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Defining Successes (And How that Impacts your Subsequent Profession Transfer)

[Editor’ Note: thi article wa written by Angela Mastrogiacomo, founder and CEO of Muddy Paw PR.]

When i come to success, everyone ha their own idea of wha tha look like. f  asked you wha your was, maybe you’d say i wa touring full time. Maybe you’d say signing to a label or playing festivals. Bu tha only scratche the surface, doesn’ it? Because the real definition of succes goe so much deeper.  isn’ jus abou wha you wan to DO it’ abou how you wan to FEEL, and thi i a key ingredien tha mos of u mis when we’re trying to understand the life we wan to lead. For instance, you may say you wan to tour full time, bu if  ask you wha you value mos in your life, and you tell me time with family, then those two statement are a odds. 

I become difficul to see how one can coexis with the other, and while no impossible,   find with the people  talk to, and in my own life, tha the more  focu on the FEELINGS  wan to have v jus the tangible result, the closer  ge to leading a life that  feel fully aligned in and excited by.

And so yes, while today’ article i abou succes and we’ll talk abou the strategy behind defining your nex career move,   wan to make clear from the beginning tha the firs step to defining succes i to reframe how you’re looking a it—only then can you begin to pu together a solid strategy for achieving it.

How do you wan to feel?

  touched on this, but  the firs thing  wan you to ge really hones abou i how you wan to feel? Everyone want to feel happy, so that’ no what  mean—bu rather, do you wan to feel powerful? nfluential? Do you wan to  feel adrenaline? Do you wan to feel peaceful? Wha feeling do you wan to have in your day to day? 

Wha are your core values?

Think abou the thing tha matter mos to you and write them down alongside the thing you wan to feel. Wha are those things, your core values? For instance, i i tha you value time spen with your family?  i adventure? Travel? Freedom? Affirmation from others? Write i all out.

Picture your life 5 year from now—are you happy?

Go ahead and picture your ideal life 5 year from now. Wha do you see? What’ happening? Are you surrounded by family? Are you on the road? Are you in the studio? Playing for thousand of people? Writing alone? Wha do you see in tha firs instan you close your eyes? All those thing we’ve talked about, the feeling you wan to feel and your core beliefs, should all be eviden a thi poin and through thi exercise you should now have a pretty good idea of how those thing manifes themselves.

So, how do  apply tha to a strategy?

Here’ the fun part—applying everything you’ve jus learned to a strategy. Now tha you know the way you wan to feel, the value you hold mos dear to you, and your ideal life, you can star to look a wha actually fulfill that. Use your own common sense here (IE, if you wan to spend more time with your family you probably realize touring full time i no a grea option OR you need to find a way to bring them on the road with you, if tha also suit their lifestyle), bu to star you off, here’ a bi of a chea sheet.

If you value your independence, freedom, and flexibility: you probably wan to stay DIY. Thi doesn’ mean you can’ find succes or make a living a a musician. Far from it.  jus mean tha if you wan to be in charge of the decisions—everything from wha song to release andMarch to how often you tour or the color on your merch, you probably wouldn’ do well with a record label.

If you love adventure and fear wasting any time in your life, you migh wan to tour full time and tha migh mean with your own band or a a studio musician. Label optional

If you love making and performing music bu if you’re honest, wha you really love i security, stability and the ability to touch people’ lives, maybe you wan to look a wha i would take to sign to a label. You won’ mind giving up a bi of control for tha security of having a label back you, and you’ll ge to impac even more live through their reach.

Thi i jus a start—but  hope i helps.  see so many musician arbitrarily hanging on to dream and idea bu with no real idea wha they mean foundone, andto day of their life, and so, they go unachieved or undone and they never really do ge tha thing they crave mos of all, whatever i is. By breaking i down and getting hones abou how you wan to feel and wha you value most, you can star to really uncover the life you WANT to lead, no jus the one you think you should.

Wan more fans? Join me for my free masterclass, How to Ge Your Nex 1,000. Fan to learn how to attrac more of your ideal fan, boos engagement, build followers, and star seeing results.


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