Being creative people, we sometimes compare or push ourselves too hard and stop loving our creative process. Here are 5 ways to fall back in love with making music again.
Do you struggle with your music? Maybe some days you feel like you’ll never be good enough. Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you loved your music all the time? There have been so many days when I didn’t love my own music and wanted to just throw in the towel and quit.
Let’s be real for a moment: Being a musician is hard! Not everyone understands the struggles we face, from the creative aspects of songwriting, to fears of performing, to worrying about finances. It’s a lot!
One day, I decided that enough was enough. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with my music and creative process again. Today, I want to share with you 5 ways to fall in love with your music again.
Stop Comparing Yourself To Others. Right Now.
The society we live in loves competition. Social media has become so present in our lives, I think it is safe to say that at one point, everyone has whispered something like “wow, I wish my life was like that!”. It is so easy to fall into that rabbit hole of comparing your life, your music, your skills, against other people.
But when you do this, you are filling yourself with self-doubt.
Everyone is talented and gifted in different ways. Everyone has a different path that they took to get where they are and where they are going. To compare yourself to someone else is a silly thing because no one has lived a life exactly like you.
You are exactly where you need to be.
And let’s say you really are ready to make a change in your life? Then make it and start focusing on how you can change your life with what you have.
Be proud of yourself every step of the way.
Try Something Totally Different
Sometimes we don’t like where things are at and feel stuck in a rut. A good way to get out of this is to switch up your method entirely. If you always write a certain type of song, let’s say folk Americana, try writing a trap beat instead. Seriously! Get super outside your comfort zone and see what crazy songs and melodies you can create. Who knows? You might find yourself falling in love with a new style!
And if you really want to push yourself, take up a new hobby! Try painting, drawing, writing, swimming, learn a new card game, read a new book … there are so many new things to learn everyday.
Learn Something Totally New
If you don’t feel like trying anything different, try shifting your focus from one of creating to one of learning. Learn something totally new! It could be related to music, business, cooking, a new sport, heck, even a new card game. Pop over to YouTube and learn how to bake the perfect cheesecake to impress yourself at the next holiday gathering. Or, if you want to learn something related to music, browse my blog and figure out how to write your perfect bio or get your songs on TikTok.
Celebrate Your Wins, Both Big And Small
When working so hard towards a big goal (releasing a new album, trying to find more fans on social media, trying to build your first tour) it is easy to be overwhelmed and feel defeated. BUT! When you step back and realize the micro-achievements you’ve made along the way, it can be so eye opening.
Share the good news with your followers on social media! Send them an email about the amazing things you’ve accomplished. Join a Facebook group with other musicians to share each and every win. Who better to share with then fellow musicians!
Take A Break
At the end of the day, it is so important to remember to step away from work and give your mind time to relax. Spend some time doing self-care, get outside and go for a walk, or take the weekend off from writing music and reconnect with family and friends. There is no shame in having to put down a project for a few days (or weeks even) in order to avoid burnout.
I hope you find these little tips helpful in falling in love with your music again. Always remember, you are worthy, you are capable of achieving your wildest dreams, and I believe in you each step of the way!