more than just practicing your music.
Jones knew about preparing when he produced the hit, "We Are The
World." In dealing with so many superstars, he put a note on the studio
entrance that said "Check your ego at the door." Quincy knew that there
would only be a select number of musicians who would end up on the
finished record, even though many of them would start out tracking on
the multitrack master. It was inevitable that someone was going to get
Key: Being open. Quincy had to
prepare all them to be open to giving their best
performance, regardless of whether they ended up on the record or not.
By releasing their attachment to the outcome they would all satisfy a
purpose greater than any one person. This didn't mean giving up who
they are. It meant bringing who they are forward with an eye
on the perfect end result. Being open makes
seeing the perfect end result easier.
"expanded thinking" in action. Expanded thinking means you know the
power you have as a unique
human being, and you also know the power you have when your pesonal
agenda is flexible, instead of rigid. This is one of the most common
success techniques used by the best studio players in the world. They
do their best in the present moment and they have an open, balanced
viewpoint of the whole picture.
Are you prepared with the right attitude,
the right tools, the right amount of discipline combined with
spontaneity? Or are you resistant
to opening more doors in order to have more results in your life?
Sometimes it's our old beliefs about things that keep us in a pattern
Hidden: Our inner belief system often
shuts down our openness. On the outside we
may think that we deserve
success, but we may have a pattern of saying, "I can't afford to pay
for more music lessons." And then our growth toward success is slowed
down because we
set ourselves up to afford less.
Maybe what we think and what believe inside are two
Key: If you consciously choose to
be open, you will start to undo self-defeating beliefs.
Being closed is a form of resistance. Being open is a way of releasing
resistance without giving up who you are. When we're open, big things
can happen. It's like having a much bigger mitt for your opportunities
to land in - and it's key to be aware
of the source from which your opportunities come from. And just what IS the
Important: Your source isn't
money. Your source is people. Every check you have ever gotten has come
from people. Every gift or meal or kiss or coupon or record deal or
food stamp or dinner date has come from people. Every idea, every
thought, every notion you've ever had has come from either you or from
other people. People are your source.
knowing how many people there are out there, it's almost unthinkable
that we don't have a massive overflowing abundance of everything, We
must really have a lot of resistance going on for us if we're still
broke or unsatisfied at what we're doing! And like I said, much of our
resistance is subtle. We don't know it's there and we don't stop to
think in a different way so as to be less resistant. And musicians have
a special challenge in the area of resistance.
Trap: Musicians often learn their
craft by repeating the same pattern over and over again.
Step-by-step, you start out slowly, finding the best fingering position
or the correct posture, and you repeat the drill many times the same
way. Eventually, you get it under your belt, and then the teacher gives
you something more advanced. Again, you lock in a pattern of focused
repetition to reach your technical goal. When you've gotten it
technically, you bring in the other elements of interpretation and
feeling, but the pattern of repetitive, linear action becomes your
standard map for achieving results. And, it works!
think about it, using just one patterned method -
is simultaneously resisting sixteen other methods of
reaching the same goal! Now maybe it doesn't make sense to use sixteen
different fingering positions to play the same riff, but if we don't
practice being open to a variety of solutions, we don't tend to be
accustomed to looking in a variety of places for solutions! We tend to
get stuck in narrow thinking. We even develop selective loyalty to a
particular teacher, and often find it uncomfortable changing over to
pattern of thinking begins to blend into other areas of life. We get
comfortable recording another demo, when we've only sent the first one
out to five different places, or we haven't sent it out at all. We get
stuck thinking money is tight, but we shouldn't risk seeking an
investor because we we'd have to give up a piece of the "pie." We use
the same manager or producer even though our sales haven't risen above
the level of the first hit record, and concert attendance is dropping.
We leave another love relationship because women are all the same, or
men are all the same. This is all linear thinking, instead of expanded
our thinking means remembering the words of Albert
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting
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