Positive thinking isn’t everything, but it certainly makes for a better musical journey – says Simone Niles.
You’ve spent time on your honing your skill, on promotion, on gigs, on networking, but if you think you will not succeed, you’re probably right.
Okay so you might be asking yourself, is this one of those articles about positive thinking?
While I think that thinking positively is great, I want to share with you, a different angle.
Have you ever noticed that when you decide to buy your favorite pair of shoes, that everyone seems to be wearing them?
Or that if you are in a noisy environment such as an airport, and you hear your name called out, “Will Jane please go to desk 15?” that you notice this announcement despite the noise around you?
This is your brain’s Reticular Activating System (RAS), which helps with the functioning of our waking, sleeping, breathing, heart beating and other involuntary functions of the body.
It also is the part of the brain that helps you to focus on the stimuli around you.
So you want to be a successful artist; if you focus on failure, your RAS is going to help you find it!
The Right Focus
So by focusing on all the things you truly want and thinking positively about your goals, you give yourself a head start towards success.
I’m not saying that thinking positively alone will help you get there, but it certainly will make a more desirable journey on route towards your goals.
Start by noticing the things you say to yourself, and if they do not serve you, change them to the thoughts that do!
E.g. “I’m never going to be a successful singer in today’s industry” can become “I can and will be successful and I’m willing to grow as singer through all the ups and downs.”
You can achieve your goals, with a good strategy, massive action, elbow grease –and the right focus. I believe in you!
Simone Niles is a leading vocal and performance coach and an author on performance enhancement. She has a busy private teaching practice in London and teaches at The Institute of Contemporary Music, where she is MD of the college’s vocal ensemble. Her book “Coaching for Performance Excellence”, gives artists innovative ways to achieve performance excellence; it is available from her website.