Acting ‘as if’

These days, many people have heard the not-so-old adage: “Fake it ’til you make it.” Why mention it here? Does this apply to writing songs? You bet it does — here’s how:

More than just pretending to be something you’re not, ‘acting as if’ is a powerful tool to help create a reality for you. Hopefully you can be conscious enough to create something desirable over something undesirable — but that’s part of the process. You must see yourself succeeding at what you want to create, instead of falling into the mind trap of seeing only failure. (Think about it for a minute — do you do that?)

Suppose you want to provide a song publisher in Nashville with hit after hit. So imagine yourself getting a phone message from your contact with this publisher: “Hey Mary! This is Jim at Hitmakers. I’m just calling to tell you you’re on a roll! The tunes you’re submitting are dynamite, so keep ’em coming! By the way, your monthly check is on its way. Talk to you soon!”

Think that’s hokey? How’s your current process working out? Do you even have one?

Here’s another. You want to be a great performer, comfortable and poised on stage. You’re sure of yourself, your abilities and your songs. Just see yourself doing what you want to do. See the stage, the lights, the monitors, the other performers; hear the music, the audience, feel your instrument or microphone at your hands, and feel how great it feels! Include every detail you can think of to make it more palpable for you.

And, as with every exercise, do it often. A little of this done often is far better than a lot once in a while. Spend about 10 minutes a day, and log any evidence of it’s becoming true. Being aware of changes and having an expectation of them enhances their coming about.

Remember the recent tip we wrote about practicing? We came down in favor of it. It said something like –

“And what do I mean when I say songwriters should practice? I simply mean regular, frequent writing of songs, including the rewriting, editing, brainstorming, etc.”

When you get into a pattern of doing this, your songwriting will undoubtedly improve AND you will start to feel like a songwriter. You’ll start to know what it feels like to be a songwriter. (Actually, if probably feels different for each individual, but you’ll start to know what it feels like to you. By spending the time and effort, you are faking it til you make it.

By the way, when I’m feeling great because I just wrote a cool melody or phrase, I imagine that’s a feeling shared by all songwriters. Likewise when I feel a real sense of disappointment when one of my songs is rejected by a publisher, I know even the best songwriters have had the same experience and felt the same disappointment.

‘Acting as if’ can also mean going through the motions, even something as simple as saying to yourself ‘I am a songwriter.’ I remember what it felt like the first time I said that out loud. It wasn’t until later that I said it out loud with another person in the room. Of course, if you need baby steps, you might start by saying to people “I’m an aspiring songwriter” or “I’m a beginning songwriter.”

Every time you say it, something inside you is hearing it and confirming it. It has a lot of power. Saying “I’ll never make it” also has power, so be careful what you say.

Doing things like reading a book on songwriting, taking a workshop and especially writing and rewriting are all ways to act as if, to fake it til you make it.


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2 Responses to “Acting ‘as if’”

  1. Robert Cote Says:

    This is a good read. The power of the mind is the ultimate power that we all have!

    Love this blog.

  2. Chris Strait Says:

    So true. I think peope never buy into this stuff, but it totally works by allowing you to do certain things better by enabling parts of your brain that you have subconciously turned off by telling yourself negative thoughts or other etc.

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