Have confidence in music and in life

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The other day, I learned a valuable lesson about the need to have confidence in music and in life.

have confidenceThe band I play  in had just went through a tough rehearsal. We were supposed to play the next day, and to say we were struggling would be kind. We’d tried to learn a few new songs, and all but one were bad. Real bad.

We finally replaced a few of the harder songs with easier tunes, but our music was still pretty rough. When we started playing, I thought about some advice a piano teacher gave me years ago. I was nervous just before a recital and she said, “Steve, if you mess up, just keep going and no one will notice.”

I’m not sure she was being completely truthful, but her suggestion helped calm me down and helped me play better, I’m sure. Since then I’ve thought of her words many times.

So when we started playing the other day, I decided to play with confidence. I knew that if I played tentatively I would almost certainly mess up.

I don’t know if the other band members picked up on it, but I do know that we played better than we had at any time during practice.

I thought later how the music lesson also applies to life. Confidence is often the difference between success and failure. It’s like someone once said, “If you think you’re going to fail, or if you think you’re going to succeed, you’re right.”

So next time you get nervous about something, get in harmony with your optimistic side. Have confidence in music and in life. Even if you make a mistake, keep going. No one will notice.

Make the right decision — It’s not too late

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Isn’t it great when you think you’ve missed an opportunity to do something, and then you realize you haven’t.

And it’s even greater when you understand the bigger meaning behind the realization.

The other night, I went to an awesome concert by Kyle Matthews, a Christian singer and songwriter. I like his singing and piano playing, and I really enjoy his concerts.

You know you’re watching a talented person when it’s just the musician and his instrument.

No blinking lights. No fog machine. No backup singers. Just pure music.

After the concert, I went a table where Kyle’s CDs were on sale. He has a new CD coming out, and for $13 you could get a single and have the full CD mailed to you when its released. That’s what I decided to do.

Four other CDs were on sale, including one which I already have. After I wrote the check for the new CD, someone mentioned that you could get it and the other four for $40.

“Bummer,” I said to myself. “If I would have known that, I would have went for that deal.”

A short while later, I was telling my wife about the CDs as we were fixing to leave for home. “I would have gotten the $40 deal if I would have known about it,” I said.

Then it hit me — I could still do it. So I went back to the table and asked if I could give them $27 and get the other CDs. “Sure,” they said.

And that’s what I did.

Later, it occurred to me that many times, that we often make the same mistake in life and in business. We think it’s too late, when it’s really not.

Sometimes we get the idea that when we make a decision that we’re stuck with it forever and ever. Not necessarily.

So next time, you’re thinking about how you want your life to improve, perhaps you should reconsider your options. Chances are you have the capacity to make things better. Just make the decision and do it.

Steve DeVane