May 15, 2019 by Klaus Crow
Every important change you’ve made in your life started with an act of imagination.
Your imagination is the source of everything that you are and will be.
If you want to become the guitar player you really want to be or accomplish other great things in your life you have to imagine it.
And with “Imagine it” I don’t mean just some random one-time-only wish of yours.
You have to really believe what you want and imagine it several times every single day. You have start breathing the life you want to live. Just start living it and acting towards it.
No matter what other people will tell you or how they try to discourage you, if you believe it (without listening the other peoples voice in your head), if you can imagine it vividly and it feels true to you then life will unfold in that manner and a path will lead you to awesomeness.
You will attract the right people and the right circumstances at the right time.
You have to continuously follow your heart in this. There is experimenting involved, exploring new territory and although it may be challenging, if there’s something inside of you that says you can do it then do it. But it’s important to imagine it lively, believe and feel it as if you already accomplished it.
– Do you want to be a songwriter or a performer? Start to imagine your new life.
What gigs do you play? Where do you record your songs? Where and when do you write? What kind of musicians are part of your band? Where do you rehearse and practice? What style of music do you write, record, play, sing and perform? What kind of songwriter or performer are you? How do you perceive yourself?
– Do you want to be a better guitar player? Imagine it and start breathing it.
What skills or songs do you master? What styles are you able to play? Are you a fast guitar player, more melodic, authentically blues, jazz, rock or country? Do you improvise over any song in any key or play a repertoire by heart? Do you excel in fingerstyle?
Who is your teacher? Are you getting lessons online or from a personal guitar teacher? How do you practice daily, when and where? What does your playing sound like?
Imagine every detail as lively as possible and feel good and excited about it. Now start living that life as if it were already yours and continue to imagine it and feel it every single day.
Along with imagination comes the feeling.
How does the image of the guitar player, the songwriter or anything else you’d like to be and the life you want to live feel like. Now experience that feeling! That feeling needs to be a feeling of love and excitement in order to become a reality.
Although you may not be in that place right now, it’s important to imagine and feel like that as much as you can, as if you already live the life you want. What will happen is that your subconscious mind will pick up on it. Your subconscious mind controls about 97 percent of your behavior and practically runs your life.
The things you think about repeatedly and program yourself to do in your conscious mind (here’s where you decide what you focus on) and the feeling that goes along with it, will be stored in your subconscious mind which will take over from there. Your subconscious mind will run according to your thoughts and feelings. So it’s really important that the picture you want for yourself and the feeling that goes along with it match up.
In fact if your feeling overrules your imagination, the feeling is the first thing that will be impressed upon your subconscious. So make sure you feel good and exited about what you want and start feeling as if you already live that life. Imagine it and love it!
Your subconscious acts upon what you feel and think and creates that what you believe and feel.
“Thoughts become things” ~ Buddha
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Hi klaus sir,
I am really amazed by your article.Its a very good motivator.you are a very good teacher.your ideas are very clear and inspiring
Thank you very much. I believe now. Hope I, and we all, get what we want. = )
Thanks for the shot of motivation, Klaus! It can be hard sometimes when others don’t see the vision you have for yourself, but “Just start living it and acting towards it” is the best advice for getting them to come around. I’m in the process of Re-imagining my life as a guitar player and your advice is helping folks like us to stay focused on going after what we really want.
Klaus Crow says
Hi Prasana, Zuhair and Albo,
Thanks for your feedback. It means the world to me.
Keep living your dreams!
Hi klaus sir,
I had read many of your articles.your articles are excellent and informative.They are very useful.you are a very good teacher.I learned many thing from your article.you are also a teacher to me,you are my best teacher .I love your articles and you
Did you become the guitarist you really wanted to be?
Klaus Crow says
That’s a great question. I started teaching guitar when I was about 16 years old and I loved doing that. It was something that just came naturally. (I was still in school and worked as a carpenter for a short while after that) Then I decided I wanted to become a full time professional guitar player in a band. I talked about it, imagined it, felt it every single day and it became a reality. I gigged around the country for 8 years and had a wonderful time. At one moment I wanted a change, no more gigging on holidays, late nights and I wanted more freedom. I wanted to start a family, teaching at home and creating a new lifestyle for myself.
Now I am 36 years old, happily married with two kids (a third one coming up), teaching guitar at home, blogging, still practicing and improving my guitar skills, playing with fellow musicians, drinking cappuccino, good wine and living a pretty good life. It’s the greatest thing that happened to me, because I create my own rules and my own lifestyle.
As far as my guitar playing skills, I’m in a pretty good place with many wishes fulfilled, still improving and loving every minute of it. Yes I can say, I’m living the life of the guitarist I really want to be. Who knows what the future will bring?
Horace R says
Ever since I saw the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan show at the age of 13 I knew that I wanted to be in a band. I did start playing at that early age but life took me in another direction for 45 years, and I kind of lost my dream. I do still play the guitar and I can sing also but have never been able to really devote much time to really hone my skills. I must say since I found your site and after reading, how to become the guitar player you always wanted to be I have made my mine up to do just that. You really touched my heart by what you said and how you said it. Thank you so much Klaus for putting the sprite back into me.