This week one of our bands debuted a new songs called "Anything is Possible" and it got me thinking, this is something that all creatives need to believe more in.
While All Together United's song comes from more of a Biblical inspirational source (Matt 19:26), in this post I want to talk about the fact that we focus so much on what we can't do, that we never take the leap to what we could do!
"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." - Robert H. Goddard
Don't Be Afraid to Dream
This is actually the first step. You have to be able to dream...to think outside of what you have always thought was possible. Once you dream of what could happen with your music, your art, or your life, you can investigate the reality of that dream.
What are the action steps from where you are right now?
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - Francis of Assisi
Do What You Need To
Sometimes you have to just do what you have to do. This may be work, school, or relationships. This is stuff you have to do to pay the bills, achieve your next steps, have a good relationshops, or be a good parent. This is "have to".
But what else is at least possible right now? Can you surf the web for info on what you feel would be impossible for you to do? Maybe just while vegging on the couch watching TV you find some info that could be possible. When you find what you thought was impossible could actually be doable, things get interesting!
"In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." - Miguel de Cervantes
It May Sound Crazy But...
This is basically how I start many conversations...LOL. Seriously, some of the best ideas are the craziest, most absurd things you could think of. But no one became what they dreamed of without what some would call a foolish pursuit. Even the most talented singer is advised not to go into music as a career. It's just not a smart buisness move, they say.
My Dad believed in my music more than anyone, and he still convinced me to start college as a business major. Dumb. Sorry Dave, but that was a dumb idea. It's obvious now, but getting a music degree early would have been more helpful than the years of classes I took running away from organized music school and "a music life that wouldn't pay well."
Was I crazy to think I could be a songwriter for a living? I had been writing songs since I was 13, but the staid advice is always to do something more expected and safe.
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination." - Tommy Lasorda
You Are the Determining Factor
Whether you achieve the impossible or not is up to you and no one else. I can teach people how to be creative, how to record music, how to market it, etc. What I can't teach is desire and determination. You have to want it more than anyone else. If you don't, then you'll never achieve what seems to be impossible.
I have seen so many artists and songwriters through the years become really successful in their goals by sheer will and dogged determination. Talent is overrated, but hard work is not.
Is Anything Possible?
Well, you may not be able to start flapping your wings and fly...but if you had a jet pack...
This post is just to encourage you to start where you are, think of an impossible thing, and then re-work it to how it could be possible.
"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Have a great week!
Eric Copeland is a composer, arranger, and president of Cre8iv Entertainment, Inc. He works with other composers, artists, and songwriters through his companies Creative Soul Records, Positive Spin Songs, and more.
Find out more at http://www.CreativeSoulOnline.com