Tuesday, August 3, 2010

behind schedule

I've really been lagging on my songwriting...I've been busy with wedding plans! There's so much to do, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so I'm going for it. But I did meet with my co-writer last night and we tossed a few ideas around. But then we talked - I told him I noticed the difference between people who achieve their goals and those who don't. Whether is achieving a wanted relationship or career goal I saw the same characteristics - those who achieved what they wanted reached outside of their comfort zone and put their energy outwards. It's so easy to stay inside one's little bubble of safety, and then wonder why nothing ever happens. It takes risk to achieve success. And it also takes giving. I see people who reach out to others and give - what you give comes back two-fold (I hear)..I envisioned a bubble with a smile on it and two arms reaching out of the bubble. I realized I am not reaching out of my comfort zone when it comes to my songwriting. I'm actually putting very little energy into it lately for obvious reasons. But I'm at least getting some clarity. I know I must do the following:
Visualize what I want
Understand why I want it, not how I'm going to get it or why I haven't achieved it
Put energy into it by
songwriting regularly,
pitching regularly,
meeting new music business professionals, which may mean going outside my comfort zone and approaching them and speaking up
performing my original music in my band (outside the zone if we're unrehearsed)
paying money (going outside my comfort zone) to subscribe to online pitching services
be SEEN - that means marketing, on FaceBook, promoting this blog (which scares me to death since I expose lots of personal information), Myspace, etc.

I'm sure there's a million other things I can do, but I have to put energy into it and reach outside my little bubble. Then I must feel the joy of it and let go....I think that's a big one. I've been letting go a lot lately of the desperation I've felt for so long. Now I'm trying to revel in the joy of daily life - so happy with my mate and the love I have in my life. Yes, I still want success, but I'm not needing success as I once did. I still want to perform at a major festival in Europe, have a #1 hit single, have major label artists record my songs, and earn a bunch of money doing it. But for now, I'm just trying to have balance and joy daily. I will start to make more effort though with my songwriting because I want to see it move forward, but that means I must move forward....and so I will!