Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This is the Year

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens.” - Ecclesiastes 3:1

This is the time you have waited for.

For years you have sat on the sidelines, knowing full well that God has given you all the tools you need to get out and use your talents for Him. You have watched “reality shows” like The Voice, American Idol, and others and rolled your eyes at the silliness. But secretly, you were a tad jealous those people are at least following their dreams, and actually doing something about it!

You've been asked repeatedly if you have a CD, or if you are singing anywhere, or dancing, acting, etc. right now. You grin and sheepishly shrug, as if you have no idea what to say. And maybe you don’t. You've felt ill-prepared to take the next step, mainly because there’s no one to work with locally. Maybe you have even tried or talked to some folks, or worse been burned by someone you thought could help.

Or maybe you've shown your art off before, and pursued this once to limited success. And now, you don’t even want to show that CD or old art off anymore. It’s not you, maybe you just feel it’s outdated or wasn't really done with the quality you wanted.

But this year, instead of lamenting over past failures or going nowhere, how about taking some steps to getting going with your own art and ministry.

Step One: Choose to START Or Start Over.

“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For songwriters and music artists, there has never been a better time to pursue music ministry with all the tools the Christian music business has offered in the past only to the “stars”. Players, producers, engineers, studios, publicists, and radio programmers, all offer services directly to you. Affordable programs exist for you to follow your dreams and with a few months have your music available to thousands if not millions around the world. If only you will make the move to get started.

No matter what kind of creative thing you do, the hard part is deciding if it’s important enough to you. Are you okay to just go on with life as you know it? Fine for more of the status quo? If so, it’s your own choosing. Are you ready to work at what others call a pipe dream?

“Never follow your dreams. Follow your effort. It’s not about what you can dream of. That’s easy. It’s about whether or not it’s important enough to you to do the work to be ready to be successful in that business.” – Mark Cuban

Step Two: Take the Risk and Get Going.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot

It’s oh so easy to stay where you are. Risk is hard, and the possibility of failing, or failing again, is sometimes too much to think about with everything else you have to do. But in truth, there is nothing more important than using your gifts to proclaim God’s message and take Him into the world. That’s why you have them.

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” – Exodus 9:16

Make a call. Shoot off an email. Surf the web for someone to help you while you are watching TV. It’s not hard, and with email the risk of hearing “no” is lessened greatly.

The important part, after making the decision to start, is then taking the risk to get in touch with someone who can help. Forget naysayers. Ignore your circumstances. Tune out all the other noise about how or why you can’t, and just do.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

This is the year for you to get going, finally.

Are you ready?

Have a great year!

EC
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Eric Copeland is the president and lead producer for Creative Soul, a Nashville consulting, production, and marketing company for Christian music ministries that are trying to get things going the right way. To find out more and get going with your music ministry today, go to http://www.CreativeSoulOnline.com

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:38 PM

    Thank you Eric. Very good, inspiring words.

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  2. Anonymous10:37 AM

    I second that, very inspiring and on target.

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  3. Anonymous5:43 AM

    tears were running down my face...so I made the move, see you soon my brother.

    alex
    sugarland texas

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