Three years ago I found myself a few years settled into a comfortable lifestyle of paying my bills with music. I was in a good relationship and spent all my time in the studio or chilling with my girlfriend at our apartment by Lake Michigan. Before that point what I was used to was struggling to get by month to month, eviction, debt, minimum wage work, depression. Here I was, having achieved my goal of finding a city to call home and not worrying about the bills while I made music. One year later I was living the exact same life. And I was miserable. I became out of shape, constantly sick, more depressed than ever. My income started to drop, I left home as little as possible. My girlfriend left me, forcing a change in my living situation and a few days later the studio job I had no plans of ever leaving got shut down over some bullshit. I was in such shock by that point I couldn't even focus on being in pain. I had to discover what it was going to take to turn my life around. Now, two years later, I finally feel like a new person that has not only survived shitty circumstances but learned what it takes to be satisfied in this life. I want to share the lesson with you as simply as possible:
YOU HAVE DREAMS. CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS TO SUPPORT YOUR DREAMS OF WHAT LIFE CAN BE. CHANGE YOUR ACTIONS TO REFLECT YOUR BELIEFS. HAVE PATIENCE IN THE PROCESS OF TAKING DAILY ACTION FORWARD.
That's pretty much it. Have I magically manifested everything I want in life in the last two years? No! Another flaw in the system that left me so down and out before was I thought I had arrived. I thought achieving a general, low-expectation-ass goal of "make a living off a music" meant it was time to kick my feet up, get comfortable and ride this life out. There is no arrival! I'll arrive at my destination when I die. Until then it's a process of knowing life's awesome, I'm awesome and putting in the action towards specific, lofty and numerable goals to make it all more awesome all the time.