Greetings, and I hope you are doing fabulously!
This year has been full of rich, satisfying “real life” stuff like touring, family,
moving, teaching my “Study With Adam” online guitar students, and recording.
Transparency Report and Major Goal Achieved
In January 2016 I offered you a “transparency report” and I mentioned one of my goals for 2016 was to record a new CD.
The inner satisfaction I get from finishing big projects is the “joy of accomplishment.” It’s a great feeling.
Holding a finished CD in my hand gives me a boost; it gives me a positive self image, and gives me the confidence that I can do anything I set out to do.
I also love to reflect on “what part of my inner resistance did I have to conquer to finish this project?”
But First, a Plug for My New CD!
Mission accomplished! “Play Pretty for the People” will be released September 6, 2016.
Please watch the 2:50 goofy promo video 🙂 :
How did I Get This CD Project Done? By Saying “NO” to Distraction…
The hardest part of making the “Play Pretty for the People” was not the guitar playing, mixing or overseeing the design of the the CD cover.
The hardest part was saying “NO” to all the distractions which clawed at my attention on a daily basis.
Every day we are all confronted with politics, news, Facebook, urgent and unimportant email, pop-up advertisements on all the “free” services we enjoy, and 9 million other distractions which sit on our “daily to-do list.”
Why Not Clear Up Little Things First?
“Clearing up little things first” before of attacking the BIG, UGLY (yet most important) thing first thing in the day is THE big mistake, the goal killer.
When you think “I’ll just clear up this little stuff first”, it always takes longer than you think, requires more energy than you planned, and often spirals into new and wonderful complications.
It opens the Pandora’s Box of irrelevant distraction, which prevents you from getting the important stuff done.
“Clearing up little things first” also eats up your “creative edge” for the day. You find yourself saying “How the heck did it get to be 5pm? Oh well, I’ll get to the BIG thing tomorrow”, but tomorrow never comes, if you follow today’s pattern.
I learned this from Brian Tracy’s book Eat That Frog! – where he preaches the gospel of focusing on one’s most important task, first thing in the day.
The Discipline to Say “NO”
Let’s say you have a goal or project, and you know exactly what task you need to work on to achieve your aim.
When you start on your BIG UGLY (important) task, your mind will start to squirm. It will fight back with thoughts like – “Wait, I have to check my email and Facebook!” It’s like a someone trying to lose weight having thoughts of fried chicken “pop up” in their mind.
For me, the big ugly daily task was getting down to recording, first thing in the day, and leaving less creative tasks for later on in the day.
One would think it’s a joy to record, but for me it is gut wrenching hard work, because I tend to be a perfectionist. I have to give 100% concentration, soul and intellect. I also have to remember to take breaks, pace myself, and know when to stop.
And for those reasons, there was a part of me that also wanted to “put it off until later” and not face the difficulty head on.
That’s why, for me it’s classified under “BIG & UGLY.”
All the more reason for my monkey-mind to think…“you need to email so and so about a gig, you need to pay this bill, you need to do laundry, have another cup of coffee, maybe tweak your website colors…
and then, after you finish all that – you can record…” 🙁
But, as Gumby would say, “No DAMMIT!”
To you it looks like a I have a new CD coming out.
To me, holding a copy of “Play Pretty for the People” in my hand is a trophy won for saying “no” to all the unimportant things that tried to pull my attention away from achieving my goal.
(And..check back or look on iTunes after September 6, 2016 for the new CD!)
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