Your Potential. Are you Reaching it?
I don’t mean to get all “woo-woo” on you, but your creative potential is pretty unlimited.
So why aren’t you where you want to be? What is it that is holding you back from completing that EP you’ve been planning to write? Why aren’t you signing your tracks onto your favorite Labels? Why aren’t you playing some of the great gigs that are happening all year round, all around the world?
See, you are pure potential at every moment, but there is a huge difference between potential and making that potential your reality. Many of the things you do that you think is going to get you where you want to go are just increasing your potential energy. But that is not enough. It’s like drawing back the string on your bow & arrow, but never releasing.
Buying music books or magazines that you never read, is potential energy wasted. Reading them but not putting any of the things you’ve read into immediate action is even more wasted energy.
Watching tutorials without following along, just to cram more time into watching more videos is a waste of your time and energy.
Reading this post and not finding a way to put what you’ve learned into action is as much of a waste as “thinking about” giving that homeless guy $5 & instead walking by without even making eye contact. The “thought” might make you feel like a better person, just as much as reading about music production makes you “feel” smarter, but you are fooling yourself.
You are NOT that person you think you are until you put those potential thoughts into action. (you can tweet that, go ahead!)
I know this sounds pretty harsh, but it’s important that I snap you out of your dreamworld & let you know that it’s going to lead to nowhere unless you take some massive action toward your goals.
Where the F@&k do I start?
Now that I have made you aware that you are wasting precious time & energy, you might be wondering what steps you can take to change this. Well, I am extremely pleased that you asked 🙂
It’s time to do the one thing us humans seems to have the hardest time doing….
Think for yourself
You’ve been spending so much of your time letting others think for you, that you’ve started thinking they are your own thoughts. In fact, as you read or watch new information you typically drop one approach for another. It’s like a dog who drops the yellow ball in his mouth when he sees a red ball (I was going to say blue ball, but I thought that might throw us off topic).
When you are truly thinking for yourself, you need less information input. This is because instead of looking for others to tell you what to do, you are choosing a direction and moving. The only time you hunt information is when you are stuck & need a tip to get you unstuck. You do a quick google search, watch the video or read the post that suits your needs, and then you are back to work.
This is the path to potential energy, bursting into life.
Where do I start?
Although the better question to ask is usually “when do I start?”(hint, it’s now), I think this is a very valid question. Especially if you have several goals in mind.
You aren’t going to be able to write an album, a book & start your career as a stand up comedian all at the same time. That’s like constantly changing the target you are aiming at and never having time to lock on and pull the trigger on any one of them.
First you want to write down your several goals so you can see them. Understand that you have to get 1 goal off the ground before you can start on another. Once you are in the air, it’ll be much easier to maintain, but it starts with tons of focus on 1 goal without distractions.
This means you will need to prioritize your goals.
I’ll warn you now. Chasing money as your number 1 priority will not only kill your art, but will also kill your income. A person who only wants money & fame, will have very little value to give the world. Everything you want in life will be in trade for the value you give to people. Everything comes through people, everything.
Often you’ll find that accomplishing 1 goal will greatly assist you reaching your other goals, once the first goal is off the ground. For example, If you want to be both a DJ & producer, my greatest suggestion to you would be to take on Producing first. Nothing will raise your status faster and give promoters confidence that you can get asses into a club or venue more than a couple well respected tunes. It’s like an instant resume. If people have heard of you, you’ll have 50 times the opportunities than if you have no productions under your belt. Make sense?
Break it down
Big goals are a double edge sword. On one hand, a big dream will inspire you enough to push through great obstacles. On the other hand, they can seem extremely overwhelming to the point where you start reading tons of books & watching tons of videos that all give you different advice. Don’t do that.
Once again, pull out a sheet of paper and break down your goal to doable actions. Each action should be a 30 minute to 1 hour task at most. If a task will take 10 hours, break it down further into 10 or 20 chunks. It might seem like breaking it down like that will make everything take forever. It won’t. If you only worry about tackling a few “chunks” a day, you will reach your goals faster than you realize & without stress. When working toward your goal, keep an eye on the big picture, but put your focus completely on the now.
If you get stuck, give yourself 15-20 minutes (tops) to learn only what you need to get to the next step. This way, all your time is devoted on taking action instead of just building potential that will never be used.
Mindmapping is a simple way to see your plan of attack visually. It’s like making an outline. What makes this important, is that you might find you left out an important step that you realize must go before what you are currently trying to take action on. This is going to happen. Your mindmap will keep things organized as you figure things out. It also is like leaving breadcrumbs to follow if you ever need to take on a similar task again.
Here’s a Free mindmapping site
This has been talked about many times before, so I won’t dive deep into this subject but just to say that 80% of your results typically come from 20% of your actions. Figure out what that 20% is and do more of it, cut as much of the 80% as possible. A great way to see how you spend your day is to (once again) get out a piece of notebook paper and write down every task you do throughout the day. Any time you change a task, even to go to the bathroom, write down the time & action. If you check your email, write it down, check facebook, write it down. By the end of your day, you’ll be amazed with just how much fluff your day is filled with that can be cut out.
Go get ’em tiger!
I think it’s time for you to release that energy that’s been building up. You’re true potential awaits you.
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happy music making,