The Power of Paying Attention to Your Intention
How are you doing with your New Year's resolutions? Just know that you have a whole year to achieve them, and every day is the beginning of a new year. Don’t be too hard on yourselves. The way we treat ourselves throughout our day has a direct impact on how we sing. We can take a look at how we conduct each day as we move towards achieving our goals and resolutions. The following exercises will help you feel empowered, so you’re not just focused on “WHAT” to do in a day, but “HOW” you do it. Remember, you get to choose this experience, and it’s the underlying feeling of your experience when you sing, that people will feel. Keep this in mind when you watch shows like American Idol. You can learn a lot by watching the vocal journey of others. This week, notice how the contestants treat themselves.
Below are 5 steps to help you pratice awareness and empowerment. I encourage you to keep track on your C.O.R.E. Vocal Power® worksheet or in your planner.
Upon waking up – you set the feeling tone of your day. Decide how you want to feel while you’re in that space because our mood in the first few moments of waking up it sets the underlying tone of your day. Wake up happy because it will most likely stick with you!
If you really want to have a powerful day, visualize yourself going through the motions of your day with the kind of energy and mood – feeling/tone you want to experience.
Then, before you start your day:
1. Write: Top 3 tasks.
Ask: What I’m supposed to do today?
Example: Finish Project, Clean Kitchen, Buy Groceries
2. Write: How you’d like to feel while you do these things.
Ask: How do I want to feel as I go throughout my day? (Pick one tone/feeling per day)
Examples: Patient, Kind, loving, productive, inspired.
End of Day Evaluation: Cross off the tasks you accomplished and write what you actually did that day.
Give yourself a percentage score on how you aligned with your tone/feeling (The "How" part). If you get less than 80% keep working at it each day. Be kind to yoursef in the process.
Ask: In addition to fulfilling tasks, how much did I truthfully express my desired feeling/tone today?
If you recall the most important moments in your life, there is a good chance you remember how you felt at the time. Our life is based on feelings, and we are always choosing them, whether we realize it or not. I hope this exercise helps you become more aware of how you feel throughout your day, and more masterful in learning how to choose your feelings and emotional experience. Let me know how you enjoyed doing this exercise. Do it for at least 1 month and see how it affects your life. We will discuss in future videos and blogs, how this tool applies to empowered singing.
These tips are from my Mind Soul Voice series. Want to learn more? CLICK HERE to see my eBook: Mind Soul Voice: A Path to Vocal Freedom.