The New Year has just begun and like so many people I’m sure you’ve already made some resolutions. The resolution that I have made for 2015 is to stop procrastinating. I’ll probably get around to it sometime in the next couple of weeks (stop to acknowledge bad joke). I’ve found that when I tell myself I’ll do it later it never really seems to get done. Later never seems to become now, it just keeps on being later. And I have a feeling I’m not the only one who feels that way.
So let’s face it. As musicians we’ve earned a certain reputation over the centuries as being somewhat lazy and aloof. I mean, we feel so many feelings and spend most of our energies being creative. Sometimes we can get so involved in what we are doing that we can lose track of time. And that’s fair. No one is perfect anyways. But if you’re anything like me, when it comes to the stuff that makes you feel a little uncomfortable you may have a tendency to procrastinate or make up perfectly rational excuses as to why you can’t do it at the moment.
Someone once told me that to rationalize an excuse is to tell yourself a rational lie, and that certainly holds true in my life. It’s my dreams and goals after all that I’m excusing away when I decided the things that scare me aren’t worth pursuing.
Chances are that if I’m feeling comfortable I’m probably not making much progress toward what it is I really want out of life. Mary Poppins told us “A task once begun is half done” and that’s some great advice. When I do get off my lazy butt and do the things that I don’t feel like doing they end up getting done. It’s almost magical! I know they say good things come to those who wait, but the truly great things happen to those who go out and make them happen. Stop giving your self excuses and start thinking of all the reasons you should do it and then do it. Even if you don’t feel like it. Even if you’re tired. Even if the timing isn’t right. Do it anyways. Your dreams and goals are worth it!
Cary Crichlow, Senior Producer and Engineer
RCR Recording Studios