CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23) Confidence Is Everything. It trumps experience, rivals talent and beats the beans out of a good education. So what you’re broke, who cares you’re buried in responsibilities, big deal you failed before. You’re an artist, an entrepreneur for pity sake! This is the life you’ve chosen, this is your destiny!    Take a good long look at your career. You’re either living your dream, working on it and making progress, or stalled on the sidelines. Either way, ask yourself this: What If Nothing Changes? What if your current circumstances remain the way they are, and nothing changes?     It’s time to call forth the warrior of confidence that dwells within you, and once and for all confront and defeat the six most relentless enemies who hide in the (inner) shadows of every artist and entrepreneur, and who are hell bent to destroy your confidence and invade your work:- The Persistent Procrastinator who slows your progress - The Relentless Resistor who stalls your choices and decisions - The Taunting Doubter who questions and demeans your talents and abilities - The Constant Distracter who robs you of your focus and attention- The Vicious Saboteur who heartlessly derails your dreams and visionsWhich enemy are you currently fighting? Which ones have you defeated? Keep in mind that every successful artist and entrepreneur fight the same inner enemies you do. They just do what needs to be done—they do the work.    From this very moment forward you have a unique opportunity to stand tall with the sword of confidence in one hand and the flag of victory in the other and proclaim that which is rightfully yours; the life of your dreams! Not magically, but intelligently—simply by doing that which needs to be done. You’re an entrepreneur, go manifest something that makes a difference! You’re an artist, inspire us all with your profound gift of creativity! Just never stop working on your impossible dream...no matter what.    Where do you stand? Where are you stuck? What would it take to break free from the grip of your inner enemies?
J Michael Dolan

CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)

Confidence Is Everything. It trumps experience, rivals talent and beats the beans out of a good education. So what you’re broke, who cares you’re buried in responsibilities, big deal you failed before. You’re an artist, an entrepreneur for pity sake! This is the life you’ve chosen, this is your destiny!
   
Take a good long look at your career. You’re either living your dream, working on it and making progress, or stalled on the sidelines. Either way, ask yourself this: What If Nothing Changes? What if your current circumstances remain the way they are, and nothing changes?
   
It’s time to call forth the warrior of confidence that dwells within you, and once and for all confront and defeat the six most relentless enemies who hide in the (inner) shadows of every artist and entrepreneur, and who are hell bent to destroy your confidence and invade your work:
- The Persistent Procrastinator who slows your progress
- The Relentless Resistor who stalls your choices and decisions
- The Taunting Doubter who questions and demeans your talents and abilities
- The Constant Distracter who robs you of your focus and attention
- The Vicious Saboteur who heartlessly derails your dreams and visions

Which enemy are you currently fighting? Which ones have you defeated? Keep in mind that every successful artist and entrepreneur fight the same inner enemies you do. They just do what needs to be done—they do the work.
   
From this very moment forward you have a unique opportunity to stand tall with the sword of confidence in one hand and the flag of victory in the other and proclaim that which is rightfully yours; the life of your dreams! Not magically, but intelligently—simply by doing that which needs to be done. You’re an entrepreneur, go manifest something that makes a difference! You’re an artist, inspire us all with your profound gift of creativity! Just never stop working on your impossible dream...no matter what.
   
Where do you stand? Where are you stuck? What would it take to break free from the grip of your inner enemies?

COMMENTS


Posted By Randy
Small steps
Keeping demons of distraction completely out of the mind is critical for success. Take time at the beginning if each day to make a list of things to do that are steps to your goal. They may seem unimportant and are required regardless. Take at leadt One step at a time everyday is the key. These small efforts may seem fruitless but that us where the magic is.


Posted By Rusty Lehr
Music Industry
I have the confidence to pursue and have for many years now. I will never give up what makes me happy. One step at a time I always say. Keeping focused on both my dream and reality, visualizing to maintain goals and keep my interest in what needs to be done. It works and it is self hypnosis, puting everything into perspective


Posted By Daniel Gilbert
Creativity
I Love Your Blog. Check out "Flow" and more recently "Creativity" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Posted By floyd burney
Confidence
Thanks for the good read. Yes, it's good to have confidence but it's equally important to see reality too. "Dream but don't Hallucinate" So if you don't "got it" be smart enough to know when it's time to bag the music & get into selling Amway or something.


Posted By Bjorn Sorlie
I donīt wanna face it
Thanx for opening my eyes to the great allure - always thought I was about the only creative person feeling this way. I suddenly feel comforted by the realization that Iīm not the only one roaming this battlefield. I feel like quoting Lennon: "you can sing for your supper, but you just canīt make it. I donīt wanna face it oh no.... " :-/


Posted By Mark Grove
confidence
Thank you Michael. I'm a writer in the music biz trying to break through into writing promo material and liner notes for labels and agencies. It's tough getting gigs like that, but I know I'll never stop.I won't just try I'll create value for musicians and companies who represent them. Mark


Posted By Jim Mayer
Resisting Choice
Huge man! Thanks! What really struck me is how we can be stalled at a choice for days, weeks, months or years. Making a choice, imperfect or not, is one of the most powerful things we can do. Best, Jim


Posted By Ben Justus
Thank you
Thanks JMD....... for writing many truths.


Posted By Rachel
Co Co Co Confindence
Confidence is a great asset, I agree, but honestly, their are times I am trembling in my boots... but now, faith..well that's strong, lasting, centering..Faith in a tried strength. I don't know my destiny, I know I have one, I look forward to discouvering it, the next page, the new chapter...I want to draw the pictures....Thank you Michael! Rachel


Posted By LEOPOLD & THE BANG! BANG! BANG!
fresh
thanks for the words!!! keeps us going strong! love leopold


Posted By Robin Mills
Confidence
It's the taunting Doubter. That's the enemy that gets me every time. I feel i have some control over the others, like it's my choice if I allow myself to procrastinate or get distracted. However I feel helpless when I'm overwhelmed with self doubt. It stops me in my tracks every time. Thank you Michael for reminding me that I do have a warrior woman inside me who is always ready to battle the enemy of self doubt. You've given me strength tonight...


Posted By Byron
Confidence
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.


Posted By Gunnar
Starving Artist
I have a manic mindset that fits all these symptoms with added in depression spurts that I can barely manage. So with all that tweaks my mind and having to waste time and little energy I have scrounging for shit jobs to pay bills, life is nothing short of a living nightmare for me!!!


Posted By Tonya Dyson
WOW...just what I needed to hear
The Taunting Doubter and Constant Distracter have been on my case for a while now...finally finding the courage to shake them free. Thank you for this!


Posted By JR Renusson
Thank You J
I am an owner of an all age concert venue in Grand Rapids MI. This just made me realize why I opened a venue in the first place. I think I have been losing sight of why I even started this business. Thank You JR


Posted By Ken Budka
We're All in the Same Boat
Great reminder that we all face these same challenges on a daily basis. Be clear about what you want and move forward a little bit each day builds confidence. And as you said initially, confidence is everything.


Posted By Ozara Ode'
TEARS of JOY
Whew- I had to wipe the tears away. I was in Constant Distractor mode- with Vicious Saboteur close behind! I have been on my grind for 10 yrs and was having doubt about continuing on. That made me ill- the thought of doing nothing with my talent and creativity. Ty is not enough- keep it coming!!! I'm baaaaaaack!


Posted By Garnet
Feel all of this!
This blog hit me perfectly! I am in the process of finishing our 3rd record and am definitely facing a couple of these ..doubt ? Maybe the one that is hardest to overcome, anyway, thanks! You got something going inside of me . ~The Blakes


Posted By Tom Gardner
Confidence article
I feel like my inner self wrote this. Like any change in life you have to face your fears, then methodically work past them with confidence. Seeing the words will help alot, starting NOW!


Posted By Queen V
Confidence
Great blog! I am constantly reminded that doing the WORK is the greatest asset and weapon against these invaders. It pretty much shuts them all up and shuts them down everytime! Cheers, QueenV.com


Posted By Steve Iorio
Relentless Resistor
LOVE the ideas you have put down. As a self managed band The Vagrants have come up against all of the 6 enemies. At the moment I am wrestling with the "Resistors" and I will NOT give up, I will not relent, and I will not let them lull me into a state of stuper listening to their obstacles, which only get in the way of success. There is always a way around.


Posted By Tony Lasley
Funken Grooven
That article was enough to get me back on track in 1 second. Thanks for the post I'm gonna keep funken grooven!


Posted By Bill Davidow
The Clever Procratinator
Sometimes I get overconfident and cocky. There will be something I have to do and I will look at it and think, piece of cake; I don't need to do that right now; I can whip that right out. I'll do it later. In reality, it's the procrastinator finding a way in the back door. So, I remind myself; no time like the present. Best Regards, Bill


Posted By Larry
Just saw Tin Cup
Great blog cuz. Hit me like a Tyson right hand.


Posted By Robin Mills
Confidence
It's the taunting Doubter. That's the enemy that gets me every time. I feel i have some control over the others, like it's my choice if I allow myself to procrastinate or get distracted. However I feel helpless when I'm overwhelmed with self doubt. It stops me in my tracks every time. Thank you Michael for reminding me that I do have a warrior woman inside me who is always ready to battle the enemy of self doubt. You've given me strength tonight...

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• NO DOUBT (Read time 1:17)
• WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN AROUND (read time :39)

2011 Posts:
• GRAND FINALE!
• 2-DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE 2012 BETTER!
• DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)
• COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT! (read time :23)
• IMAGINE (read time :57)
• WEEKENDS (read time :33)
• PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)
• RESISTANCE CAN KILL (read time 1:37)
• AMATEURS vs. PROS (read time :57)
• REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)
• CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)
• BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)
• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)