Bring it on, 2014!
Are you getting tired of walking eagerly into your performance and walking disappointingly out of it? One of the biggest causes of this common performance experience is that we get in our own way. I know I still catch myself backstage worrying about those two or five places where I could really mess it up.
I think everyone worries before they perform. The great performers are different in how quickly they notice they are thinking destructively, and how strongly they replace those thoughts with better ones. The greatest performers in the world might have a half-second-long choice of concern, but then they decide to:
1. Choose well - Believe in the work they’ve done, and/or
2. Remember they can always do better tomorrow, but right now, backstage, is NOT the time to worry about work they haven’t done, so let go and go back to point #1.
3. Read their inspirational sheet that has words and drawings that inspire a trusting naive state of optimism - things like, “They want you to play well.” and “Don’t ask - TELL!” and “Make the decision easy for them!” and “Get out of your way - Get into your opportunity!”
“No one can make you feel anything without your consent.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
This is a wonderful quote that helps me remember no one can make me scared. I do my best work when I remember I’m responsible for my choices. I choose to fear. No one and no situation can make me nervous. I choose to get nervous, and I can choose to focus on better things too…
This quote also reminds me that no one else can make me feel inspired and optimistic. I have to choose for myself to believe in the work I’m doing, the performance I’m about to give, and the audience for whom I’m about to perform. When I do this, I end up getting out of my way so that I can focus on what I need to do to perform my best. Sure, it can be better tomorrow, but I have to let go of that fact now and use the work I’ve done up until this performance as best I can. When I’m believing in myself, I can best focus on what I need and thus execute my performance as close as possible to my best abilities.
...the next one is January 11 and 12 at Siegfried’s Call in Beacon New York!
I wish you beautiful pondering, celebrating, mourning, and learning over your 2013 and exciting dreaming, planning, and fearless performance for YOUR 2014!
Learn. Love Well. Let Go.
Please comment on this blog and let me know your what, how, and WHY you're diving in in 2014!
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