As in my last post I am going to talk about preparation. It is a key to success in anything.
Be organised and know where everything is. A clear mind requires a clear workspace. Whatever that is. And surprisingly this does not take long. But it is well worth the effort. For my gigs I have organised all of my songs by key and I have full confidence I can pick a song which will harmonically match with another. This helps in the heat of a high stimulation environment.
Once you have prepared you will be more relaxed and will perform better. Always go to the venue before and do a soundcheck, get your head around the equipment. It is a must with preparation.
Make sure you are well rested and have had some proper nutrition. You can’t do well if you don’t feel well. That is a fact. Your body is a temple. It surprises me how few people understand the mechanism that drives us through the thing we call “life”. What happens when you don’t take care of your car… it breaks down or performs poorly. Your job is to treat your body like a temple.
And you don’t have to work incessantly on your preparation. Focus, focus, focus. Parkinsons law tells us that 80% of our results come from 20% of our efforts. Do your most important work first, in the morning. Get up earlier if you are working. You can then rest assured that during the day you have done what is most important to you, and the universe will reward you.
Is there anything else you want to add?