People usually marvel at the speed at which I get things done –
I personally don’t think it’s such a big deal. It’s simply what I do.
But I’ve noticed that when people get close to me, they also begin to get things done faster than ever before.
How is this possible?
Why do some people never start a project, others take forever to complete them, and others never finish them – yet I and those close to me start and complete at warp speed?
For example, my wife, Nerissa, just completed her first book, a cookbook titled Bread-Free Bread. It consists of almost 80 recipes, all of them created from scratch. They reveal how to make “breads” out of vegetables, seeds and nuts. The book is already a bestseller.
But here’s the interesting part: she landed a publishing deal and began the book project before signing it, worked night and day for two months to create, develop, test and retest the recipes, as well as take color photos of each dish.
And she did it while having two surgeries, selling rental property of 17 years, buying a new home for her mother, having bathroom remodeling and construction workers interrupting her, losing our beloved cat of 15 years, and maintaining her activities in local politics.
But how was this possible?
She’s not alone.
Guitar Monk Mathew Dixon is my partner on several music projects, such as Aligning to Zero.
When I told him I had an idea for more original healing music, created with my baritone clearing electric guitar, and with prayers read by me, we took action and broke the speed of sound.
We created all tracks, from zero, in about four weeks.
A few weeks later, we were selling the album.
It’s called Invoking Divinity.
Some musicians take years to get their first album done.
Some never do it at all.
How did we do it so fast?
These stories of time distortion and instant results don’t stop there.
As you may already know from a previous blog post, I heard a baritone saxophone for the first time in January of 2014.
I loved it.
I bought a vintage bari sax in February.
In March I started playing, improvising, and learning.
Thanks to my music producer’s belief in me – Daniel Barrett said I have a supernatural connection to the sax – I was in the studio recording an all sax album in October.
In November – yes, this month – barely ten months from first hearing the bari sax – I completed it.
It’s called Afflatus, which means “divine inspiration.”
And by the way, that’s my tenth album — in just over three years.
How is this possible?
What’s my secret to instant productivity?
It’s this –
I move as if I am on fire.
I treat ideas as gifts from the universe.
When they arrive, I do my best to act fast, if not instantly.
I also watch my mind for any excuses or doubts, and remove them at once.
The more I am clear, the faster I can create.
That’s worth repeating —
“The more I am clear (of limiting beliefs about what is possible), the faster I can create.”
And I surround myself with people who encourage and believe in me.
The result is a win-win.
I get projects done, and others around me are inspired to get things done, too.
Inspiration is contagious.
It ignites fire in others too.
I’ve often said, “Money likes speed.”
Well, the Universe likes it, too.
The faster you do, the faster everyone benefits.
And lest you think I am producing mediocre work by moving so quickly, keep in mind that several of my songs have been nominated for the Posi Award (considered the Grammy’s of positive music), my music video called “Be Kind” has been seen (at recent count) over 90,000 times, my albums with Mathew are all best-sellers for us, and the team that helps me create my singer-songwriter music are celebrity musicians, award winning musicians, and even one musician in the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’ve even had three Grammy winners involved in one album.
And my books – such as The Attractor Factor and Zero Limits – are bestsellers around the world.
I am producing top quality at top speed.
You can do this, too.
One more example:
A few years ago I was invited to be on the cover of Austin All Natural magazine. I decided I would create my first album in three months, and feature it as the cover story. It would announce my debut as a musician.
But I also went to Mathew Dixon, and to singer Sarah Marie, and told them if they, too, completed new albums within three months, I’d see that they were included in the magazine.
We could support each other.
It’d be a win-win-win.
We all went to work.
Remember, we each started from nothing.
And we each had the same three months to get our albums done.
We did it, too.
We completed our albums and were featured in the issue.
Again, inspiration is contagious.
This is the secret of great productivity:
Light a fire in your heart and let the flames of passion drive you to completion.
Knowing that others have done this helps you erase any mental limitations that may have been slowing or stopping you.
Doing it with others, or with others who believe in you, also collapses time, excuses, and perceived limits.
Truth is, I don’t know that we have any real limitations.
But what fun it is to test the limits.
Light a fire and burn.
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You can achieve great things when someone believes in you.
I know this first hand.
Daniel Barret, my music producer, coauthor of The Remembering Process, and friend, urged me to create an album of all saxophone music before I felt ready to do so.
I even argued with him about it.
“You have a two year old son,” I began. “Getting me to record sax music right now is like my offering to train your son for the Olympics. He’s not ready. I’m not ready.”
But Daniel persisted.
“You have a supernatural connection to the sax,” he said. “Every time I hear you play, I feel the power of it.”
Keep in mind that I had heard a baritone saxophone for the first time last January, when Thomas van der Brook came into the studio to add his bari sax to a track on my Reflection album.
I loved it.
I decided right then to buy a sax and learn how to play.
I did, too.
But that was only months ago.
I had a couple lessons to learn how to put the sax together, watched some YouTube videos on how to play the sax, bought 17 books on the sax, and a DVD course, and just kept trying.
Every week or so, I’d record my playing and send it to Daniel.
I was simply sharing.
But he used it as evidence.
He felt I was ready to record.
After a few months – and with Daniel’s polite but persistent encouragement – I took the jump.
I realized I had been arguing for my limitations.
Enough of that.
I agreed to create an album of all sax music.
That was a HUGE, BOLD, and SCARY move.
I didn’t feel confident.
I didn’t feel ready.
Yet I knew that one of the best ways to learn something is to simply dive in and create a project out of it. Recording an album of sax music would put me in a situation where I had to learn how to play, and fast.
I also knew that as soon as I stated an intention, and invited inspiration, that the Universe would rush in to help me.
And so the adventure began.
It helped that sax great Mindi Abair heard me play (during a Skype sax lesson with her) and said, “You have real talent.”
It helped that I went in the studio with Mathew Dixon and added some bari sax to the first track of our album, Invoking Divinity, which came out hauntingly beautiful.
But that wasn’t a whole album of sax music.
I still remember the first day in the studio with Daniel.
As he set up the mike, and I put together the mouthpiece and reed on my baritone sax, he looked at me and said, “On one level this is an insane thing to do, but let’s do it and see what occurs.”
I played the baritone, tenor, and alto saxophones.
Daniel mixed the music and added some tasty sounds.
I wrote and recorded some hypnotic odes, or prayers.
We ended up with ten tracks – the first five with the poems at an audible level, and the second five with the prayers at a subliminal, or below conscious, level.
I decided to call the album Afflatus, which means, “sudden Divine inspiration.”
And the album is done.
The miracle is complete.
When Mark Hallman, who mastered the album, heard it, he said, “This is the best music you’ve recorded yet. A masterpiece.”
When Mathew Dixon, my partner on several albums, heard it, he said, “It sounds fantastic! I just finished listening and it sounds incredible!”
I’m about as proud as any musician could be.
I’ll be selling the album in 2015 but I’ll be giving it away — yes, you read it right: giving it away for free — in December, as part of my birthday/end of year sale. (I’ll give you details later, of course.)
But I wanted to share this adventure with you today for the lesson it reveals.
It all started with someone who believed in me more than I believed in myself.
With encouragement, you can achieve virtually anything you can conceive.
What’s your dream?
I believe in you.
Go for it!
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