Do you think that you should feel inspired when you start working on music? You may have a problem.
We all rely on inspiration a lot to do our work. We also sometimes go wrong with it. To wait for inspiration to strike so that you can start your work is an amateur mindset.
If you are only making music for fun, that is fine of course. But if you are looking to make a career out of music, it’s a different story. If you want to be a professional, you have to start thinking like one. Professionals do not want to leave things to chance. They pursue results instead of waiting for something to come to them.
A professional knows that the best ideas often don’t happen before the process. They grow out of the process. The action allows emergence.
You must know the feeling when you hit those magical moments… When you (often by accident) come up with something, which then leads to a great new idea that you can refine. And suddenly everything falls into place and starts to make sense. Aren’t those the best moments of creative work? And they only happen because you set out to do something in the first place. Whether you began working inspired or not is completely irrelevant to the outcome.
That is the true nature of inspiration: You don’t have to begin inspired. You can (and often will) still end up inspired through the work.
Remember that the next time you’re feeling uninspired. Just go for it anyway. Start grinding away and see where that takes you that day. In 15 minutes you might feel super inspired. Or you might not. There are no guarantees and we all have off-days. No matter what, you still have to start working.
In the long run, that’s what makes the difference between whether you can succeed or not. It’s not going to guarantee that you will succeed – there are other things involved in that too. But starting your work, whether you feel like it or not, is critical. Music is no different from any other field of work. You must get to work, no matter what. Make a habit out of it. If you can do that, you may have a chance.
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