If you're a driver, you know what a "blind spot" is – an area that is always out of your sight. When another car enters your blind spot, you can't see it either in your side, or your rear-view mirror. You don't have a clue it's there, while all other drivers can see it! Imagine what might happen if you are switching lanes and a car to your side gets in your blind spot…
Everyone has them, those blind spots – things others detect, but you don't. Not because you don't want to, but because you can't see the whole picture from your perspective.
Here are some things musicians' blind spots tend to contain:
Old habits and communication strategies: affecting business and personal relations, making it hard to establish new connections, resulting in declined negotiations and failed long-term partnerships and friendships.
Limiting beliefs about yourself and the world around you: causing uneasy situations, leading to free, charity-like concerts, low fees and unsuccessful performances.
Everyone has them because just can't see the whole picture from inside.
Behavioral patterns: ending with burnout, making you quit things half-way, settle for little, and cancel your own important engagements because of sickness, etc.
The thing is, you need an outside observer to work on your blind spots: someone who can distinguish what's in them, and can help you switch to the conscious control zone.
That's why professional coaches never stop working on themselves: we can't effectively help others if we have our own blind spots. For this exact reason, I regularly work out with other coaches, supervisors, and psychologists.
You need an outside observer to work on your blind spots: someone who can distinguish what's in them.
Go ahead and try to track what you have problems with!
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