Let’s chat about something crucial for anyone serious about music production:

Embracing the slog.

Yeah, you heard me right. Sometimes, making music feels like a slog, and that’s okay. It’s part of the journey if you want to be a professional artist.

Hobbyists often quit when the fun stops. They hit a wall and decide it’s not worth pushing through. For pros, though, that’s just the beginning of the real process. Consistency in pushing against this resistance is what leads artists to more frequent moments of creative flow. But how do we gain a mentality that embraces the slog?

First off, understand that the brain will resist the most the first time you try to change your habit. That initial push is the worst it will ever be. Every consistent attempt beyond that gets easier until your brain just accepts that the habit to push forward is stronger than the habit of procrastination or stalling out. When this habit shift leads to finished songs that you previously thought were impossible to complete, you become very consciously aware that resistance is actually showing you the path of the artist. It’s not wasted effort.

The Brain’s Resistance

Let’s dig a little deeper into why our brains resist change so much. Our brains are wired for efficiency. They love routines because they save energy. When you try to break a routine or start a new habit, your brain sees it as a threat to its efficient way of doing things. That’s why it feels so hard to start something new. But here’s the thing: the more you push through this initial resistance, the more your brain adapts. It starts to realize that this new habit is here to stay, and it begins to rewire itself to accommodate it.

Think about it like training a muscle. The first few workouts are tough, and your muscles ache. But over time, as you keep exercising, your muscles get stronger, and the workouts become easier. The same goes for your brain. Each time you push through the resistance, you’re strengthening your mental muscles, making it easier to keep going the next time.

The Phoenix of Creative Flow

Imagine your creative flow as a phoenix rising from the ashes. Every time you face a creative challenge or breakdown, you’re setting the stage for that phoenix to rise. It’s in these moments of struggle that true creativity is born. When you push through the hard times, you’re allowing your creativity to grow and evolve. Each challenge you overcome makes you a better artist.

Think about some of the greatest artists and musicians in history. Many of them faced immense struggles and challenges. But it was their ability to push through these tough times that allowed them to create their masterpieces. The same goes for you. Embrace the challenges and see them as opportunities for growth.

Celebrating the Process, Not the Result

One key understanding that separates hobbyists from professionals is that pros don’t just celebrate the end result. They celebrate the process. It’s about consistently showing up and putting in the work. Your creative muse only shows up if you are willing to show up to do the work, regardless of how you feel.

This is a crucial mindset shift. If you’re always focused on the end result, you’ll get discouraged when things don’t go as planned. But if you learn to enjoy the process, every moment becomes a victory. Each practice session, each time you sit down to write, is a step forward. It’s about the journey, not just the destination. Once a piece of music is completed, it’s for others to judge, not you. Your work is already done.

Building Consistency

So, how do you build this consistency? Start small. You don’t have to overhaul your entire routine overnight. Begin with small, manageable changes. Maybe it’s dedicating 15 minutes a day to practice or writing. The key is to do it consistently. Over time, these small efforts will add up, and you’ll find yourself building a strong habit.

Create a routine that works for you. Maybe it’s setting aside a specific time each day for your music. Or perhaps it’s creating a dedicated space where you can work without distractions. Find what works best for you and stick to it.

The Role of Self-Compassion

One thing that’s often overlooked in the creative process is self-compassion. Be kind to yourself. Understand that there will be days when things don’t go as planned, and that’s okay. It’s all part of the journey. Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a friend.

When you hit a rough patch, don’t beat yourself up. Acknowledge it, learn from it, and move on. Remember, every artist faces challenges. And every artist has failures under their belt. It’s how you handle them that defines your journey. Wear them as a badge of honor.

Embracing the Uncertainty

Being a professional artist means embracing uncertainty. There will be times when you’re not sure what the next step is, and that’s okay. It’s part of the creative process. Learn to be comfortable with not knowing. Trust that the answers will come as you continue to work and explore.

Uncertainty can be scary, but it can also be exciting. It means that there are endless possibilities and opportunities for discovery. Embrace the unknown and see where it takes you.

The Power of Persistence

Persistence is your greatest ally on this journey. It’s what keeps you going when things get tough. It’s what helps you push through the resistance and come out stronger on the other side. Remember, every artist faces challenges. The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is persistence.

Keep showing up, keep doing the work, and keep pushing forward. Over time, you’ll find that the slog isn’t something to dread but something to embrace. It’s where the magic happens.

Happy music making.



If you are benefiting from these posts, you will absolutely love my 2 bestselling books:

The Mental Game of Music Production
The Process for Electronic Music Producers

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Happy music making!
Jason

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