The Practicing Mind is: learning and achieving through intention and repetition. And musicians have it in spades…sometimes. By the time Tom Sterner was twenty three he had worked with some of the largest orchestras in the world. He knows what he is talking about when it comes to practice and patience. But it wasn’t always like that…

Tom suffered during his youth. He would get excited when starting a new project but the inspiration would die soon after. He lacked focus and couldn’t stick with anything long enough to see results. Feeling frustrated, he decided to make a change. In the process, Tom discovered how to control his creativity instead of his creativity controlling him. And that is what this interview is all about.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why focusing on being “good” as a musician is actually kind of bad
  • The one thing musicians do and why it cripples creativity
  • How to have more time, energy and focus
  • Find out how to get relaxed control of your creative genius
  • The definition of perfection
  • How to keep your initial inspirations from dying too early
  • Discover the number one cause of creative failure (and why it’s an easy fix!)
  • How 5 minutes every day will make you laser focused
  • The one thing that makes the Practicing Mind possible and how to get it
  • How to ignore irrelevant distractions
  • Set goals without limiting your creativity
  • Why musicians struggle with motivation and what to do about it

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A very special thank-you to Tom Sterner for joining me this week. Peace!

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