NAMM University is a forum for sharing best practices at the show and online. The 2010 NAMM show featured a series of presentations led by Donna Hall, founder of the New York School of Music, and Dom Famularo, Drumming’s Global Ambassador.  Although geared towards music retailers and music school owners, the sessions offered ideas and inspiration for anyone seeking to get to the next level.

Donna Hall and Dom Famularo at NAMM 2010

Whether it’s learning a new song or instrument, composing a symphony, writing a novel, or starting a blog — we have all fallen into the abyss between thought and action.

Create It, Date It, and Do It presents a map for the way out.  Drawing on their own experiences, Donna and Dom demonstrated how to advance your goals by taking action instead of succumbing to the laundry list of excuses that hold you back.

  1. Write it Down – Even the simple act of writing down your goals can help make them more real.Sure you’ve read similar advice from other sources, but nothing drives it home like hearing it from people who have lived it and can share stories, examples, and details. If you get a chance to see Donna or Dom in person, take it.
  2. Set a Date – Assigning a date to reach to reach your goals is critical — this allows you to measure your progress and stay on course.
  3. Do It! – There is nothing more important than taking action.  Whether it’s picking up the phone or picking up your instrument, you can’t get to the next step without taking the first one.

Coming just after the beginning of a new year, the presentation reminded me of an article from zenhabits about making a fresh start.  But you don’t have to wait until January 1st rolls around again to begin.

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha