4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) for Musicians – Intro

(You’re 0% done.. eep!)

Ever struggle to follow through on goals or ideas? Do you wish you had an easy, systematic way to turn your vision into reality?

#1 Best-selling book The 4 Disciplines of Execution provides an epically awesome framework for setting and achieving clear, meaningful goals.

Four disciplines of execution

#1 Bestseller

In fact, I used 4DX to stay on track writing this blog series. Let’s use 4DX together to help you finish reading these blog posts and 100% activate your inner “Virtuoso Achiever”.

Getting Started

This blog series has 5 posts. You’ve already finished about 8% of the whole series (good job!).  The other great news is, these posts are interactive so you’re actually going to use 4DX to learn 4DX.

Meanwhile, how about making a high-impact commitment that will keep you moving towards the finish line?

Try saying it out loud: “I commit to reading the next four main points (0%-100% done within 3 minutes)”


Let’s get started

Here is the summary of how 4DX works. The remaining posts will go into detail and teach you to apply it in your own life.

1. Focus on the Wildly Important

Identify just 1-2 Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) “that can make all the difference”.

  • Never focus on more than two WIGs at the same time.
  • The battles you choose must win the war.
  • All WIGs have a finish line in the form  “From X to Y by when.”

25% done, keep going!

2. Act on Lead Measures

Lag measures represent “output“. They tell you if you have achieved your goal. A lag measure for musicians might be “max tempo at which I can play this scale pattern/musical passage”. A common lag measure in dieting is amount of weight lost.

Lead measures represent “input“. These are high-leverage actions that cause the lag measures to move. Lead measures are influenceable and predictive of success. For example: “practice going faster than target tempo” or “stop eating McDonalds”.

50% done, on to

3. Keep Score

What would sports be without a scoreboard? Start winning your own game by keeping score.  I’m helping you keep score of reading progress with red percentages. In section 4 we’ll cover how you create a perfect scoreboard for your own goals.

75% done – almost there!

4. Maintain a cadence of accountability

It’s in our DNA. Making and keeping commitments feels good, especially when others can hear and validate those commitments. And if you’re a musician, we don’t need to talk about the importance of rhythm!

Discipline #4 gets you into a rhythm of accountability.

100% finished – congrats!

How about celebrating with nice stretch and deep breath?

Next up: Learn how to install for yourself Discipline #1, “Focus on the Wildly Important”