Change Your Thoughts. Change Your Mind. Change Your Life.
There. I said it.
Or should I say… were nerds. Their exterior may have a new shine to it now; calm, cool and collected. But on the inside, well that's a different story.
Let's face it, many of us became musicians to try and break free from those nerdy chains that bound us. We were introspective, overly shy and awkward kids, not quite knowing our place. But then we found something we loved, music. We embraced a niche that suited our passions, latched on to it and poured everything we had into truly being a part of it.
You grew up. You became cool. You played in a bunch of bands and experienced a modicum of twenty-something success. In fact, you even had a few groupies. But deep down inside, those insecurities still lurked, buried beneath layers of cool.
And then when you wanted success the most, you just couldn't take things any further. You couldn't get out of playing the same old house parties. You booked club shows, but no one really showed up. You bought boxes of t-shirts, only to sell a handful. Perhaps you had some internal band fights, lost a couple of members and had to start the long and arduous task of searching for new players.
And that's when it happened. The Inner-Nerd reappeared. The self-doubting pessimist. The why-is-the-world-against-me, shy Nerd. And guess who he brought with him? Mr. Negativity.
And so began the the fight within yourself. You became your worst enemy, constantly telling yourself that no one cares, no one will ever listen to your music, no one will ever visit your website or go to your shows, no one will ever book your band for a cool festival appearance… no one with any clout in the industry will ever want to work with you. But you kept on going, because that's all you knew... despite being totally consumed with negative, self-loathing thoughts that made you bitter towards everyone and everything.
But here's the thing that most people don't realize; those crazy, self-doubting and fearful thoughts are biological. They happen to all of us. In fact, they're actually left over evolutionary relics from the ancient lizard brain that still resides within our thick skull. Seriously. I'm not kidding. It's the oldest part of your brain, and it's called the amygdala.
These pesky thoughts must be changed in order for your to move forward with positivity and success in your life. But believe it or not, those dark thoughts can be easily duped and reprogrammed. You can trick your amygdala into making those feelings disappear!
The first step is to simply be conscious of them. When you catch yourself thinking crazy shit like this, just tell yourself to snap out of it and knock it off. Now, that may be easier said than done, but just being aware of them is half the battle.
Once you're aware of these old lizard brain thoughts, use positive affirmations to reassure yourself, "I'm happy, positive and full of vibrant energy! I am master of my universe! Nothing can stop me from achieving my goals!"
Think of the most fantastic, exhilarating, or happiest moment of your life. Got it? Now multiply that times a thousand, or ten thousand. Or a million. Be ridiculous. The more extreme and exaggerated your thoughts and imagery are, the better. You CAN change your emotions. And when you do this, it causes automatic sensations of pleasure and peace of mind... allowing you to move on with the important task at hand; achieving your goals.
If you can control your perceptions, you can control your reality.
Chances are that if you feel like you're stuck in a rut, it's due to the negative energy you're consumed with and are putting out into the world. I'm not saying those feelings might not be valid, but they certainly aren't doing you any good. They're standing in the way of you overcoming a temporary situation. After all, if you're filled with self-doubt you clearly won't be concentrating on your goals. And if you're filled with negative emotions, they will undoubtedly affect others around you... who in turn may not want to work with you because of your shitty vibe (or at the very least, won't be inspired and they'll have zero motivation because of your blah attitude).
Be conscious of your thoughts. Focus on positive energy.
Change your thoughts, change your mind, change your life.
You are what you think.
Manifest your destiny!
— Brian Thompson
This post is 100% original content, but it was inspired by the book: The Nerdist Way, How To Reach The Next Level (In Real Life), by Chris Hardwick. http://nerdist.com/nerdistway