New Level, New Devil

New Level, New Devil

You want more.

It’s understandable. It’s human nature.

But we often aren’t thinking about what we need to go through to get the more we want.

Which isn’t to say one should adopt an attitude of foreboding. That’s not it.

In the grand scheme of things, no matter what you face, it doesn’t mean anything. And when you’re facing something, that’s what you need to remember.

Even when something shows up in your world as bad, wrong, or evil, it doesn’t mean anything. You’re the one making it mean something.

As you reach for new levels, you will face new “devils.”

And even that means nothing.

But there’s a new level of responsibility, of accountability, in getting what you want.

Let’s look…

Once you did what you did for fun. Now it’s a profession and you have deadlines to deliver on.

Once you had a podcast you did “just because.” Now you have a sponsor you must satisfy.

Once you wrote an eBook because you thought you had something to share. Now your customers want you to offer personalized coaching sessions by the hour, and you’re burnt out.

The new “devil” is inevitably more responsibility, more accountability. And that doesn’t need to mean anything. It’s what you need to go through to get to where you want to go.

Once you’ve mastered a new level of responsibility and accountability, there will always be new levels of responsibility and accountability to reach for.

There’s isn’t a cap on leadership development. It’s only a matter of how far you’re willing to go. It’s having your word create your world, not your world, or your circumstance, creating your word.

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How to Achieve More in Your Artistic Career

How to Achieve More in Your Artistic Career

“Responsibility” and “accountability” can sound like dirty words.

“Responsibility” denotes duty and obligation. Things that will always feel like “work,” no matter how much you glitter them up.

Accountability just sounds like a gut punch. You don’t want to be the one who’s accountable for anything! If the initiative fails, it’s your fault.

And yet, this is where your true power lies.

Last quarter, in the yearlong leadership program I’m currently taking, I was responsible for booking Saturday empowerment events. I was to set up two hosts, set targets for attendee numbers, and work with other people on the team to ensure everything ran smoothly.

At first, I didn’t have the structure or the support I needed, and while the first event went well, the second event bombed. No one showed up, and the hosts weren’t happy about this. They gave me a piece of their mind!

Honestly, I was ready to throw in the towel.

But then I got some help. And I started to see the power in making new promises around attendance each week.

From that week forward, we had guests every single week.

We didn’t always meet our target. Sometimes we exceeded it. Sometimes we came in well under.

But each Saturday, there was an empowerment event, there were two hosts, and there were guests in attendance. And that made the entire initiative a success.

It’s amazing how much all of us have around getting things wrong, not meeting targets, making dubious claims or predictions. We lose faith in ourselves because of things not going as expected.

Do you realize that whatever realizations you’ve had today might just be for today, and not for tomorrow?

And the promises you made yesterday might be more a factor of not enough sleep, too much caffeine, and some distorted sense of how yesterday went?

Promises do matter. What doesn’t matter, as much, is whether you meet the promises, assuming you put an honest effort forward. And that goes contrary to the world of performance we were brought up in, where you’re either right or wrong.

Consider that:

  • Your mind goes to work on problems you present it with (and it does this better when you’re intentional about the process – you summon creative energies you didn’t know you had!)
  • You’ll be infinitely closer to reaching your goals by committing to a promise versus shrinking back and not putting anything on the line
  • If you don’t reach your targets, you can still restore integrity, make a new promise, and make things right
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The world insists that commitment is the enemy of choice. But commitment is the very essence of freedom. When you’re committed to something, all options outside of that project or outcome become completely irrelevant. Your decisions and actions become clearer, and laser targeted.

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You got to be a kid in grade school. But you don’t get to be a kid anymore. The results you generate in your music career are 100% a function of what you did and didn’t do! And whatever results generated, they don’t matter, just like in a game of Monopoly. Someone won, the rest didn’t, but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter.

The only thing you need to do with the results is to be clear on the results. You can do something with numbers you can see. You can’t do anything with numbers hidden from plain sight.

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Taking Full Responsibility of Your Music Career

Taking Full Responsibility of Your Music Career

Abstractions and emotions rule most music careers. Because career activity is driven by abstractions and emotions.

Think about songwriting. What is a song, really? It’s a personal expression, right? Even when you aren’t talking about yourself, technically you are, because you’re expressing an idea, thought, or opinion. So, abstraction and emotions can help the songwriting process. Especially since listeners relate to human emotions.

But when it comes to something more exact like business or marketing, you can’t just rely on gut feelings or fly by the seat of your pants. You’ve got to be able to track your activity, look at the facts, and make hard decisions to pursue that which works and makes sense to do.

That’s the responsibility that some artists have a hard time accepting. They either don’t want to do it, or they just want someone else to do it.

And I’m not going to say that getting someone else to do it isn’t an option. But you’ve still got to act on the data, right? Or else it makes no sense to collect. We can stubbornly insist on things we think we should be doing, or we can use cold, hard facts to make better decisions on the activity we should be engaged in.

If you want to create something because you want it to exist, that’s fine, but recognize it might not be the fast track to getting what you want in your music career.

And I get that this is a scary thing. You’re trying to blaze a trail and make your way all on your own. You’re trying to make things work in your music career.

But turning a blind eye and following emotion or opinion is the least attractive option.

You’ve either got to start tracking relevant data yourself, get someone to track for you, or some combination thereof. Otherwise, you’re unlikely to grow your music career into a sustainable, profitable one. You’re just going to be ruled by your opinions and emotions, as most artists are, and end up in the same desperate bucket they are.

The most successful artists do things differently. That’s why they’re successful.

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