Drive By Design Not By Default

On the road to your success you will face detours, construction zones, traffic jams, accidents, delays, and even impassable stretches that stop you in your tracks or may force you to backtrack, head home, or hit a rest stop.

Situations will likely test your will, endurance, patience, spirit, heart, confidence, motivation, and creativity. The one thing you have absolute control over is what drives you down that bumpy, often disappointing road.

The biggest stumbling block is fear. Many people are afraid of failure. The minute things seem to be going the wrong way or appear to be getting tougher to put up with, fear will often kick in as discouragement grabs the wheel. Then depression hitches a ride as it sets out to drain desire, motivation, and creativity.

The Fear Of Success

But there are also some people that fear success. The most common factor that fuels this fear is a fear of the unknown. It could be the fear of not knowing how to handle unexpected demands that come with greater expectation and responsibility.

There may be fears that your growing fan base, your manager, and your personal life want more from you or they want something different that hasn’t been clearly identified or shaped. There can also be a fear of not being good enough or not measuring up once success has begun to get underway.

Master The Learning Curves

Both failure and success are a learning experience. It is a journey of regrouping, rethinking, refocusing as you move down the road toward your success. That learning experience obviously applies to strengthening your voice to its fullest potential. Brett Manning’s signature programs, Mastering Mix, as well as Singing Success, are designed to develop the fullest potential of your voice, responsibly and reliably, without causing any damage to threaten your professional pursuits.

The best way to overcome the fear of failure or that fear of success is to let your energy be focused on perfecting and improving your performance skills. Just as your car needs to refuel, replace parts; get a tune-up, and so on, to assure you safely reach your destination, so it goes with your health, craft, and vision in your drive to success.

Checkpoints + Performance Levels

Use feedback to refuel and retool so that you perform better while enjoying the sights and scenic views along the way. Make up a list of checkpoints for assuring that your creative vehicle is running at a level of optimum performance. These checkpoints may include: budgeting, set lists of songs, networking, physical health, preparation/warm up, training, positive mindset, and feedback.

Set Goals For Control

Set at least one specific attainable goal along the way for each live performance you book or studio session you get. Do the same for each voice lesson or session, physical workout, meetings with management or potential backers, and networking.

Having a specific goal helps you be better equipped for handling setbacks, disappointments, and will lessen the impact of any fears and doubts that may temporarily raise their hands or stirs things up to distract you. Goals help you to know where you are and where you’re headed.

Markers To Gauge Success

Make a simple list of reasons for your pursuit of artistic success as a singer, singer-songwriter, player, backing vocalist, or whatever area of expertise applies. Then create markers that will help you track your progress and performance levels. Keep this handy for review at least once a week. The stronger your commitment to this simple task, the greater your ability to deal with those bumps, detours, and disappointments you’ll face.

Some of the driving factors that fuel success will likely be money, a sense of security, personal/professional achievement, recognition/the fame factor, acceptance – that universal need to be liked, and self-confidence.

Back Up For Fame + Fortune

But look beyond these for personal motivators that apply outside of the very real though clichéd pursuit of fame and fortune. Ask yourself, what do I get out of singing? What do I enjoy most about it? Your answers will factor into your performance level whether you’re rehearsing, playing out, doing a showcase, in the studio, in the shower, at a party with friends – it will help you find motivators to summon up when the gigs aren’t paying well, if at all, and your adoring fan base seems to have gotten lost on the way to your gig.

Fear is a natural part of life, but it can be dismissed by the passionate pursuit of what you love. When faced with fear or disappointment, refresh and refuel by filling up on your love for singing, performing, and improving your craft. Do that, and you your drive down the road to success will not be a journey by default but a destination by design.