Like many of my writings, this begins with some musical ideas but it will apply to you no matter who you are or your level of musicianship. Stick with me.

For years now I've been engaged in the pursuit of distilling how to create emotion-evoking music at every sitting. I looked for music theory short cuts. Has anyone discovered a theoretical way to explain and replicate what makes certain music affect us emotionally? Not that I've found. Nothing more than surface-level ideas that can be paraphrased as "make it dynamic, major keys are happy/ minor keys are sad". I DO find that using clustered voicings does evoke more emotion. But there's little more I can do to explain what or how to play to make music emotional. I've found the explanation is in what you feel when you create.

My next coarse of action was to study the conditions of sessions when I made music of the caliber I was searching for. Were there certain conditions? I began to find there were! I've found that I have a much higher likelihood of creating emotion-evoking music when I'm in a positive, peaceful and focused state. The following is a method I use to get there everyday. No one can have a great day 100% of the time but this has gotten me close. I've found getting myself into the mindset to create great music is one in the same with the mindset that enables me to create a great life.

The following is a collection of techniques and ideas from myself and some of my favorite authors and role models. It's a bit sketchy. It's always evolving and I someday hope to create a legit version of it to officially publish to people. But if you want to start feeling good right now, this 30 minute exercise can't hurt.

Begin with a 21 minute meditation. One minute to get situated. Sit or lay comfortably, this doesn't require any sort of pose. Begin with 20 breaths in slow and deep as possible through the nose, hold for a couple seconds, out through the mouth slowly. Next think of 5 reasons to be grateful. Then continue focusing on the "in, out" of your breathing for the duration of the timer. 

Remember to breathe deep throughout the rest of the day. Focus extra heavily on breathing during moments of potential stress.

Describe 5 vivid memories when life felt exactly how you'd like it to feel all the time. Recall the state you were in - how did it feel? how did it look? how did it sound? Describe it well enough that you can close your eyes and visualize yourself being inside that moment again. Write your 5 memories out, one paragraph each and use these each time you read through this.

Now that you've channeled energy from past experiences, NO MORE PAST THOUGHTS TODAY. FROM NOW ON THE ONLY THING THAT EXISTS IN YOUR DAY IS WHAT YOU'RE IN AT THE MOMENT. If past thoughts come, catch yourself and snap back to the right now.

12 daily reminders - Unknown
The past can't be changed
Everyone's journey is different
Things always get better with time
Judgements are confession of character
Overthinking will lead to sadness
Happiness is found within
Postive thoughts create positive things
Smiles are contagious
Kindness is free
You only fail if you quit
What goes around, comes around

List 15 awesome things about yourself:

You build yourself. Life is not what happens to you, it's not the story you tell yourself or your limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs are just patterns and habits that must be broken.

"Commit to happiness." - Gabrielle Bernstein


Now that you've got your confidence going, here are some concepts to carry with you today. Remember, what you focus on is what you feel.

The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
1. Be impeccable with your word.
-No negative words about yourself or others internally or externally. No gossip. Losers talk about people, winners talk about ideas. If you talk yourself out of entering an uncomfortable situation, you're using your word against yourself.
2. Take nothing personally.
-That also includes not avoiding potential rejection. That's taking something personally in advance that may actually end well. If potentially hurtful conflict arises, see things from the "third story," as if you were an unbiased outside observer and begin from that perspective.
3. Don't make assumptions.
-Don't assume another person's personality, intentions, or that they'll reject you. There's no evidence to support this until you get to know someone. Even then still don't assume.
4. Always do your best.
-Whatever your best is in the moment. Give more than you expect to receive. Bring value to others in all situations. Don't compare yourself to others.

"Learn to judge yourself by your goals instead of what your peers seem to be doing."- Tony Robbins

"Try more. Care Less." - RSD Tyler
Don't get caught up in results, get caught up in the process. Do what you do to your best because it's who you are, not for the results. Give it your everything without caring if you don't get the results you want. one simple rule for acing life: Always make the emotionally difficult decision.

The War of Art - Steven Pressfield, Book Two notes:
-The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time. 
-. . .sitting down and starting to work. . .set in motion a myserious but infallable sequence of events that would produce inspiration.
-The Principle of Priority: a. You must know the difference between what's urgent and important. b. You must do what's important first. What's important is the work.
-The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt and humiliation.
-Know how to be miserable. This is war, war is hell.
-The qualities that define the pro:
We show up everyday.
We show up no matter what.
We stay on the job all day.
We are committed over the long haul.
The stakes are high and real.
We're not here for fun, we work for money.
We do not overidentify with our job.
We master the techniques of our job.
We have a sense of humor about our job.
We receive praise or blame in the the real world.
-The more you love your art/calling/enterprise, the more important its accomplishment is to the evolution of your soul, the more you will fear it and the more Resistance you will experince facing it.
-Resistence gets us to plunge into a project with an overambitious and unrealistic timetable for its completetion. It knows we can't sustain that level of intensity. We will hit the wall. We will crash. The professional on the otherhand, understands delayed gratification.
-Patience gives the stars the time to align. Any job takes twice as long and costs twice as much as planned.
-A professional seeks order. He wants the carpet vacuumed and the threshold swept so the muse may enter and not soil her gown. 
-The professional masters how, and leaves what and why to the gods.
-The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or dread-free artist.
-. . .he forces himself forward in spite of his terror. He knows that once he gets out into the action, his fear will recede and he'll be okay.
-The professional conducts his business in the real world. Adversity, injustice, bad hops and rotten calls, even good breaks and lucky bounces all comprise the ground over which the campaign must be waged. The field is level, the professional understands, only in heaven.
-The professional is prepared at a deeper level. He is prepared, each day, to confront his own self-sabotage.
-The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique not because he believes technqiue is a substitute for inspiration but because he wants to be in possession of the full arsenal of skills when inspiration does come.
-A professional does not hesitate to ask for help.
-A professional does not take failure (or success) personally.
-A professional endures adversity.
-A professional self-validates.
-The professional does not permit himself to become hidebound within one incarnation, however comfortable or successful. Like a transmigrating soul, he shucks his outworn body and dons a new one. He continues his journey. 
-There's no mystery to turning pro. It's a decision brought about by an act of will. We make up our mind to view ourselves as pros and do it. Simple as that.

"Don't count on motivation, count on discipline. The discipline will set you free." - Jocko Willink

"Whether you say you can or you can't, you're right."- Henry Ford

Seven Successful Beliefs - Tony Robbins
1. Everything happens for a reason and it serves us. Life happens for us, not to us.
2. Failure is simply feedback that you didn't take the proper actions to receive your desired outcome. 
-Don't even use terms like "failure" or "rejection" internally or externally. Every "no" is a learning experience that brings you a step closer to a "yes." 
3. Take responsibility for what happens in your life because you create your world.
4. It's not necessary to understand everything. Know what is necessary for you and outsource the rest.
5. People are your greatest resource. You must be surrounded by excellent people that you respect and appreciate and treat people in general with respect and appreciation.
6. Make your passion your job.
7. There's no great success without great commitment.

Ultimate Success Formula - Tony Robbins
-know your outcome
-take action
-learn from what works, try something else for what doesn't

The Belief/Success Cycle - Tony Robbins
Belief->Potential->Action->Results->Belief->Potential->Action->Results->Belief->. .  .

80/20 ratios
-let others do 80% of the talking. Listen with intent to understand not intent to reply.
-make healthy choices 80% of the time, slip up no more than 20%
-20% of the work you do gets 80% of the results. Study yourself to discover high yield techniques, those repeatable processes that bring the big results.
-in a great relationship you get 80% of what you want

The Change Manifesto - Adriane de Bonvosin
-change is a good thing
-change is a part of life and happens to everyone
-change is an opportunity for me to grow
-change always means that something good is around the corner
-change brings seeds of new beginnings and different ways of living life
-change brings new people, new opportunities, and new perspectives
-change reminds me that I am not in control of many things that happen and reminds me to let go and surrender a little more to life
-change helps me strengthen my change muscle- my self-reliance, inner fortitude, and inner faith that I can handle anything
-change allows me to learn and understand something new
-change reveals another aspect of my personality
-change is never a punishment; it is always an opportunity to connect with what's inside me
-change allows me to choose how I want to react to something that has happened - by accepting or resisting it
-change helps me find my higher self - the part of me that is always there, that doesn't change. Life's unpredictability becomes inifinitely easier when I connect with that part of myself
-change wants me to acknowledge it, understand it, embrace it, and then integrate it into my life and identity
-change is always  on my side. It exists to serve me, teach lessons and help me embrace life's mysteries

“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh