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How To Overcome Procrastination

All the self-help books that I read and listened to taught me that knowledge is only potential power, and the key distinction that creates miracles is taking action.

Goal setting taught me to define what I wanted and to dream big, but then I struggled between lying on the couch reading more books, and getting to work on my goals.

Paralyzed by fear of the unknown, failure, rejection, success, and reluctant to get out of my comfort zone, I then set out to master overcoming procrastination.

I read lots of books on the subject, mixed them with my own insights, then I got into motion and kept the momentum going.

This is critical – once you get started on a project, keep on keepin’ on as they say because it’s a lot easier than stopping and starting again.

A great tip is to just get started working on your goal for fifteen minutes to half an hour – that’s all it takes to start building the skills and confidence to break through your fears.

Another tip is to meditate and internalize all the reasons why you choose to accomplish your goal. Life is full of choices, so decide if you really want to do it or not, if yes then commit to it, and if not then guiltlessly cut it loose.

The third tip is to balance your work with play by scheduling to recharge with friends and family, or to just do your own thing and taste deeply from the fruits of your labor.

It’s often in our times of relaxation when we come up with new ideas, insights, and can improve on our plan in our imagination.

One of the best self-help lessons I ever learned, inadvertently came from an interview that I read with the legendary guitarist Tony Iommi where he said, “you’ve got to learn to walk before you can run.”

First, I applied it to my guitar playing, then because I saw how universally applicable and simple it was, I applied it to everything else that I wanted to learn.

It’s genius lies in the fact that when we dream big dreams, we can get overwhelmed by how much we have to do and learn.

Eventually, I added to it and changed it to, “you’ve got to learn to crawl before you can walk, to walk before you can run, and to run before you can… fly like the wind.”

So at the beginning of any project, just get started slowly, break it down into steps, and chip away at the stone until your masterpiece is unfolded.

Now you know how to find your purpose, how to start working on it, and next time I’ll show you how to stay determined.

I’ll be back, – The Unknown Musician.

 

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Let Your Soul Shine

“When You Can’t Find The Light, That Got You Through A Cloudy Day”*

Throughout my life there has often been an ongoing struggle between my intentions, goals, hopes, and dreams, and my fears, doubts, and negative thoughts.

I didn’t just study self-help books because the black clouds were rollin’ in, I studied them because I knew that there had to be more to my life – a purpose for the insanity of it all.

Along the way I not only discovered the universal laws of mind, but also the various states and attitudes of mind that when consciously directed and harnessed rocked my world.

“When The Stars Ain’t Shinin’ Bright, You Feel Like You Lost Your Way”*

It’s true that all of my greatest accomplishments took imagination, desire, and disciplined action, but after a great idea was sent to me out of the ether, my spirit needed to be inspired by the gods with enthusiasm.

By tapping into this source of power at will, you become like a magnet that radiates attractive forces in all directions, and you influence those who enter into your force field of energy.

This power comes from deep within, from inside your soul. I’ve written much about a positive mental attitude, and second only to gratitude, the best way to get a PMA is through the power of enthusiasm.

“When Those Candle Lights Of Home, Burn So Very Far Away”*

No one has ever attained success without it, and no one ever will because there’s no internal power that compares to the right sort of enthusiasm in making your dreams come true.

Few people realize its value, but those who do, use it as an impetus to accomplish great things. Everyone has it potentially, yet most don’t stoke their desires intensely enough by believing in themselves.

Enthusiasm breeds optimism which in turn builds confidence, faith, determination, and perseverance. It’s also contagious because an enthusiastic person vibrates with an aura of success.

“Hey Now People Don’t Mind, We All Feel This Way Sometime”*

Without enthusiasm your efforts can often be wasted and your results impaired. The trick to mastering it is to develop your standards such that you always do your best.

If you do your best, even if things don’t turn out as you hoped, you were still victorious by reaching the finish line. And along the way, you became so much more than you were before, so you truly did succeed because you now have what it takes inside for the next time.

Whereas conversely, when you quit or never even get started, that nagging feeling of what could have been will always haunt you for the rest of your days subconsciously.

“You Gotta Let Your Soul Shine… Shine ‘Til The Break Of Day”*

Fix your mind upon the goal, and shake off those doubts, fears, and negative thoughts that always seem to rear their ugly heads. Chase them away when you hear them calling, and soon it will become a habit.

Remember that true heroism is enduring for one more moment in the face of adversity. And it’s in that moment that the winners and losers are separated.

“And When Your World Seems Cold, You Got To Let Your Spirit Take Control”*

No one is dead as long as their heart beats, and no one has lost the struggle within as long as they have some fight left in them. And more often than not it’s just one more moment when the enemies of doubt, fear, and negativity release their hold and drop back beaten.

And that my friends, is one of life’s greatest treasures – to taste deeply from the fruits of your labors for having done your best. For that’s when your soul shines its brightest for all the world to see.

“You Gotta Let Your Soul Shine… Shine ‘Til The Break Of Day”*

Vaya con dios, – The Unknown Musician.

Quotes – The Allman Brothers Band“Soulshine”

 

 

 

 

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Beethoven & The Blind Girl

“Assume A Virtue, If You Have It Not”*

In the context in which I’m using it here, a virtue can be any empowering feeling or emotion that enhances your abilities. In this example – enthusiasm.

It takes enthusiasm to succeed in most worthwhile endeavours, and the lack thereof can doom you to failure before you even begin, or at least guarantee mediocrity.

By using the law of assumption, you assume a state of mind, then act accordingly, then your subconscious mind kicks in along with universal laws, and soon you are one with the feeling.

In Pushing To The Front {<Free Copy} Orison Swett Marden shares a story that I love from the biography of Beethoven. It’s about how the great composer came to write my favorite classical piece “Moonlight Sonata”. It’s also a great example of the power of enthusiasm.

“One moonlight evening in winter, we were walking through a narrow street of Bonn. ‘Hush!’ said the great composer, suddenly pausing before a little, mean dwelling, ‘what sound is that? It is from my Sonata in F. Hark! how well it is played.’

“In the midst of the finale there was a break, and a sobbing voice cried: ‘I cannot play anymore. It is so beautiful; it is utterly beyond my power to do it justice. Oh, what would I give to go to the concert at Cologne!’

‘Ah! my sister’, said a second voice; ‘why create regrets when there is no remedy? We can scarcely pay our rent.’ ‘You are right,’ said the first voice , ‘ and yet I wish for once in my life to hear some really good music. But it is of no use.’

“‘ Let us go in,’ said Beethoven. ‘Go in!’ I said; ‘what should we go in for?’ ‘I will play to her,’ replied Beethoven in an excited tone; ‘here is feeling, – genius, – understanding! I will play to her, and she will understand it.

‘Pardon me,’ Beethoven said as he opened the door and saw a young man sitting by a table, mending shoes, and a young girl leaning sorrowfully upon an old-fashioned piano; ‘I heard music and was tempted to enter. I am a musician. I – I also overheard something of what you said. You wish to hear – that is, you would like – that is – shall I play for you?’

“‘Thank you,’ said the shoemaker, ‘but our piano is so wretched, and we have no music.’

”No music!’ said the composer; ‘how, then, does the young lady – I – I entreat your pardon,’ he added, stammering as he saw that the girl was blind; ‘I had not perceived before. Then you play by ear? But where do you hear the music, since you frequent no concerts?’

“‘We lived at Bruhl for two years; and, while there, I used to hear a lady practicing near us. During the summer evenings her windows were generally open, and I walked to and fro outside to listen to her.’

“Beethovem seated himself at the piano. Never, during all the years I knew him, did I hear him play better than to that blind girl and her brother. Even the old instrument seemed inspired. The young man and woman sat as if entranced by the magical, sweet sounds that flowed out upon the air in rhythmical swell and cadence, until, suddenly, the flame of the single candle wavered, sank, flickered, and went out. The shutters were thrown open, admitting a flood of brilliant moonlight, but the player paused, as if lost in thought.

“‘Wonderful man!’ said the shoemaker in a low tone; ‘who and what are you?’

“‘Listen!’ replied the master, and he played the opening bars of the Sonata in F. ‘Then you are Beethoven!’ burst from the young people in delighted recognition. ‘Oh, play to us once more,’ they added, as he rose to go, – ‘only once more!’

“‘I will improvise a sonata to the moonlight,’ said he, gazing thoughtfully upon the liquid stars shining so softly out of the depths of a cloudless winter sky. Then he played a sad and infinitely lovely movement, which crept gently over the instrument, like the calm flow of moonlight over the earth.

This was followed by a wild, elfin passage in triple time – a sort of grotesque interlude, like the dance of the fairies upon the lawn. Then came a swift agitated ending – a breathless, hurrying, trembling movement, descriptive of flight, and uncertainty, and vague impulsive terror, which carried us away on its rustling wings, and left us all in emotion and wonder.

‘Farewell to you,’ he said, as he rose and turned toward the door. ‘You will come again? asked the hosts in a breath. ‘Yes, yes,’ said Beethoven hurriedly, ‘I will come again, and give the young lady some lessons. Farewell!’

Then to me he added: ‘Let us make haste back, that I may write out that sonata while I can yet remember it.’ We did return in haste, and not until long past the dawn of day did he rise from his table with the full score of the Moonlight Sonata in his hand.”

Can you get inside of it and feel it?

Vaya con dios,- The Unknown Musician.

Quotes – * William Shakespeare

 

 

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