No one ever said that being a musician was going to be easy. Yes, playing music makes you happy and you are passionate and talented but making a career out of music takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. So feeling doubtful and pessimistic about where you are headed with your music career is natural. However, it is important to hang on to all the positive thinking you were doing when you first decided to pursue music!
Positive thinking at its root involves holding positive expectancies for one’s future. This is important mostly because it has implications for behavior. Expectations about the consequences of your actions motivate you to keep trying or to simply give up. If you expect that all of your efforts will one day pay off, you’ll keep working hard and giving it your all. When those negative thoughts start seeping in, your efforts reflect that and in an industry as competitive as music do you really have time for that?
So now that you have your positive thinking straight let’s work on being optimistic.