Keys To Mastery & Success: Key #4: Visualize the Outcome

August 4th, 2011 by KP

Key 4: Visualize the Outcome

You want to make your goal real & present in the realm of your consciousness, in other words as if it’s already happened. As if it is reality now.

Think in the present, you don’t wish “I want to do this”, it just is. What do we really intend? A lot is mental, a lot is imaging.

99% of the progress & practice ends up being small small details. The small details that no one else sees but you. And they’re the finite details that build mastery of a craft.

Is consciousness real or not real? People say “that’s just in your mind”, but does your consciousness exist in the universe? Yes, and it is very powerful. Then the idea is to have this mesh between your consciousness & the material world.

I visualize as if it’s happening, now. I see it exactly the way I want it to go down. The way you visualize is very important, you can’t visualize from the point of view of ‘this is what you would like to have happen’, but from the viewpoint of it is already happening, it is a done deal, it is reality.

The more you are prepared, the “luckier” you’ll get. The harder you work, the “luckier” you’ll get.

People think luck is this magical fate outside of our control, just being “in the right place at the right time”. But luck isn’t being in the right place at the right time, “luck” or what people think is luck, is THE RIGHT PERSON being in the right place at the right time. And how do you become that “right person”? Practice, and preparation. Practice is the preparation. Michael Jordan wasn’t “lucky” to be noticed for his ability, the fact he had worked his ass off & practiced harder than anyone else, that when “he was in the right place at the right time” he was actually “the right person in the right place at the right time”. That’s what luck is. Not down to fate, but down to you being ready for an opportunity when it presents itself to you.

When some people don’t think I can do something, it very gently, yet very powerfully pisses me off. Please do bet against me. A bet against a champion is a bad bet, a champion shows who they truly are when they are tested.

Imagine a moment where you are on your death bed, and you think, “I could have been…”. Trying something and giving it your best, the pain of that weighs ounces, sometimes more often than not you are proud of yourself for giving it your best shot. But the weight of regret, that weighs tons. A life of pain and being able to go to my dearth bed and say “I pulled it off, I did it” is a lot more inspiring to me than to think of a life of no pain & going to my death bed and saying “I didn’t really try to achieve my dream or to give it my best shot”. That’s bad news.

As a musician, all you need is your imagination. And then you channel the inner stuff. Where you get lost in the moment, you don’t think, you just flow. You feel it.

Visualize as if your dream is reality, as if it is happening right now. If you believe it as reality, it won’t be long before the “mesh” between your consciousness and the material world happens.

KP

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Keys To Mastery & Success: Key #1: Surrender to your Passion

August 1st, 2011 by KP

The Keys To Mastery & Success

A lot of things in life are long awaited. Usually it is never too late once they happen. Patience is the key to a healthy living… with a splash of appropriate impatience.

“I like it when things take off… when things get big… It’s exciting. In 6 months the world will know who SHM are”

The universe presents trailheads, and you can choose to take it, or not. It’s up to you whether you wake up to it & you do something with it

You often get to the point where you don’t quite know where to go. The important thing to do, is to keep showing up, no matter what.

Visualize as if it’s happening right now. Exactly as if it is happening NOW. You don’t wish, not “I want to do X”, instead, it is. It is already reality.

Every attempt at overreaching, playing tricks or looking for a quick fix to get better, they just don’t work.

 

Key 1: Surrender to your Passion

Like in the talent code – find your ignition, know what fuels & ignites your passion. And visualize it, use the ignition.

To begin with, you’ll need more ignition to keep the motivation up, to use as fuel to get the habit in motion. Like in world’s strongest man when they’re pulling a truck or a tractor or something, yes the man burns 80% of his fuel in the first few meters, but it’s essential to get it moving for that first 20%. Then once it’s in motion, it will take more fuel to stop it than it actually will to keep it moving.

Get ignited & get the fuel for the first 20% to get it moving & create the habit (the beginning of the addiction)

E.g. Would you have thought you would one day enjoy reading html code & figuring out html & php? No of course not. But it was necessary. So you pushed through the barrier of struggle enough times to where now the skill set is at such a level where you actually don’t mind when there are problems with coding, it’s actually fun.

It is going to be the same thing with producing. Except this isn’t just necessary, there’s also a passion to fuel it! It’s just going to get harder before it gets easy, so fall in love with the process. Don’t be scared to fail, welcome the idea, because all a ‘failure’ means is that you’ve learned a lesson so you’re making progress.

As Brian Tracy says “Everything is hard, before it is easy.”

Most of the population can’t get the first key, because they don’t know what they want to do with their life.

What you do as a career, becomes what you do for the majority of your waking hours. Which becomes who you are. It defines you. So what happened to you when you grew the “skill” of html – or you “fired certain signals by doing certain actions constantly and wrapped neural circuits with insulation” to create that skill, you were doing html EVERYDAY. So of course you fired that action of learning html everyday, the “skill” was born. Of course it was. The same thing happens to the rest of the population with their professions. Lawyers, doctors, checkout clerks, dentists, beggars, waitresses, you name it. They all become masters of their professions, because they do it EVERYDAY. They do it so much that they grow the skill, master it, get comfortable, and that defines them. It is now very uncomfortable for them to switch career options, so that’s just ‘who they are’ from now on.

So now that you know your passion, you just have to do it, everyday! It’s that simple. Or so it may seem haha. That’s where ignition from “The Talent Code” comes in.

“I work really hard. I LOVE what I do, and that makes me want to work really hard. So I don’t dread working really hard, because I don’t see it as work. The idea of excelling in my passion even further gives me a burning desire to take action. It isn’t work, it’s progress. I don’t work, I progress.”

I haven’t worked a day in my life since I was 17. How can you call doing something you love work? Work to me is getting paid by someone to do something you don’t want to do. I love what I do, and with that progress is what paves the path of the process.

I wake up in the morning at 6am, with no alarm clock, but because my body wakes me up. I wake up in the middle of the night, my mind racing with ideas, all because I am INSPIRED by what I do.

The first greatest struggle: Feeling that you dream will never come true. That no one believes in you. Like you’ve got this bat & ball, but no one will let you on the field to play. Like you’ll never get a chance. You can end up, with that struggle, with a lot of friends. Because there’s plenty more people who have a bat & ball, and don’t get let on the field either. They end up sitting around, drinking beers, and talking about it at night if you believe any of it. You’ll get a lot of friends that way…

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

How do you master anything? One baby step at a time.

You’ve got to take a chance, you have to jump… and risk falling on your face. Then when you do fall on your face, a lot, and you do it enough times to where you start to get experienced, you realize that you’re going to be ok, it wasn’t as bad as you thought it was going to be, and not only that, but when you get back on your feet you’ll have made leaps & bounds in progress. The harder you fall, the deeper the lesson is learned & ingrained.

As you begin to work, then the struggles you have are that you are not valued, you are not valued in what you do. Other people are more valued in the arena than you, they’ll call you in in the morning, and they won’t work you in until late afternoon, you’re the last one to be dismissed. They don’t care about your time, they’ll just keep you around. You get your feelings stepped on, a lot. That’s the next stage of struggle that you must work through.

The thing that struck me immediately, was that I knew what I didn’t know.

Always assume the audience is smarter than you.

Crystalize your existence, and do something about it. Don’t make excuses, don’t blame anyone. It comes down to you. Excuses are like assholes, they shouldn’t be anywhere near your tongue. You know what you need to do if you want to get better. Practice. Practice. Practice. Find the ‘sweet spot’ where something is just outside of your reach, you have to struggle & fight to figure it out & achieve it, but when you do, you feel unstoppable… Limitless. Deep practice. The Clint Eastwood stare… make errors, pause, go back & slow it down at a pace you can work with, figure it out, then speed it back up. Work in chunks, the smallest chunks possible. These chunks create the first piece of a larger chunk, and it continues. Self discipline, and practice, practice, practice.

Our job is to figure out our place, know what we were destined for, then go for it, and go for it with some grace. But not the grace of effortlessness or seamlessness, but the grace of passion, failing forward, getting stuck & feeling like you have no where to turn but you keep showing up. That’s grace.

When you become more successful, and you get more offers than you lose, you get offered gigs & opportunities where you don’t even need to audition, that’s awfully nice. Then the problem you have is, you lose your friends, you don’t have those friends anymore. Now instead you have people who are jealous, they feel that you have more success than you deserve, you have ‘their’ career. You have to deal with the loneliness of that. And then you find that you always have a true friend in your passion, and that you realize that now you have more time to put in to your love of producing & music, you realize you have a very true companion in your passion, and then it all feels much better.

Everyone is significant, everyone is important. We all have the capacity for excellence, and for greatness, we just need to hit pause once in a while and take a look at US instead of worrying what everyone else thinks about us, or what everyone else is doing, or what we might be missing out on. Before we can help others, we have to be help ourselves first. It’s up to you whether you wake up to it & do something with it.

Key #2 coming soon to a screen near you

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Don’t Let Your Lens Of Life Lose Focus

July 6th, 2011 by KP

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Don’t Let Your Lens Of Life Lose Focus.

I was at dinner with Jim & Anthony the other night, and we had some good talks about business & getting focused on priorities.

It’s tough to keep your head on straight & clear when everyone around you is living the high life & out doing fun shit, and you have to say no to it. It is tough, but it’s necessary. With us focusing on business & goals, like I said in one of my last posts, progress requires sacrifice. You have to always be focusing on the long term over short term. The short term is what most people chase, because you get almost immediate gratification from it, but the gratification is almost all of the time short lived too. Where as when you focus on the long term, this is what brings you the long term gratification and sustained happiness, rather than the short term happiness.

What I mean by this, is don’t let anyone knock you off course.

We were at Coachella this year, and after getting to sleep at 7am on Friday (well Saturday morning), for some reason I woke up 2 hours later at 9am and couldn’t sleep. So I went in the living room of the house we were staying at with everyone (about 10 of us were staying at this mansion, right across the street from Coachella literally walking distance!) got my laptop out and started replying to emails and getting on with some work.

There was me thinking everyone was asleep, but no surprise when Aaron comes walking in to the living room, hasn’t even slept yet and is up on his own lol.

He goes (in his aussie accent): “Mate what the fuck are you doing up?”

Me: “I can’t sleep so just getting on with some work”

Aaron” “Mate, you remind me of me. Let me tell you something, when I was your age everyone was telling me I was young & that I worked too much, that I need to let loose & live life up more. These are meant to be the best years of your life. I’m sure people say the same to you. Don’t fucking listen to any of them mate, just listen to yourself. Know the path you’re on, keep your head down & keep moving. Keep your head down for a few years of solid hard work, and life gets really fucking good mate. It’s all so worth it in the long run. Yes there’s a lot of work in the initial phase, but my life is amazing now, and every day for the past 8 years has got better and better. I can’t explain to you how much I love everyday of my life even more than the day before. Very very few people are willing to sacrifice the good times upfront in the short term, because they’re uncertain they’ll succeed, and they’re afraid they’ll “miss out”. What they don’t know, is sacrificing the short term now only leads to reaping the good times in the long run, and the long term gratification of living life is a billion times more rewarding than the short term. Difference between short term & long term, the short term rewards are short lived, long term rewards are long lived. They are consistently amazing. You’re doing it right mate, I’d tell you if you weren’t. Stay at it mate, listen to you, don’t listen to anyone else or let anyone knock you off track. Alright, now I’m off to bed.” (Aaron’s normal sleep hours are 9.30am -11.30am or so lol)

Aaron’s a really big mentor in my life, one of the most successful people I know & truly living Supernova, he’s living the life. Ferrari, sickest house in LA, most amazing social circle in the mecca of cities to make it big in the world. And he’s only 30. So that talk coming from him meant a lot.

It is hard to stay on track when you see EVERYONE you know living the high life, while you have to tell yourself everyday to keep focused on the long term & stay on track. Especially when it’s available to you, all you have to do is say yes and fall in to the fun. And the fun times feel so good, it’s so hard to resist. But that talk with Aaron, I play it over in my head again & again everyday. I told Jim the same story while we were at Aaron’s that day (watching every 4th July firework show in the South Cali area from Aaron’s house at the top of the hollywood hills, his view is literally a panoramic view of LA, from Malibu to South Bay, Santa Monica to downtown, it’s nuts there were fireworks going off everywhere you looked!)

After the three of us talking at Aaron’s and at dinner, Jim summed up everything by saying –

“Basically, what you have to do, is just not let yourself get caught up in everyone else’s shit.”

No matter how much fun it may seem, if you want to get the long term success as fast as possible, you can’t let anyone knock you off course. You have to stay true to yourself, and you can’t let your lens of life lose focus of who you are and what you’re striving for.

Jim said “I will carry mountains if I have to, as long as I’m still going to get to where I need to be.”

Basically nothing’s going to stop him getting to where he needs to go. And that’s the mindset you have to keep carved in stone in your mind.

The way to approach any goal, stay focused, stay on track, stay true to yourself and don’t let yourself get caught up in anyone else’s shit. If something needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it, don’t complain, don’t think you’re unlucky for having to do it or got dealt a bad hand in life. Want to know something? Life is fucking hard when you’re trying to make it. Fact. The people who sit & complain that they got a bad hand in life, that they’re hard done by, don’t realise that EVERYONE gets dealt shit hands in the game of life! Everyone is hard done by!!!

FUCKING GET OVER IT!!!

No complaining, that’ life. Just do what needs to be done. That’s it, just do what needs to be done & there’s nothing else to it. Something needs to be done? Life knocks you down a peg & it feels like you’ve been dealt a bad hand? You feel like you’re hard done by? Welcome to real life. Get up, figure what the next step forward is, and get to it. Don’t let ANYTHING OR ANYONE knock you off course.

You’re the only person that has the ability to do that.

Til next time, suck it easy.

KP

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