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The Mindset Of The Performer

Artistry was actually never hard to obtain

Mindset shifts are key to success
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When you hear the word “performance” your first association probably isn’t about mindset.

Big stages, spectacular shows, colors, music, and people who are extremely talented are probably what you imagine.

As it turns out though in order to achieve all of this and more, you need to think in a specific way.

Having the right mindset is essential up from the forming of ideas to the very last moment on stage.

Here we explain in the simplest terms what being a performer means in terms of the state of mind.

What Is It?

Let’s break down the general definition of a performer’s mindset first.

People who adopt this way of thinking are mainly driven by recognition and appreciation.

To them, the end result matters not only because of their personal relationship to it but because it influences those around them as well.

Therefore, many times, their opinion is at least somewhat based on the response others have about their achievements.

Now, although this has its cons, it can also be rather positive.

For instance, the connection people with the performer’s mindset have with others is often well built and respected.

The reason behind this is that they deem other people’s criticism just as important as their praise.

This shouldn’t, however, lessen the importance of self-evaluation and opinion.

Believing in yourself is, in fact one of the most critical aspects of this mindset.

As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re probably right,” and this couldn’t be more relevant for performers.

Performing & The Growth Mindset

In order to fully understand why these two mindsets are connected, let’s first explain what a “growth mindset” is.

It’s the basic idea that intelligence, creativity, and success are products of hard work instead of innate qualities.

People with this mindset believe that what they have achieved is because of their devotion and that therefore, everything is possible.

Once you adapt to this way of thinking, the concept that there are some things that you can’t do, that there are mountains that are too high to climb, simply becomes invalid.

As opposed to people with a fixed mindset, with enough hard work and dedication, those with growth one can achieve even their wildest dreams.

That means that they can sustain almost a constant state of change and improvement which allows them to be better performers.

What Are Some Of The Benefits You Can Extract?

As most of you would have guessed, there are many positives that come along with the performer’s mindset.

Let’s start with the most obvious one — you’re in touch with your imagination and creativity.

Being any sort of performer, you thrive when you have new ideas and an opportunity to showcase your abilities, and this mindset is perfect for putting you in situations where you have just that.

Suddenly talking with agents or booking a show isn’t an impossible feat, filled with fear, but an exciting time for which you look forward to.

Another benefit the performer’s mindset has is that it teaches you to love to share your knowledge and skills with others.

You can be a great artist, but you also need an audience, and the more you use this mindset, the more you start appreciating this.

That, in turn, means you’re not afraid of being seen and/or judged.

Criticism is a tough pill to swallow for most people, but performers know that it can be very useful.

And even if the people you share your talents with aren’t acclaimed critics, you’re conscious of their opinions regardless.

This forms beautiful relationships in all sorts of aspects.

Finally, but definitely not less importantly, you enjoy new moments and difficulties.

The entire motivation you need to dive headfirst into a specific thing is that it will be a challenge.

This means that fear rarely holds you back from experiencing what you truly want to, which is incredibly valuable.

Take-Home Message

So what is the performer’s mindset?

Well, it’s a valuable ideology that provides you with everything you need to show your talents and strengths.

It nurtures creativity, helps you find your way of expression and connection to your audience, and makes you less afraid to go after your dreams.

Even just from these points alone, one can agree that the performer’s mindset is extremely beneficial, not to mention tremendously fun.

So, don’t wait for a second more and start thinking of ways to adapt it to your lifestyle!


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Juli Colotti

Juli Colotti

M.S in Kinesiology. Lover of all things Baseball. Helping people grab life by the horns. Find me at the local craft beer joint.

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