Ever have the kind of dream where

What about you? As a musician, do you ever have the kind of dream where you’re unprepared?

Not the kind where you walk out on stage to play a concerto and find you prepared the wrong one. (That actually happened to pianist Maria João Pires!).

And not the kind where you walk out on stage naked.

Nope, I’m talking about the kind of dream where you’re not ready for what’s coming.

The other morning I woke up from one of those. In my dream, I was about to do a coaching session with a string quartet. Not on their career issues, goal setting, or promo materials—that would have been fine.

But on the first Schumann quartet.

Ever have the kind of dream where . . .

You only have a pocket score and are hunting for a pencil. The quartet is there crowded into your room. They’re all set up and ready to start. And you’re supposed to be their coach.

That was the scenario of my dream.

Now keep in mind, I haven’t “officially” coached chamber music in something like 30 years. And though in my deep dark past I played a fair amount of Schumann, I never played that particular quartet. So even the “me” in my dream was surprised that this was happening.

And I didn’t even get to find out how the quartet sounded or what I ended up working on with them—because my alarm went off just as they were getting ready to play.

But in the moments before the alarm went off, when I didn’t know what I’d do with the quartet, this much was clear. That I was going for it. I’m proud that in my dream I wasn’t panicking or apologizing. That I was in effect, saying YES to the challenge in front of me.

I don’t know what my unconscious was actually trying to tell me in this dream. But here’s my own interpretation . . . (And any dream analysts out there, I’d love to know what you think).

What your unconscious is saying

To me, the dream seems to be about heading into unknown territory. The sense I have is that it was telling me to “expect the unexpected.” That in the coming bumpy months I’ll need to rely on all my skills and intuition—and trust that I can handle what’s coming.

As 2020 comes to a close, there’s a LOT of uncertainty about the new year. We’re ALL headed into uncharted territory.

Even if you’ve never had the kind of dream where you face the unexpected, try out the following questions to . . .

Strengthen your creative resilience

1. What do you think will best help you navigate the unknown territory ahead?

2. What skills and attitude will you call forth to make 2021 a growth year?

3. How well do you trust yourself to find new opportunities in the new reality?

I’d love to hear from you!

Please post your response in our FREE MusiciansMakingIt FB group and discuss all this in our weekly FB Lives, Tuesdays at 12 noon ET—see you then!

And if you’d like to find out how getting expert coaching can help you bring more of your best work into the world, let’s talk.

Looking forward,

Dream Big, Plan Smart, Live Well


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