It’s a New Year, you’re living in the same Pandemic and there’s no doubt you need a little music career motivation.
As a musician and performing artist, 2020 knocked your world upside down, but you can still make moves in your music career, even in an Age of Covid-19.
The truth is, whether things feel back to “normal” or not, in this present moment, you are living in your “new normal.” Life as you know it, may never look or feel like it did prior to 2020. You are forever changed.
Please hear me out. This is not your doom and gloom blog post and I’m certainly not trying to discourage you. It’s actually the exact opposite because I’m pleading with you to exercise your forward-thinking.
It’s time to open your heart and eyes towards the future, so you can invite your prodigal mojo back! In both music and in life.
If you want to learn how to get motivated in your music career, start with these three practices, so you can make some big moves, even in an age of Covid-19:
#1: Don’t Settle
I beg of you. Do not settle for the past. Like a sturdy Oak, there’s resilience in you, protecting your essence and building character, so you can ultimately share all the goodness you were meant for.
Whether you’re 16, 25, or 55 years old, you’ve still got some massive living to do my friend, and now is not the time to throw in the towel with excuses like, “well, I guess music isn’t for me,” or “it’s official, my music career is over.” (insert the wah-wahs)
C’mon! What’s official anyway? Is it official that this is one of the most challenging times in the history of our world? Is it official that you’re not unique in your suffering and that you’re not alone to feel stuck, scared, frustrated, and confused?
I can 100% empathize with you as a singer/songwriter and restaurant owner myself, but now is not the time to lay down and take the punches. Nor is it ever time to give up or quit!
Now is the time to RISE, put one foot in front of the other, muster all the faith you possibly can and choose to claim all the dreams and ambitions that rest inside you.
#2 Tune In
You might be thinking, “Hold on! What if I no longer know what “dreams and ambitions rest inside me; this past year changed everything.”
This is a valid point and if this is where you’re at, welcome. You’re in good company, which brings me to the second practice you can start to get motivated and make moves in your music career: Tune In.
It’s possible that your target has changed. What you wanted six months ago, may not be what you want today, and P.S., that’s absolutely acceptable. You have permission to evolve and grow!
To discern your next move, however, you must slow down and tune in long enough to make the next best move for yourself. Having clarity on what you want to experience in your life is the first step to making it a reality!
Tune in to your heart, intuition, faith, The Universe, God, that still voice inside, whatever and whomever the source of your personal power comes from and breathe. Trust that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be on your journey and believe you are capable of making great moves!
While you’re enjoying some introspection, take inventory of what is not working in your life. Identifying where you need to shift your energy away from is equally important.
Make this a practice for yourself daily. It doesn’t have to be 30 minutes a day, but try starting with five! Clarity does not happen overnight and you may have to rid of a few distractions before you get there.
The important thing is that you get there.
#3: Ask Different Questions
The last practice you can start to get your music motivation back and make big moves in your career begins with mindset. To make some “NEW” moves… Start by asking “NEW” questions.
Shift your focus from the negative brooding on “why aren’t things how they used to be,” or “I just want to go back to performing every weekend” to “How can navigate this challenging time with gusto?” Or “How can I shift trajectory, without abandoning my dreams, purpose, or mission?”
A little suggestion, don’t forget to ask, how you can do all these amazing things, while still experiencing Joy along your Journey.
Embrace the challenge and discomfort.
Why? Because typically, off the heels of challenge, comes significant growth. Growth enables you to evolve in boldness and make power moves in your life that can alter your destination, but only if you allow it.
Looking for a few daily success ritual questions to start with? Try these:
- What’s one thing I can get excited about today? (Like if I REALLY wanted to?)
- How can I take care of myself today?
- What’s one thing I can take massive action on in my music career today?
- How can I show up in my relationships today and express love & gratitude?
As they say, “You Gotta Start Somewhere” and you can and will make big moves for yourself inside this Pandemic, when you start at the beginning. (hint, hint: the beginning is YOU!)
Don’t forget to celebrate along the way; however great or small! Find something to be proud of! You’re a force to be reckoned with, and if you want others to take notice, you must first believe it!
Brianna Ruelas is a Dallas Based Performing Artist Consultant, Realty TV Music Coach, Online Course Creator, and Best Selling Author to Make Reality TV Your Reality. Brianna has fronted her own rock band and experienced the reality television craze in its early days, as a Top 100 finalist on American Idol, Season 4. Acting as a restaurant owner with husband Victor Hugo has also been a huge contributor to Brianna’s entrepreneurial journey and she passes along these business strategies to her clients. Brianna is passionate about supporting her clients to personal and professional success & helping them maximize online business strategies inside their music careers.
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