Living in New England most of my life, I have to say fall is my favorite time of year. There is a certain freshness to the season filled with possibility. The sound of the school bell beckoning the kids to resume their studies, the crisp air, the brilliant colors of the leaves and the transition into the Holiday season. Remember the first day of school each year? Sporting our new threads, seeing old friends, wondering what are classes will be like and noticing how cute some of our classmates got over the summer.
The first day of school each year meant a clean slate. Everyone starts with an A+. You can maintain, excel or fall behind. The decision was yours. It was just a matter of continuing your good habits and eliminating the bad ones. In school we had teachers, mentors and guidance counselors to help point the way. As adults we more or less have to figure it out on our own. The one constant thing in life is that everything changes. Our age, jobs, likes, dislikes, our religious and political views and relationships are always in flux. How do we keep it all in perspective? Know Thyself!
Self critiquing is by far the toughest challenge we face. Looking in the mirror and being bluntly honest with ourselves is dreadful, to say the least. An annual reality check is a good thing. Because our goals and passions change over time; reassessing what we want out of life helps keep us focused and grounded. A book I picked up twenty years ago titled “Creative Visualization” by Shatki Gawain and the accompanying workbook have really helped me to keep my goals clear and in perspective.
The book focuses on the principles of attraction and abundance. Whatever is in our lives right now is there because we attracted it to ourselves through positive or negative behaviors and choice. The Law of Abundance states that there is enough of everything for our well being in the universe. Like fishing, you are casting a line into the world and reeling in prosperity and happiness. Other books like “The Secret” focus on similar principles. The Creative Visualization Workbook helps you channel your desires and
goals onto to paper to give you a clear path.
I challenge you to use the chart I included with this article. Read it aloud while looking in the mirror. Tell yourself the truth. Who are you? Apply this to the type of gigs you do. What do you like most about them? Which ones do you hate? What is your dream gig? Attract it to you. Do this and you will be a better Dj because you will be focused on what you love most about our industry. Two years ago I decided I wanted to write for Mobile Beat. Ryan graciously published one of my articles and a year and a half later, here I am. Goals do take time, but the sooner you put them out to the universe, the sooner you can start living the life you have dreamed of. Most of all you’ve got to be honest with yourself. Carpe Diem!
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