This week, we’re going philosophical to examine a question of identity — yours.
One of the effects of the lockdown, the riots, and all the cancelled concerts is that many of us are facing uncomfortable questions we haven’t taken the time to address before. Questions like . . .
“Who am I?” (Spending a lot of time cooped up will do that to you.)
“Do my actions reflect my real values?”
“The music I make—who’s it for?
“Does what I do as a musician matter?”
“What’s the change I seek to make in the world through my music?”
These same questions of identity and purpose have shown up in the work I do with my clients.
For Linda, it’s meant finally looking at long-term plans
With a client I’ll call Linda, she’s shifted from her habitual short-term focus on the next gig and grant, to looking at her larger mission.
Many of us avoid thinking long-term because it’s so easy to get into the place of feeling like we’ll never achieve what we’d hoped to. But as we’re now all hyper-aware that life is short, it’s become impossible to ignore the elephant in the room.
And you know what? I think Linda is actually relieved to now be looking at her big picture goals. Because she’s making the changes needed so that her actions are aligned with her values.
This has also led Linda to rework the “about” page on her site so that it more fully addresses who she really is, what she offers, and why she makes music. Our conversations have been full of new insights she’s gained in the process, and a new energy for the work ahead. Not to mention a more confident identity. Linda’s not “hiding” any more.
The wakeup call of now
I know, it’s awful that it’s taken a pandemic and riots to get there, but this time we’re in is a huge wake up call. The way I see it, as musicians, we need to be a part of the solution—we need to be putting forth our best.
With no more “business as usual,” we all have the opportunity to clarify goals and create new habits.
For Ben, it finally came down to making a commitment
With a client I’ll call Ben, the major issue that the past few months have revealed is one of commitment. To the daily work on his music and his career. For Ben, without his usual structure and schedule, days and weeks were getting away from him.
So together we worked on a custom schedule and plan to help with motivation and consistent work habits. So that he could get and stay in forward motion. Simple. Not easy.
But because Ben was willing to experiment and follow through, he’s found a plan that’s working. He’s learning to trust himself to make and keep commitments to himself. This is changing his sense of self. His new identity is more confident and action oriented.
Of course, there’s no one size fits all method. But the three things that I’ve found are game changes for many musicians are: getting expert music career feedback, accountability, and support.
What about you — what’s working for you?
I’m asking because A) I’m nosy.
And B) If you have a hunch that having expert feedback, accountability, and support would help, there are just a few remaining openings in the next round of my Beyond Talent Power Group program starting in July. One of them could be yours.
It’s my signature small group coaching program that offers the advantage of one-on-one music career coaching in a supportive small group coaching environment so you can get the targeted help you need to gain the career traction you desire.
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