For the past week I’ve seen one person and spoken to numerous people on the phone due to our wonderful lockdown by dear Boris due to the corona virus.

I asked myself the question. What  is it that empowers some musicians to keep growing while others fizzle out?

“People think I am disciplined. It is not discipline, it is devotion. There is a great difference.”Luciano Pavarotti, singer

I ‘m not sure what you think but I believe that it all depends on self motivation. I’ve noticed that self motivated people overflow with enthusiasm. If they have international status or perform locally, they are devoted to their chosen art and their listeners. They set up projects that they are excited about and see them through regardless of there outcome and continue to do so in order to progress their art.

It is my belief that we all have the potential in this changing world to elevate our creativity but in order to do so, self motivation strategies are required.

Here are some strategies I found in the book ‘The Musician’s Way by Gerald Klickstein.

I have found the below to be very interesting, might even order a copy of the book.

Fueling Internal Motivation

Clarify goals. When we enter the practice room with compelling aims in mind, our work vibrates with purpose.

Kindle devotion. Affirmations stoke our passion for music. Before practice, for instance, I might say, “I’m grateful to be able to make music.”

Inspire yourself. Habitually listen to recordings, read, attend performances, improvise, visit art museums, and go beyond familiar surroundings.

Master basic skills. Nothing motivates like success. When we build up comprehensive creative skills, we can be confident in our abilities, and then our self-assurance ignites our spirit.

Be productive. Productivity feeds motivation and vice-versa. So stick to a practice schedule and assemble a repertoire of accessible music.

Fueling External Motivation

Book performances. Arrange both public and private practice performances so that your practice sessions are geared towards toward energizing objectives.

Be generous. Share your music with those who don’t have easy access.

Set deadlines. Write down weekly goals, and pace your practice accordingly – see the Downloads page at MusiciansWay.com for free aids.

Collaborate. Musicians who team up motivate each other. Still, collaboration can be thorny, so study Chapter 6 of The Musician’s Way before you initiate a group venture.

These and other motivational strategies are explored throughout The Musician’s Way.

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