I realized several years ago that I would never reach my full potential in my career unless I was happy. Unfortunately, I was actually pretty depressed. It’s ironic that I was in the business of singing, but I had basically given up singing because of some criticism I received that I took pretty hard. In fact, I stopped singing for about 10 years! My business was successful enough, but I knew I could do and be more. I decided it was time for me to figure out what was screwed up about me and fix it.
I began reading motivational books like crazy – one right after the next. And I’ve read most of them more than once, until the message sank in. After working on my “issues”, part of my process was to get back into performing. Even though I had majored in vocal performance in college and had lots of performance experience, I had developed such a negative self image of my singing, that I was scared to death to get up in front of anyone. So I decided to get a vocal coach and try to jump back in. I remember the first time I worked with her, I was so afraid of the criticism she might give me that I sweat buckets. Soon after that, she gave me the opportunity to really break out of my rut.
She was the music director for a local musical theater production of “Jane Eyre” and they needed a replacement for someone who had dropped out at the last minute. I decided to go for it. And I discovered that I loved performing in musical theater. The rest is history. Thanks to the books and experiences like music theater, I broke out of my shell (for the most part) and have enjoyed doing shows ever since. Musical theater has become my outlet of choice for my music talents. My music business has benefited as well, now that I have a better outlook on life.
But I have discovered that it’s not a one time fix. I need to continually remind myself about the good stuff I learned. It’s so easy to slip back into old ways of thinking and old ways of reacting to life. So reading my books just once or even twice isn’t enough. I found the best way for me is to listen to books as I drive, work out at the gym, and do work around the house. If I’m feeling down or discouraged or just off-track somehow, I can listen to one of these books and get back on-track pretty fast.
Here are some of my favorite authors and books. Some of these may help you get closer to realizing your dreams.
- “The Secret” – Rhonda Byrne
- “End the War With Yourself” – Byron Katie Mitchell
- “Loving What Is” – Byron Katie Mitchell
- “The Law Of Attraction” – Abraham-Hicks
- “The Big Leap” – Gay Hendricks
- “The Sedona Method – Letting Go” – Hale Dwoskin
- “The Four Agreements” – Miguel Ruiz
- “No More Mr. Nice Guy” – Robert Glover
- “The Science of Getting Rich” – Wallace Wattles
- “Think and Grow Rich” – Napolean Hill
- “The Master Key System” – Charles Haanel
- “How To Win Friends and Influence People” – Dale Carnegie
- “Maximum Confidence” – Jack Canfield
- “Your Erroneous Zones” – Wayne Dyer
- “Secrets Of An Inspirational Life” – Wayne Dyer
- “Excuses Be Gone” – Wayne Dyer
- “There Is A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem” – Wayne Dyer