Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What's on your mind?

Thoughts matter.  As the brain dictates, the body responds. What are you feeding your brain?  If we are constantly downloading the negative and fearful, things will not end well.  Begin instead to build a successful performance mindset.  If we can begin to control our thoughts, we have taken the first step towards mastery. 

Don't you like words that support what you want to do, words that describe what you are training to do and to be? Make this summer a time of taking mental and verbal inventory.  You still have to practice of course, but why limp around in heavy shackles making improvement next to impossible?  Inject the positive and reject the negative. "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."

Here are some of our old unfavorites which we want to obliterate from our thoughts, conversation, and playing:
  • Fearful
  • Inhibited
  • Cautious
  • Apologetic
  • Tiptoeing
  • Hesitant
  • Insecure
  • Visibly unprepared
  • Nervous 
  • Uncontrolled 
  • Boring 
  • Weak
How about these instead?
  • Confident
  • Expressive
  • Bold
  • Risk-taking
  • Leading
  • Soloistic
  • Sensitive
  • Flexible
  • Musical 
  • Controlled 
  • Powerful
  • Dramatic   
Note:  For all who have ever observed and/or heard Bud Herseth playing or speaking, this second list well describes him.  He had no time for fear or negative thoughts. He seemed never to have even given them a first thought.  He was way too busy making great music on his trumpet. 

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