The use of positive affirmations have wonderful implications on your life and career!
Now before going into it, I want to be sure that I am not overlooking the hard work us singers do, and the expertise we receive from our teachers and coaches. Without them, these affirmations wouldn’t be close to as affective.
So, first thing’s first:
What is an Affirmation?
I like to define it as the practice of affirming what you know to be true or what you want to be true… until it becomes true.
So what do positive affirmations have to do with singing or art in general?
Well, let me tell you why I think this is supremely important in our business.
I’m going to write a list of things that have gone through my head before performing or auditioning. Let me know if you’ve thought the same:
- I can’t do it.
- I’m not good enough.
- My high notes are $hit today.
- My voice is so tired.
- That person is better than me.
- Why did I waste my money flying to this audition?
- I had a high C yesterday, where did it go today?
- That high note was terrible.
- That phrase was terrible.
- I suck.
I’ll stop at ten… that was getting too depressing! I do have my fair share of ego building moments too, but I’ll save those posts for another day.
Well, here is what changed my singing. After reading the book The Miracle Morning for Network Marketers, given to me by my Beachbody Coach, I learned about affirmations. But most importantly, constructive Affirmations.
So, how do you use positive affirmations?
Okay, it’s this simple. Pick a goal that you want to achieve and tell yourself it will happen. You can say this out loud, in your head, or write it down multiple times. I usually just say it ten times in a row. Here’s the couple of affirmation I’ve been using:
- I sing freely and openly at all times
- I have a free and open high C
You see how these are based as facts, but also constructive. What I don’t say is:
- I sing as good as Pavarotti
- My high C is the best
These are nice wishes, but there is no practical constructive element to it. When I say “I sing freely and openly at all times,” I feel an immediate release of tension in my neck, and I start to sing better.
One last thing, for those out there who think this is all WOOWOO. I ask this question…
How many times have you talked negatively about yourself?
Now just imagine if you replaced that type of negative talk with something positive and constructive, not just when you have to, but made a habit out of it every day! How much more confidence would you have? How much more relaxed would you be while performing.
You become who you tell yourself you are. So make sure it’s positive, realistic and loving.
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