I've got a very inspirational blog for you today. I wanted to write about something that I have been trying to work on in The Midnight Devils and 3D In Your Face. I've had the pleasure of taking some great advice about motivation and staying inspired. This is a tough lesson that I think I go through everyday. What am I going to do today that is going to forward my progress or the progress of the band? What can I accomplish today that is going to get me to the next level? It's not all about the big things like booking shows or making contacts. The small things add up to make the big things even better. Today I started a great partnership with an apparel company in Omaha that is hopefully going to be creating all the new Midnight Devils and 3D In Your Face merchandise. We had an amazing rehearsal this evening and we added a song or two to our set list. I feel confident that this weekend is going to be great from a musical standpoint. The hardest part for me is that sometimes I let my emotions dictate my actions. I let the thoughts running through my head get in the way of accomplishing the work that needs to be done. As a human being it's almost impossible to not let your emotions get the best of you. The trick realizing it's happening and how to pull ourselves out? To overcome the fact that our minds are telling us it would be easier to give up and do nothing than to put in the effort needed to accomplish our goals.
I'm not saying all of this because I am giving you some important life direction. I am merely getting it out in the open to remind myself that failure isn't an option. The dream begins and ends right here. If we aren't out there pushing ourselves on the road or in the rehearsal room than we aren't progressing to the next level. If one club doesn't respond back to our booking messages than there are 20 other clubs that we will message. One might bite and we will bust our asses putting on a hell of a performance for the club that actually took a chance on us. It's the commitment on our part not to do anything halfway. That all starts the second I wake up and my brain says roll back over you can get 15 more minutes of sleep. It's so easy to take that road but today I have to mail CD's and t-shirts across the state, teach guitar lessons, send out 5 booking emails, rehearse, learn lyrics, and rent a van. Not even complaining a little because I know exactly what I signed up for and I love every minute of it. The hardest part is reconditioning your brain to think that there are a million amazing reason to wake up in the morning. There are chances, victories, and opportunities that might pass you by if you let your emotions get the best of you. Break the cycle and go get that thing that makes you happy, even if everyone else is telling you it's impossible. Don't let it slip away because you didn't give it everything you had.