Musician Dose Of Motivation: Things That You Sometimes Need To Hear
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This post is going to be a little different from the other posts that we have here. And I am writing this because in many posts I’ve been trying to be encouraging towards you, the reader and a musician that took the time to read that. All for the purpose of knowing more and improving in the career.
Also, because we see a lot of situations where people bring one another down every single day. Some days, even, we do it to ourselves. So, in this post, I just want to give you some motivation and encouragement, because all of us need it sometimes. And I know that it’s always welcome in our lives. So, here’s some things to keep in mind when times are tough.
Take care of yourself
Some days the road is going to be harder to walk. In moments like these you are more vulnerable, and things affect you more than they usually would. This is where you can start being negative towards yourself. Never forget to try and be as aware of the situation as possible. These are the moments where you need to be gentle with yourself. Treat yourself with love, care, respect and dignity. Every storm passes.
Get the rest that you need. Take the break that you deserve. After all, you’re just human.
Be a hardworking musician
Being a musician isn’t easy. Especially when you just began. It is challenging, and sometimes things don’t work in our favor. They don’t turn out as we expect them to. This should never discourage you, or set you off your goal. Work hard. Every moment that you dedicate to your music should be a moment where you give your absolute best at that time.
Only that way, you will be sure that you have done everything that you can to improve yourself. It’s something that brings so much comfort, knowing that you’ve worked as hard as you possibly could. And it’s the only way to success, really.
There will be a lot of moments in your way where your patience will be tested, one way or another. In situations like these there’s going to be anticipation and waiting. Being patient isn’t always as simple as it sounds. But these are the moments in which many times we reflect on ourselves and what we have done so far. So, use them to learn more about yourself and to build your attitude in a way that works in nothing else but your favor!
Life does get in the way
…Because that’s what life is supposed to do in the first place. Sometimes, maybe even now, money are tight, your equipment needs a fix, the long hours at your nine to five job squeeze the life out of you. Your band mate is acting like a prick. The venue cancels. It all happens. And it’s not an easy punch, I know. It’s okay if it puts you down, and it’s okay to not always feel the greatest.
Just, never forget that you have been given this amazing gift of being able to express yourself through music. Use these moments to find your inner power. Transform them into what you love the most. Embrace them as stressful as and as challenging as they are. Remember that even though it may not feel like you have the control over the situation right now, you still do. Try to get the best out of it.
Remember who you are, be yourself, cherish your individuality
We are all doing it to make it out there. To be live our dream, to do what we love and share it with people. But, many times we lose ourselves along the way. By being yourself and cherishing your individuality, I don’t mean just your personality as a human being. But as an artist, a musician, a creator as well. One way or another, we put a part of us in our music. We create this entity, this persona that happens once we start playing our music and creating.
Never limit yourself in these stages. Never limit the creative process. Let yourself go and create exactly what you feel like you should create.
Believe in your work and your music
If we are being real, a healthy dose of constructive self-criticism is absolutely great to have. Without it, you’d actually have a serious problem. But, it’s important to believe in what you do as well. Give yourself credit for what you do. There are people out there that will absolutely hate your music (and they won’t have a problem saying so). But, there will also be people who are going to love your music. And these are the people you are doing it for!
The importance of gratitude
Despite all the hard times, if you keep working hard and not give up, progress and great moments will come to you. And when they do, you should be motivated to work even harder!
Something else you should keep on your mind and I would like to mention is gratitude. For many great things that I got to experience, especially in music, I wouldn’t be able to experience them if it wasn’t for the people that simply just gave me a chance. Those that believed in me and were patient with me. Those that helped me improve.
Never forget about them. And more importantly, never forget to give someone else a chance when you are in the position to do so.
Gratitude towards the others is so important. Gratitude towards yourself, too. For being creative. For being hardworking, patient and caring. To being fearless.
Cheers to being a musician!