Life Mechanics

Life Mechanics

I’ve been trying to boil down all the things that have worked for me in my life and the new information that I am taking in and applying it to new philosophy of how to live my life. I’ve had a few accomplishments and I’ve had a few disappointments but my goal is to improve my accomplishments and diminish the disappointments.

jk sixAs adults the quantity and quality of our lives are largely defined by what we do. What we do is dictated by what we think. What we think is dictated by our awareness of self and willingness to reflect, view, learn and improve or lack thereof.  Conscious choices become unconscious habits. Unconscious habits can be either productive or non-productive. Our daily habits dictate our success, happiness, health and comfort.

So I’m calling the nature of my daily habits the “Mechanics” of my life. When I consider the concept of two individuals in the same business in the same town with the same products, resources, etc. yet one is more successful by doing things “A Certain Way” as outlined in Wallace Wattle’s The Science of Getting Rich and try to apply it to my efforts as a musician, producer, writer, entrepreneur, etc. I feel that I need to change what I’ve been doing and study what successful people with my aspirations have done. If I continue to do things the way I have been doing them I will most likely get the same results. If I do things the way other unsuccessful people have I will probably get the same kind of results that they did.

I’m also working on surrounding myself with the 5 most successful people that I can as well as improving my daily habits to reflect what I need to be to be successful. I can’t really expect to be any more successful than the people that I work with on a regular basis. By expanding my professional network the quality and quantity of my opportunities will no doubt improve as this has also been my experience in the past.

In addition I always need to be improving as a player and performer by improving my musical skills, writing skills, production skills, performing skills and so forth.

As a performer my appearance is very important. I need to make it a habit to eat right and exercise daily. In my business it’s not really an option. I also need to be aware of what I wear and how I present myself in public. As a performer I will be judged not only by what I sound like but how I present myself visually.

So my “mechanics” need to reflect the skills, knowledge, appearance and so forth that I need to acquire and maintain to be successful. These qualities will make me more attractive to other professionals in my field as well as fans. My list might look something like this:

Appearance:

  • Have easy access to healthy foods
  • Limit or eliminate unhealthy eating
  • Make daily exercise a habit
  • Be conscious of wardrobe. Pitch unattractive clothes. Make it a habit to refresh wardrobe on a regular basis. Always be working on improving physical shape and wardrobe.
  • Put together essential wardrobe items to build from. Shoes, pants, shirt, hat, accessories.

Playing:

  • Make learning and perfecting new material a daily habit
  • Make writing a daily habit
  • Make producing a daily habit
  • Always seek to maintain and improve musical instruments and gear

Networking:

  • Make maintaining and improving your professional network a daily habit.
  • Make a list of professional contacts to keep in touch with
  • Make a list of professional contacts that you want to establish and a plan of how you are going to make it happen
  • Consider going to events, shows, social outings and so forth as part of you professional efforts and make it a habit
  • Keep a calendar of upcoming events that you want/need to attend
  • Always carry business cards and promo materials

Fanbase building:

  • If you don’t have a website- make one
  • Create regular content to post online and energize fans
  • Create the most interesting and highest-quality content that you can
  • Don’t be afraid to be a loud version of yourself
  • Broadcast and engage on social media
  • Make sure that you are clear and consistent in promoting yourself.  Always post links to your website in other locations, make sure that your website clearly links to your music and merch. Don’t make people have to search for you stuff- especially on your own website.

In general:

  • Make lists of goals, projects, etc.
  • Make daily lists of tasks that need to be undertaken
  • Create a daily itinerary outlining the day’s work and how and when you intend to get things done. (when, how and where)
  • Don’t assume something is going to be a habit until it is. Write it down if you have to.
  • Find the means of keeping track that works best for you. Whether it’s post it notes, putting it in your smartphone, writing it in a daytimer or scribbling on the bathroom mirror the whole point is to be disciplined and persistent in doing the daily work to improve your life.

Learning to maximize our daily habits greatly enhances our production, progress and satisfaction in life. Scheduling rest, fun and relaxation is just as important as work because we need a well-rounded life to be truly happy. So let’s put these parts together and maximize our Daily Mechanics!!!