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Episode 127 - Belief Is Everything

Friday, April 07, 2023

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In this episode, Jared discusses the importance of belief in oneself and in the process of achieving one's goals. He shares how many musicians struggle with believing in themselves, which ultimately holds them back from booking gigs or taking the necessary actions to achieve their goals. He emphasizes the importance of definiteness of purpose and having a burning desire to achieve what one wants. He encourages listeners to think deeply about whether they believe they are worthy of the things they want and to work on changing any beliefs that may be preventing them from achieving their goals. This episode is a must-listen for any musician looking to improve their mindset and achieve success in their music career.

Best Quote

"But, you know, there's something that's still holding you back. And I think, for many of us, it's it's that belief, belief in ourselves, belief that we're worthy of the goals that we set out for ourselves."


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Hey, what's up Gigging Pros! Its Jared Judge, welcome back to another episode of The Gigging Musician Podcast.

Today, I want to chat about something very, very important that I haven't really chatted much about before. But it is kind of the thing, that once you get this in order, everything else becomes easier.

And for me that thing is belief. And I'm not talking about religious beliefs or anything like that I'm talking about belief in yourself, and belief in the process. So I talked about this because I was chatting with a couple musicians recently.

And we, like, I love to get real, and get deep about things and ask them like, what is holding you back? Why are you essentially pulling your punches.

And basically, what it boils down to is they didn't and might still not fully believe in themselves. And how this affects them is that they don't book the gigs that they want, because they don't do the actions that are required to get those gigs, simply because they don't believe that they deserve them.

Or they don't believe in their ability to do the things that they need to do to get them. And so this belief thing is everything it starts like it literally kicks off the process. If you believe in yourself, then everything becomes easier.

Now, I know that we musicians are natural perfectionist. You know, we are always critical of our own mistakes as musicians critical of the way we sound critical of the way we look critical of the way that we present ourselves, both in the real world and online.

But unfortunately, what winds up happening is this sabotage is our belief in ourselves. Like all of a sudden, even if we play music, to a degree that is enjoyable by others, especially the people who want to book us for the high paying gigs, then we don't believe that we are the right guy for the job or the right gal for the job.

Simply because we just don't believe we're good enough, which is crazy. And I know that if you are a musician who isn't the type of musician to listen to a podcast on Business Tips For Gigging Musicians, you probably already more than good enough, like you probably have a high degree of accomplishment.

You know, I don't think you're just a beginner on your instrument, you're probably listening to other podcasts if you're a beginner, on your instrument or beginner at singing.

But if you're listening to a podcast, on Business Tips For Gigging Musicians, it's probably because you already to some degree, believe that you are on the right path, you've accomplished more than what many most beginners have and, and many professional musicians have.

But, you know, there's something that's still holding you back. And I think, for many of us, it's it's that belief, belief in ourselves, belief that we're worthy of the goals that we set out for ourselves.

I recently did another Fulltime Music Challenge. And on the last day, we talked about this idea of belief.

And it gets back to like, there's this book that I read, that was recommended to me by many people, that actually happens to be the top selling like business and personal development book of all time, called Think and Grow Rich by an author called Napoleon Hill, is written in the early 1900s.

But it's just as relevant if not more today. And one of the concepts in that book, like I love reading business books, and picking out the gems and figure out how to apply it to my music career, what I'm working on at the time, but one of the things in this book was a concept Napoleon Hill calls definiteness of purpose.

And Napoleon Hill defines definiteness of purpose as like, there's one thing that everybody needs to have to be successful, which is the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to have it.

And so I know there's a kind of slightly different than belief, but it's actually all related. Because if you wonder about your life, as a musician without setting goals for yourself, then odds are you don't really know what you want.

Like, if you're not steering the ship in one particular direction, then it might not go where you expect it to. So having a knowledge of what one wants is key, but then a burning desire to have it.

So having a desire that's like everything, you have to know that you want it and you have to really, really want it. It can't just be like, Oh, that'd be nice to have. You have to like you have to actually have a burning desire to have it.

But in order to get there to in order to have the things that you want You'd have to believe that you are worthy of them. So, I would urge you like is think about this, really get deep with yourself?

And I don't know, kind of have a one on one like personal therapy session, do you believe that you are worthy of the things that you want to have? And if not, it's time to think about that, like odds are you you actually are worthy of them.

But there are some some thoughts and some beliefs that are not serving you, that are preventing you from having the things that you want and actually going out and pursuing your goals.

To a full degree like pedal to the metal, I mentioned in the challenge, like, I'm the kind of guy when I discover something that I want or that I want to do.

Like, I don't just go in half acid, I go all in and I put the pedal to the metal and I just go and share I make a lot of mistakes on the way.

But I still like I achieved the goal. And if I don't achieve the goal, I've learned a lot on the way, but only because I believe that I'm worthy of those goals. And those, that belief enables me to do the things that I need to do in order to pursue those goals fully. So I hope that was helpful. I know it got a little rambley there.

But I hope you enjoyed chatting with me here. Now I think about this, because this is the stuff they don't really talk about in music lessons, or in music school, from my experience, like they just talked about the technical parts of playing your instrument and the history and the theory behind it.

But I think if we actually dug deep into the mindset of musicians and what we truly believe, like that would enable us to do so much more as musicians and maybe not just even in our musical lives but in our in our other lives too.

So thanks for tuning in to another episode of The Gigging Musician Podcast. Remember, "You are just one gig away!".

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