Weekly Trumpet Tips 7/1/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

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Tip #1 – We Fear The BEST Thing For Us!

This first tip comes from (once again) my own experiences and my very own lessons in music and life!  We tend to create a paralyzing fear of making mistakes, or in music – sounding bad.  While I’ve given examples in the past of my train wrecks on stage, I share them because I am trying my best to not run from them or be stopped by them any longer.  But rather, embrace them, learn and move on.  The truth of the matter is that if someone were so perfect that they never made mistakes, they would lack the real world skills of knowing how to deal with the inevitable.  Studio magic, and auto-tune has helped create a false perception for a great many action figures that parade around as “artists.”

In my own analyzation of things, we learn to fear mistakes because at some point or another someone either got angry because we made a mistake or someone poked fun of us and it made us question our individuality and learning style or abilities.  Whether it be striking out in a game, playing wrong notes in a song, or stumbling over words during a speech… that fear becomes absolutely huge.  Yet, without those same exact kind of mistakes, the true greats would have never learned how to recover from future mistakes and turn them into something grand.

I see this scary trait in young kids today… they seem to shut down and ball up if they make a mistake.  They just quit… and that’s not a good life lesson at all.  Because once again, we can’t all be winners 100% of the time, and we can’t be perfect… “perfect” to me is an opinion, not a true state of being!

Tip #2 – Give Yourself A Pat On The Back!

This tip kind of couples with the tip above… I think all too often we get SO caught up in the hard stuff that we’re working on that we forget to give ourselves a little personal gratitude for even daring to take a tough journey!  I notice that when I stop being grateful for the courage to be on this path, and become harsh with myself over not “getting it” fast enough, my progress tumbles backward.

I’m not saying to be a cocky or an arrogant person… in fact most things that I refer to can simply be “thought” vs. verbalized.  But I think that if we don’t treat ourselves with kindness first, it becomes difficult to pass that on to others!

Be proud that you’re on a tough journey… because for every step you take, there are others who have stopped in that exact same spot feeling it was never going to happen for them, and giving up was a better solution!

“Never forget that failure isn’t bad. Failure isn’t final. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from achieving the success you deserve. If you’re struggling, keep hustling. Keep taking at least one big action step each day.”

Craig Ballantyne
Editor of EarlyToRise.com

Have a GREAT week!