Author Jim Collins is best known for his books on building good businesses into operations that become known for their greatness. Many of the principles that he sets forth in his works applies to the dreams and career pursuits of singers, performers, and singer-songwriters.
In his book, Good To Great And The Social Sectors, he says, “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.” This leads to another Collins quote that resonates with the heart and soul of every aspiring singer, artist, and everybody else on the planet.
Commitment With Confidence
“The kind of commitment I find among the best performers across virtually every field is a single-minded passion for what they do, an unwavering desire for excellence in the way they think and the way they work. Genuine confidence is what launches you out of bed in the morning, and through your day with a spring in your step.” – Jim Collins, Good To Great
So, here is your assignment to help you move from good to great. Based on his statement above create a contract for commitment with yourself to pursue your career. This will help to hold you accountable and to offer support for your journey. Look at the key words in this statement such as passion, commitment, desire, excellence, confidence – you might want to also create a mission statement that summarizes your contract and desire to make a lasting impression as a great singer, songwriter, performer, or artist.
Extend Your Contract
But don’t stop there; take it one more step by creating a contract with someone you can hold accountable while they also keep you in line. And since there can be strength in numbers, you might even consider forming a small group of singers and other artists, with the main purpose being accountability for making and meeting commitments.
Singing is often both exhilarating and exhausting. It engages the emotions, the heart and soul along with the mind and body. So, fatigue on various levels can set in. That fatigue can lead to a reluctance to follow through or even take risks when it’s advisable. It may also create situations where you take risks when you’re not fully prepared. Remember that news about making a bad impression or having a horrible performance sadly spreads more quickly and more widely than the buzz from a good performance. But word of a great performance can just as readily spread like wildfire.
By contracting with others it makes you want to do well – sometimes to impress them and other times to simply not let them down. It invites encouragement, competitiveness, discipline, as well as the desire to learn and grow. Contracting with yourself keeps you in touch with goals and desires and fuels your passionate pursuit of your dreams.
Generate Opportunities For Each Other
Another advantage with making the group contract is that collectively you can open doors for each other, teach one another, as well as refine each others’ performances and skills. It can even lead to some showcasing opportunities for the circles of connect that come from your commitment to greatness.
The possibilities are only limited by the level of your commitment. Maybe you’ll never become a big recording star, but with this passionate journey of commitment to excellence, you’ll find real, lasting success.