What do golf swings and music careers have in common? Let me tell you . . .
This week I’m in Coronado and my morning walk along the Bay takes me on a path that borders a golf course.
The other morning, in between marveling at the play of light on the water, and witnessing a great blue heron finding its breakfast, I also got to see one beautiful golf swing.
I’m not a fan of the sport. I know diddly about golf.
But I’ve walked this route many times and I’ve seen a fair number of people’s golf swings. You get used to seeing the preparation: the elaborate positioning. There’s the eyeing the ball, the moment of focused concentration, and that waggle of hind quarters to balance and limber up the hips.
Then there’s the backswing and the brief pause before the decisive action. The swift downswing, the thwack of the club on the ball—and then the follow-though. What happens in the hips, torso, shoulders, arms, and club.
I don’t watch the ball. I watch the follow-through.
It turns out you can tell everything about the shot from the follow-through.
And this morning I saw something special:
One. Beautiful. Swing.
It stood out because you could tell it was just right from the follow-through. I can almost play it in slo-mo in my mind’s eye now.
The downswing follow-through leading to the twisting in the torso, with the shoulders and the arms completing the motion all the way through to the angle of the club at the finish—everything was in sync.
From where I was I couldn’t see the distance the ball traveled or where it landed. I didn’t have to.
The swing was whole. The set-up and focus matched the intention and energy—as did the action and follow-through. It was complete.
We don’t encounter truly excellent work all that often. So when we do it stands out.
And that’s when it clicked: the connection between golf swings and music careers.
As musicians, we spend most of our time and focus on preparation and set-up. On training, practice, and rehearsals. That’s the equivalent of eyeing the ball, the hip-waggle, and the backswing.
But our careers are all about putting the preparation to work—getting out there and creating opportunities. It comes down to taking beautiful swings—taking actions that are aligned with your goals.
All the preparation you’ve done comes to nothing if you can’t follow-through with consistent actions to move your career forward. It’s sending out pitches and proposals, launching initiatives, taking risks, and putting yourself out there.
Not just doing it when you’re in the mood and motivated, but daily. That’s what being a pro means.
Simple. But not easy. Especially if you’re on your own.
Advancing your career can be a lonely slog. But it doesn’t have to be.
Every one of us has one or more “problem” area in our career.
Some of us have trouble staying focused on what needs to be tackled next. We’re distracted by the next shiny object, or by our own negative self-talk.
Others have trouble staying motivated to do the work outside our comfort zones. Whether it’s networking, email pitches, fundraising, or anything else.
And still others are challenged by the need to make and keep a commitment to do the work consistently, day in and day out.
Wherever in the golf swing of your career you’re most challenged, I invite you to consider how getting expert coaching in a small group setting might help you get and stay on track.
Would you like a personalized roadmap and a support structure to help you make real traction your career—to finally become the artist you are meant to be?
There are just a couple of spots open in the Beyond Talent Power Group program starting April 2020.
What’s a Power Group?
It’s you joining me and three fellow musicians in a dynamic forward-leaning six-month small group coaching program.
We will meet online on Zoom every other week for group coaching sessions twelve times over the course of six months. During each session, you will have 30 minutes of laser-focused coaching with me where we’ll work through the next action items on your plate and trouble shoot whatever might be a sticking point.
The added advantage you’ll gain is that you’ll be doing this in the context of a small group. So you’ll get to listen, watch, and learn as your group mates also problem solve and advance their careers. The group energy and support is what compounds the learning and energizes the progress of Power Group members.
The essentials: Beyond Talent Power Group (small group coaching)
- 12 small group coaching sessions over the course of our empowered six months together.
- Twice monthly additional ‘office hour’ sessions in our private online FB group.for copy-editing feedback on your promo materials.
- Simple email support from me between sessions. Got a quick question? I’ve got you covered.
- Unparalleled support from me and your fellow Beyond Talent Power Group mates.
- A personalized roadmap and strategies designed to boost your career and your artistry.
Who’s it for?
- Professional musicians ready to invest in their careers and in themselves.
- People who are used to self-managing their careers and are looking for ways to improve their approach and results.
- Musicians who are ready to do the necessary work to change their habits and mindset.
- People prepared to devote consistent focused time (at least 10 hours per week) to do the necessary work to move ahead.
Who’s it NOT for?
- Students and recent grads. If you’re still (or recently) in school, this program is not for you. It’s for active experienced professionals.
- It’s also for not for musicians who are unclear about the project they want to focus on.
- And it’s not for musicians looking for someone to magically propel their careers forward. Just to be clear: I’m a coach. Not a booking agent, manager, or publicist. My mission is to help you become better at managing your own career.
What to expect from me
I teach clients how to level up their promo materials, their networking, the productivity, and their mindset so they can get more of their best work out into the world.
I offer clients a system and a set of tools that takes the guesswork out of advancing their careers . . .
. . . and together we custom-tailor a roadmap to reach their specific goals.
Now’s your opportunity to improve the golf swing of your career. Here’s what’s needed.
The Beyond Talent Power Group requires a commitment from you. Expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours each week on your personal career roadmap work.
The investment for the 2020 Power Group program is $350 per month with a 6 month commitment.
Members take advantage of the pay-in-full option savings or pay by the month.
If you’re ready to say “YES” to forward motion, schedule a time to talk to see if you’re a fit for the program HERE.
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