The idea is to set up an expectation, and later fulfill that expectation with an outcome that is both surprising and inevitable; inevitable in the sense that there were no other right choices for that moment.
Internalizing our goals is especially useful for those of us in a profession in which external failure is most often the case. Rejection can be a debilitating thing for Creatives, and can have a paralyzing effect on our work. So, the question becomes, "How to live a happy life in the face of disappointment, set-back, and self-doubt?"
"I thought Songwriters had to struggle for years sacrificing for their craft; waiting tables, doing whatever it took to make time to improve their writing, in the hopes that by "paying dues" they earned the opportunity to write with an accomplished peer. Heck, it only cost me $10,000.00!"
In the world of songwriting, the names Alan and Marilyn Bergman are synonymous with terms describing the highest achievements of lyric craft: grace, simplicity, deeply personal, and at the same time completely universal. As husband and wife lyric-writing partners for over fifty-years, they've been honored with too many awards to mention here, including sixteen Academy Award nominations for their work in film.