1. Purify your goals, intention of what you want to achieve! Do you have the right 'soulset'? You have to have the right 'soulset' which means working through, purifying, removing any addictions or obstacles from your life that prevent you from giving the gift of your music to the world.
If you're making music to be famous, to gain financial reward, to have power, status, approval and glory then you are not doing it for the right reasons and you are not ready. Engaging your passions should always be about how you can best gift and give to the world.
If you are engaging unloving behaviours and addictions towards others and yourself on a day to day basis then you will have some emotional work to do on your soul before you will be able to have a lasting impact. When you are not loving yourself or others you will not be able to produce music that will have lasting and loving effects in the world.
Purify your intentions and why you are doing it so that you can live the most truest expression of yourself in the world. Get rid of the 'look at me, how awesome am I' syndrome and let's work towards eradicating narcissism from the music industry! Find a way for your music to benefit the world!
2. Make sure you are ready! Practice, practice, practice! There's nothing worse than being in a studio and having to do a million takes because you are either not in time or singing out of tune. If you're a singer, sing everyday, if you play an instrument practice to a metronome. It will make a world of difference and save time when you are in the studio! It also means you can enjoy the process more and have fun!
3. Make sure your song is ready! When first starting out we all think our songs are just so AWESOME when that is almost often not the case. Does your song have a positive and important message? Or is it about 'woh is me'? Does the structure work? Does it have a distinguishable chorus? What is the message that you want to share and why? Write songs that have meaning, that share positive messages and can be of benefit in the world.
4. Work with the tools you already have! Do not go into debt by spending thousands of dollars on recording your songs when it has the potential to put you in financial hardship. It means you might have to possibly do a job that is not your passion to pay off the debt which means more time away from your passions. Work with the tools you already have and if that is just a recorder on your mobile phone, start there and work your way up to recording on more expensive gear when you have the funds. There is a lot that can be achieved with very little equipment.
5. Work with a producer! Have professionals listen to your music! Get feedback from people that will tell you the truth and not lie to you to not hurt your feelings. Professionals can give you honest feedback on the structure, lyrics, melody and arrangement and assist your songwriting to reach its potential.