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Transformation Thursdays: The Power of a Positive Attitude

Always have a positive attitude.

Lately, whenever I talk to friends and colleagues, I make note of their attitude, whether it’s positive or negative.

Sadly, most of the topics of discussion tend to be negative, like not getting enough gigs, or the state of the economy.

As a musician and performer, I have noticed other musicians feeling “jaded” over the years. I promised myself long ago that I wouldn’t be one of those jaded musicians. And that is one of the reasons why I practice Yoga and meditate, and why I try my best to eat healthy and workout to stay in shape.

I try to do whatever it takes to become a successful person.

At a master class taught by famed drummer Dave Weckl, he mentioned the importance of keeping a positive attitude in the music business. As many people are privy to, the music business can be tough. As wonderful as it is to be performing music as a professional musician, sometimes there can be unsavor business practices and deception. Unknowing musicians are getting ripped off or cheated out of their hard-earned money. I’m not saying this happens all the time, but there have been many stories floating around of musicians never getting paid for a recording studio gig, or some unsavory manager stealing millions of dollars from a musical artist.

And with the instability (at times) as far as work for the gigging musician, there are times when gigs keep coming, and there are down times when it’s slow. These are things that the working musician has to deal with, aside from the daunting task of continually practicing and honing one’s musical craft. There is never enough time to seriously practice one’s instrument.

Music, by its own merits, is always uplifting…

I cannot say what I think is right about music. I only know the rightness of it. —Keith Jarrett

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Jack LaLanne – Have A Positive Attitude

“I wake up in the morning and say, ‘thank God I’m here again.’” —Jack LaLanne

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Despite the Negativity

Despite all the negativity out there, it’s the positive mental attitude that keeps one going.

With meditation and Yoga, one learns to calm the mind, and not fall victim of “reacting” to the world around us. Yes, many times we are in a defensive, reactive mode throughout the course of our day. I think the secret lies in calming your mind and being able to control how your mind reacts to things.

You could get all depressed when things go wrong, or you’re having a bad day. But, you could keep a steady mind and ask yourself, “what can I do to make things better, or get myself out of this predicament?”.

Always try to nurture a positive attitude. Be grateful for what you have. Be glad to be alive right now. And, concentrate on setting goals for yourself, to accomplish the things you need to do in Life. Above else, don’t give up hope…



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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