What exactly are Affirmations? Affirmations are sentences that one repeats habitually, to change one's mindset, thought process and habits permanently.
What we say to ourselves has a big impact on how we grow as an artist. What we tell ourselves about what we can and cannot do, actually dictates what we can and cannot do.
A great example of positive Affirmations is Muhammad Ali, before he was great he repeated "I'm the greatest!” over and over to himself and anyone that would listen that He repeated it so much that he believed it with every fiber of his being. What he said became him, and eventually, he did become the greatest. Muhammad Ali literally became what he said. Muham He was his own cheerleader, when he was down he talked himself up. If he made a mistake he didn’t talk negatively, he reminded himself he's the greatest, and even the greatest makes mistakes.
" What you say you become” -Unknown
A PLOS ONE research study from Carnegie Mellon University provides the evidence that self-affirmation can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problem-solving performance. You can use affirmations to start programming yourself to be confident and successful in everything you do, simply by repeatedly telling yourself who you want to be, what you want to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it. With enough repetition, your subconscious mind will begin to believe what you tell it, act upon it, and eventually, manifest it in your reality. (Read the book the Miracle Morning see link on happy reads page)
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right either way.” - Henry Ford
So can you talk your way into being an amazing musician? Not exactly, but you can talk your way to thinking like an amazing musician. Having a great mindset is a surefire way to help you be an amazing musician. The most successful people in the world use affirmations. They apply affirmations daily, from how they get ready in the morning to how they conduct themselves during billion dollar deals.
So how can you use Affirmations?
Step 1) Write down what you really want Write down what type of musician you want to be. Write your vision of the end goal you have as a musician.
Step 2) Write down your Purpose Write down a clearly defined purpose for step 1. This is important because without a clearly defined purpose you can easily be discouraged and lose your focus.
Step 3) Write down what you need to do Write down what you need to do to obtain your vision. Example: I will complete 20 mins of conditioning exercises every day at 11:00 am. Example: I will give up Starbucks for 30 days to purchase the music accessories I need.
Step 4) Write your Affirmation Use what you wrote in step 1-3 to write your affirmation. Repeat your affirmation every day out loud. When you say your affirmation out loud your subconscious will start to believe it. One very important thing; you must emotionally invest in your affirmations and believe them to be true for them to work. Example: I am a committed hard working musician, I have the God-given ability to be the musician I want to be. I will push past my shyness and self-doubt to build new, positive and beneficial connection with other musicians that are in line with my vision.
Investing in affirmations just like you do in your practice, will bring you to the vision of the musician you want to be.
I look forward to hearing how affirmations have worked for you.
Your Happy Musician