When I think about personal growth I typically think of horizontal growth. That is, adding as many skills, knowledge, and pieces to the puzzle as possible. And I love learning new things a lot. It helps when I have trouble sitting still or not doing anything that feels productive, which is quite often. A jack of many trades, master of none.
But this year I want to try something new.
Adding different types of pieces to the puzzle makes it more difficult to switch gears in your brain. That’s just in my anecdotal experience. I’m a collector of hobbies and I easily fall into the trap of having too many different types of projects and ambitions.
This year I’m going to scale vertically. I’m going to dive deep rather than spreading wide. I might go crazy by not constantly moving on to a different type of project, but it’s an experiment worth trying. So with my goal of releasing an album this year, I’m going to scale vertically in music.
I’m going to write more music. Record music. I’m going to learn more about mixing, mastering, and audio engineering. I’m going to work on actually improving my guitar skills rather than being content with average. Revive my skills in piano. Learn new instruments like drums and ukulele.
But this year I’m going all in with music.