The Pro Songwriter's Diet

Eating a greasy cheeseburger once a month doesn't make you fat. Eating a salad once a month doesn't make you skinny. And sitting down to write once a month doesn't make you a pro songwriter.

It's not what you do every once in a while that defines what you are (serial killers excluded). It's what you do REPEATEDLY that defines what you are.

Olympic athletes don't just train every now and then. Their training is a habit, a discipline. It's part of their lifestyle.

Now, I'm not saying you should be writing as much as a lot of pros do.Realistically, most of us can't write from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. Or even 3 or 4 nights a week. We have jobs. We have families. I get that. Heck, I live that!

But is your lifestyle saying the same thing as your mouth? If your mouth says you want to be a pro songwriter, but your lifestyle says you want to watch TV on the couch 28 out of 30 nights a month, there's a problem. There's a disconnect that's going to keep you from connecting to your dreams.

If you say you want to lose 20 pounds, but your diet (how you eat on a regular basis) is full of pizza, soft drinks, potato chips with only the occasional salad... you're never going to lose that weight.

Likewise, if you say you want to be a pro (or great) songwriter, but your "diet" consists of mostly tv, X-box, social media, or hanging out with your drinking buddies- with serious songwriting only thrown in occasionally- you're not going to turn pro.

Again, I have grace for you if you're in a season of life that just doesn't allow consistent writing time. Give yourself some grace, too. Lord willing, this season will pass and you'll have more time later.

But if you DO have time to write, but you're NOT writing... consider this your well-deserved kick in the britches.