I want to talk about Holistic Success in the land of the Arts. The question is, Is it Possible?
First we need to look at the stereotypical view of the Artistic life. And then I want to share with you what a crap concept it is to buy into if you want to know ultimate success in your craft, and in your life.
Q: So Holistic Success would mean the whole of the artist right? Like having a brilliant career – some form of creative outlet which feels wonderful to them? Financial security? And maybe the romantic partner who supports them to be the best version of themselves? Family? Friends they can count on… like all that and whatever else they deem as ‘Holistic Success’. That’s what you mean??
A: Yup. That’s what I mean.
Q: Aren’t artists meant to suffer for their craft – kind of like they need to stay semi-miserable so they can write good songs, pull out the deepest trauma to play the part well, stay poor so they never lose the perspective of the common man? That’s the deal right?
A: Sure that’s the box they get put in. But I can prove that’s the most damaging load of crap you can buy into if you want to train your body and brain to manage your emotional state, which manages the way you feel about your life. When you manage your feelings, you change what is possible in your craft, and in your life.
Of course there are some stereotypical, exhausting, negative labels and belief systems which would have to be discarded. But that’s no problem. We can do that.
It would require a willingness to trust the fact that emotionally strong, happy, balanced people are in fact more capable of creating powerful material and performances, not less.
Most importantly, holistic success in the creative and performance industries requires the artist’s willingness to explore the deeper crevices of their mind and emotions so they are intimately aware of who they are, what triggers differing emotional states, and their willingness to let go of the triggers that limit them.
The secrets to these emotional states and limiting fears are all locked away in the subconscious mind. The exciting thing is, once the limiting beliefs are accessed and replaced with more truthful and empowering beliefs, the shift is most often immediate.
I don’t want to give you any false promises, this is not some magic pill you can take and there’s no work on your part involved. In fact YOU are controlling the whole gig. Once the limited beliefs are replaced, you have a clean new beginning in which to start reaffirming the truth about who you really are, what you really want, and how able you are to achieve it.
Okay so here’s a few hypothetical questions for you to ponder based on working with many creative minds. Do you suspect you fit into any of these 10 scenarios?
- I can’t say I really know who I am at a deep and intimate level because I’ve mostly explored who I am relative to my art.
- I don’t know my subconscious beliefs because I’ve never known how to explore in that part of my brain.
- I tend to feel someone else is always more creative, or better at my craft than I am. Yet other people tell me I underestimate myself.
- I’m a perfectionist. I’m never finished until I’m forced to be, and then it’s never great. Good is not good enough.
- I don’t know, maybe I feel unworthy or incapable of holistic success.
- I’ve never explored what holistic success would look like to me.
- I’m not a big believer holistic success if even possible!
- I spend a lot of energy doubting I’m as good as the rest. (So you will subconsciously be approaching every audition, in life and/or on stages as if you’re ready to fail).
- I have reached the imagined dream of so called fame or worldly success and still feel miserable behind my painted smile.
- I can’t help but buy into the Insta comparisons, Twitter Twats, Facebook bullies and generally what the outside world thinks of me, (though I don’t admit it publicly!)
Is any of that familiar?
If so, what next?
We have to start at the beginning. I want to talk about dreaming. I mean dreaming about what your life could be like if you had holistic success as an artist.
And I want to talk about being ENOUGH, in fact designed perfectly for whatever those dreams are.
Why do we start with dreaming? Well because after years of studying human behavior, working with clients, and having fought my own right to holistic success using my God-given talents, I know there are a wealth of people out there who have never actually done it. Dream I mean. So many very talented people try and try and try some more, but they have not yet accepted their dreams are absolutely possible, so why would they achieve them?
And dreams are not always about achieving some kind of external success. I’ve met many artists who seem to have it all, yet they didn’t give themselves permission to dream about what their personal lives could look and feel like.
I also have enormous proof that when we believe in our dreams at a subconscious level we start the process of actually living our dreams, not just striving for them and surviving the disappointment of not achieving them.
We all have a song within us which is meant to be sung, and when we live consciously, it is that very song that gives us life’s ultimate freedom and our greatest contribution to the world in which we live.
And finally, I know if you have not yet allowed yourself permission to dream, and become familiar with what your ultimate life’s performance could be, you will be bound by other people’s limited idea of who you are and what they believe is possible in your life.
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I look forward to hearing how you’re doing!
PS; for any of the actors out there, I thought this little snippet from Helen Mirren was a bit appropriate. She talks about the most difficult thing she believes to do as an artists is be yourself. But when you can, magic begins!