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April 21, 2011
Artist Career Breakthrough: Your Current Reality Is Old News!
(By the way, this principle also applies to writers, visual artists, stage performers, and artistic entrepreneurs of all kinds.)
A quick story to explain this ...
When I was in eighth grade, I became fascinated with astronomy as I learned about the vastness of the cosmos.
One thing that blew my mind was the idea that whenever you look up into a twinkling, star-filled night sky, you are actually looking into the past.
Yes, the past.
The light that is hitting your eyeballs was emitted from those stars years ago -- some many thousands of years ago. What you are seeing is the state of the galaxies long ago.
It's old news!
The same concept applies to your current status as a songwriter, musician, artist manager, or promoter.
The real-world details of your reality are a reflection of stuff that was set into motion in the past.
Your circumstances today are a direct result of the ideas you thought, the emotions you felt, the decisions you made, and the actions you took days, weeks and months ago -- and sometimes, years and decades ago.
That's what I mean when I say, "Your current reality is old news."
The reason this is such an important thing to comprehend is this ...
Most musicians and creative people get stuck in the NOW. "What you see is what you get," they say.
Your current struggles are real and seem so solid and permanent. Your current level of success seems stalled at a plateau that can't be overcome. I've been there. We all have. And it can be frustrating.
When you wallow in that frustration, you're focusing on old news -- stuff that exists today because of what you did yesterday. And, staying in the energy of "what is" will only keep you stuck there longer.
Remember, where you are is a result of what you thought, felt and did months and years ago. So, logic would tell you that what you are thinking, feeling and doing now is paving the way for where you will end up in the not so distant future.
That's where I encourage you to live, create, and act from -- the very real state of where you are going (instead of where you are or where you've been).
This idea may seem "out there" or a little "woo woo" to you. But give it some thought. There's a part of your brain and soul that knows the truth of it.
My question to you:
What light are you emitting now -- right now -- that will be vibrantly visible to the eye in the months and years ahead?
Live and pursue your career from the perspective of where you are going ... and you will see things develop and materialize much quicker.
I welcome your comments below.
The images above are by David DeHetre and Karoly Czifra.
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