are still feeling strong about keeping up with your New Years Resolutions… I’m here to tell you that it’s time to give up on them, but only to change the way that you’ve been doing them :) I don’t really know when I picked this habit up, but I’ve been doing it for the past couple years and it’s much more effective than the way that most people do them (I’m 2/2 instead of 0 for all the other years).
What do I do differently? I change my objective. Most people start the new year with an idea and try to keep up with their resolution. Each day, they do something to keep their resolution alive, hoping that repetition turns it into a healthy habit. But this isn’t really the best way to go because anything can run out of fuel, especially something that might be hard. And if your resolution isn’t hard, then it probably isn’t much of a resolution. So what I do is set a goal to complete by the end of the year. I give myself ALL YEAR to accomplish ONE VERY BIG GOAL, breaking it down into smaller goals which are meant to accomplished throughout the year with deadlines.
The idea must have been introduced to me around the end of 2013 because that’s when I made the decision to do my first New Year GOAL. On NYE, I was at an Eventvibe event called WeAreNYE… This was before I had anyone who would want to come to my shows and before I even really started to establish myself at San Diego’s LOUDEST venue, Somewhere Loud. I didn’t know people in the industry and I didn’t even know how the fuck to DJ at this point. haha It was at this event that I saw these two guys that called themselves Mutiny perform. Their set was awesome, actually better than the headliner’s (Seven Lions). I got to talk to one of them after the set for a little bit and I had actually been following their music for a while on Soundcloud. It was right here that I decided “Hey, I want to play a set on NYE next year.” At the end of 2014, I played a set on NYE at Somewhere Loud’s NYE party. I opened the side stage but that’s not what’s important… What’s important is that I accomplished my goal and the journey of reaching that point introduced me to so many people gave me a foothold in San Diego’s dance music industry.
My goal for 2015 was to play a music festival. On NYE, I performed at Eventvibe’s Infinity NYE, an insane NYE celebration with four stages and amazing performances by artists like Above & Beyond, Crizzly, UZ, and Michael Woods with 10,000 attendees and a sold out hotel. If you described an event to me like that, I’d definitely call it a festival haha
This past year was pretty awesome, but it wasn’t easy. I had to become a powerhouse promoter and balance a lot of politics and find a way to overcome pretty insane beefs and even be the mediator at times… but these are the things you should expect when you sign up to be influential in any scene. If I want to make it to the top of San Diego, I have to be willing to do whatever it takes and once I get there, I’ll be looking to get my footing in other cities and bring my style of music and mixing to people all over the place. Every day, I wake up and ask myself, “what can I do to become closer to my goal?”
So now we’re here in 2016 and I’m 2/2 and looking forward to an amazing year. There’s a statistic that men who share their goals with people are less likely to accomplish them, so I won’t state what my goal is for 2016, but I know that I’ll accomplish it because I have worked out a good system for getting things done. This year has the biggest goals I’ve ever aspired to and I know that with all the work I’ve done in the past, I have everything I need to accomplish them :)