Let’s face it the music industry is changing. No one really knows what’s going on. As independent artists it’s easy to allow the unknowns to scare us. To frustrate us. Even allow us to become jaded. In the wake of such change, what do we need to do? How do we navigate these new waters?
Growing up I’m sure you heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. Most of the time that story is told with the moral being, slow and steady wins the race. Which is true. But what if we looked at it a little differently. Say, consistency with a positive attitude wins the race.
As you look across the landscape of today’s music industry you have two types of people. Those who believe the sky is falling. And those who see the current situation as opportunity.
You could look at it as:
-No one buys music anymore.
-The market is over saturated.
-You make pennies as a full-time musician.
-Record labels are dying
-No one comes to local shows.
Or you could look at it as:
-People are buys music differently and there’s an opportunity to figure out how.
-The “gate keepers” have been removed so you have direct access to your fans.
-You have potential to make as much money as you want/can.
-You don’t need a record label to be successful.
-If you create a show worth talking about, people will come.
You have a choice. Choose a positive one.Your mind is a tool you can choose to use any way you wish. -Louise Hay Click To Tweet
Often the way we think has an effect on our outcome. We can see the obstacles in front of us as the end of our story. Or we can see them as opportunities to find new ways to grow.
The tortoise could have said, “there’s no way, I’m to slow”. Instead, he kept moving. Tackling each step that was in front of him. In keeping a positive attitude he was able to win the race. It’s all about perspective.
In my life I’ve had plenty of opportunities to allow my mental attitude to effect my outcome. I’m sure you have too. I wish I could say that I stayed positive in every situation. But I can’t. What I have done, is become more aware of the way I think. Constantly asking myself, what’s the silver lining in the situations I am facing.
-Think of a situation (or fear) you are facing right now. (I don’t have what it takes. I don’t know how it works. I’m not as good as…) Whatever it is think about it now.
-Take out a piece of paper and simply reverse the way you think about it. (I have what it takes to… I have all the tools I need and know how it works… I am good at…) Write this down.
-Keep this paper with you for the next 30 days. Read it out loud at least once a day. (If you want, tape it to your bathroom mirror so it will constantly be in front of you.)
Watch how your situation changes. It might not always be your situation but you who changes.
Truth is, everyday you will be faced with opportunities to dwell on the negative in your life. It’s easy to stay there. But if you commit to changing the way you think over the next 30 days, I promise you will be surprised.
Remember: Your thoughts are powerful.You are not a helpless victim of your own thoughts, but rather a master of your own mind. -Louise Hay Click To Tweet
So, let’s commit to staying positive. Allowing the way we think, dictate the way we live. The tortoise was able to win the race because he was consistent, but also because he was positive. He wasn’t discouraged by his surroundings. He took what was in front of him and made the best of it.
The music industry is tough. It’s easy to give up and say it’s to hard. I won’t lie, it’s not for the faint of heart. But I do know that it’s possible to find success in today’s industry. Consistency and positive thinking are the best recipe to do so.
So let’s go. Rise up and #createyourart.
Stay consistent. Stay positive.
We. Need. You!
Question: How have you seen your thinking, positive or negative, effected your life? Share your storied below or on Facebook and Twitter.