We know that having an attitude of gratitude can keep us upbeat and lessen the length and severity of the occasional pity party or fit of jealousy. Gratitude can help to keep you emotionally stable and at peace with yourself, with others, and with your surroundings. That attitude implies that you have a lot going for you, and that attitude encourages you to build on what youâ€™re grateful for.
Your singing voice and all aspects of your creativity are uniquely yours to engage. Itâ€™s all certainly influenced by others and your environment. Itâ€™s shaped by your wants and wishes, worries and wonders. An attitude of gratitude keeps you feeling both humble and highly honored to be yourself in the presence of others whose gifts are also unique.
The Gift of Giving
There is another attitude and practice that once engaged can help you survive the extreme highs, lows, and frustrating plateaus in the pursuit, development, and maintenance of your singing career. This attitude can best be summed up as one of service.
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Real success in life comes with making a difference or having an impact on others. In order for a singer to have a successful, long-lasting career, popularity and having an impact on others are obviously key. But popularity strictly for the sake of being rich and famous is entirely self-serving, and for many leads to self-destruction in the long run.
By using your gift of singing to serve, you immediately put yourself in a place that both humbles you and honors your gift. And again, this can naturally reinforce a feeling of being grateful.
Measuring your service
There is a real danger that can come if the sense of service and gratitude are not active and nurtured. You can fall prey to feelings of worthlessness if youâ€™re not getting the gigs, not getting any cuts, or have no sizable following or growing fan base.
In order to stay focused on a sense of service, you should always ask yourself questions like: what can I do to give the audience the best show possible? How can I deliver the most fully realized version of each song I sing? What do I need to work on to improve the quality of my stage presence? What is required for me to ensure that my audience is inspired or encouraged or simply feels better by seeing my show? What can I do to help out my accompanist or band members? How can I make my voice stronger?