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April 21, 2011

Artist Career Breakthrough: Your Current Reality Is Old News!

The title of this post is not a joke. Your current reality is old news. Especially when it comes to the state of your music career.

(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.

But ...

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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posted by Bob Baker @ 9:51 AM   16 comments


At Apr 21, 2011, 12:03:00 PM, Blogger Trip Jeezy said...

Inspiring stuff as always, Bob. Thanks.

At Apr 21, 2011, 1:01:00 PM, Anonymous Wicked D said...

Very good, Bob! I can actually relate this to the difference between self promotion and self adulation.

Self promotion being the art of spreading ideas, concepts, and a greater vision, whereas, self adulation is the promotion of accomplishments. Basically, deeds that have already been done.

Bands you've "shared" the stage with, or "battle of the bands" you've won are truly meaningless stats. Shift your focus to writing (and achieving) goals & plans to ensure a sustainable future within the music industry!

At Apr 21, 2011, 1:05:00 PM, Anonymous John Pointer said...

Not only is my current reality really old news, but the light I started shining into the future is even older: A 21st-century version of the Renaissance practice of patronage: Musicians make music. Patrons make music happen. Imagine if Radiohead had given the option to pay-what-you-feel for a subscription to an ongoing stream of content rather than a single download...

At Apr 21, 2011, 1:07:00 PM, Anonymous Linda Kerby said...

This is a wonderful example of how perspective can effect your attitude. It's inspiring, and very optimistic.
I have worked with many patients who have "present mentality", that is, they cannot see how their previous behavior brought them to where they are now, nor how their present behavior will effect their future. They are sad and frustrated people.
I feel very fortunate that I can see the whole spectrum and use that information to grow and learn.

At Apr 22, 2011, 1:03:00 PM, Blogger inisounda said...

This is some off the planet article,Bob. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! It is like when you explain it along the cosmic way, I understand better…laugh. Okay, I shall pause for a cause. Tonight or the next time I look into the dark sky, I will use the time to think of the now and how to better move forward in my life. Fly high.
Craig Sounda

At Apr 22, 2011, 5:54:00 PM, Blogger Lee Mueller said...

I read this article just now, but realize you wrote it back then. And you may be reading this comment now, but actually I wrote this then.

At Apr 26, 2011, 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Christina Horn said...

this is called visualizing! YOu must be able to see your own future clearly to live it!

Thanks BOB! beautiful!

At Apr 27, 2011, 4:06:00 PM, Blogger Tom said...

We are like the stars. We put out light that takes time to be seen. So I heartily agree with Mr. Baker's encouraging concept.

At Apr 30, 2011, 9:21:00 AM, Blogger Rob Rodell said...

I just love Bob! He's the Yoda of music marketing - always makes you feel better while challenging you...

At May 4, 2011, 5:42:00 PM, Anonymous oneness said...

Tru talk Bob. Thanks

At May 4, 2011, 10:15:00 PM, Anonymous Ines Kembel said...

real talk Bob. Absolutely no "woo woo" for me. :-) Things in my life started to change when I made the change within. Thank you for sharing.

At May 22, 2011, 11:28:00 AM, Blogger UR S MAN Sam Reeves said...

may seem to simple to overlook since today and todays emotions speak louder than what we put in motion today! thanks Bob helped me keeping the right mix in putting what I'm putting out there in the lead....say to myself now hear this.....

At Jan 14, 2012, 10:15:00 AM, Anonymous Leanne Regalla said...

Really great stuff, Bob and absolutely true! I'm in a crazy transitionary place in my career right now and it's really tough sometimes because I have so many plates in the air. You've reminded me that the frustration is only temporary. Thanks!

At Apr 5, 2012, 2:25:00 AM, Blogger Peter C. Knickles said...

20 years to get here. 6 More to get where I want to be. A bunch more to get closer and then poof! I am the past. That's OK because I learned a long time ago, forever, is only a split moment longer then your last breath. That thought grounds me, in a great way to the moment I just took a new breath from. Thanks for reminding me Bob. Your Old Friend, -peter

At Jun 22, 2012, 2:40:00 PM, Anonymous Chuck Hughes said...

So true- and not easy to break the inertia and get off the treadmill!

At Sep 21, 2012, 7:44:00 AM, Blogger Shad Jones said...

Great article reminds me of the landmark forum I took last April. Our brain is a muscle we have to train to do the things we want. It's fun & creative to do so from the future then the past since the brain already knows the result.


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