Could This “Simple” Strategy Make 2011 Your Best Year Ever?

Posted on 06. Jan, 2011 by in Performance, Singing

The economic situation is and has been tough for many.  We live in challenging times.  There is a lot of fear in the world.  Yet, 2011 could very well be your best year ever.   In fact, what if the following strategy would make success inevitable for 2011?

Whether success to you is to make more money, become more recognized as an artist and human being, attract greater love, or whatever, the key is really to become more valuable.
That’s probably no news to you, but the question is how do you become more valuable?

I firmly believe that it is far easier to become more valuable when we take the whole concept a step further and think about how we can make other people more valuable.

You become successful by making other people successful.  You become more valuable by making other people more valuable.  You become more powerful by empowering others.

But how does that work in the real world?

Beginner artists often make the mistake that they think people will or should show up to their concerts to “support them”.  Many live with the belief that “if I only get a chance I’ll reward you later” or “help me now and I’ll reward you later”.  Many grow up with a sense of entitlement. I think it is very hard to become a truly compelling artist, or gain much success in any endeavor, with this backwards mindset.

An artist becomes successful when the members of his/her audience have an emotional experience that is incredibly valuable for them.  Emotional experiences are indeed valuable for us all.  If you are part of a choir that creates a wonderful emotional experience for your audience, you are valuable to both the audience and to your choir. The more valuable the event is to the audience, the more often they want to come, and the more people will come.

If you want to earn more money, the same principles apply. If you can become more valuable to the people who pay you, you can also be paid more – whether that means becoming more valuable to one person or to a larger amount of people.
But, as I mentioned, what if we take it a step beyond “becoming more valuable”…

How does your customer, patient, client, student, audience, company, organization, community become more valuable to the people they interact with? If you can be part of that, then your value to them automatically increases and you can be rewarded tremendously – in the form of money, respect, opportunities, friendships, etc.

If a company gets the feeling that you will increase the value of the company you will be hired, you will be able to demand a higher salary or other benefits. If you audition and the producers feel that you will increase the value of the production, you will get the part.

I, as a coach, become more successful the more I can empower and make other people successful.  My job is not only to “be valuable” for my clients or customers but to make my clients and customers more valuable to their audience or the people they interact with.  My constant thought process is “what can I do to make them more successful”. It is a constant process of learning, growing and developing better and better ideas and strategies.  But it is that thought process that feeds the ideas. That thought process makes getting up in the morning very exciting. And I believe that thought process coupled with acting on the thoughts makes success in some form rather inevitable.

What do you think?

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238 Responses to “Could This “Simple” Strategy Make 2011 Your Best Year Ever?”

  1. Phyllis Cobb

    21. Aug, 2012

    Per, I eagerly await pay day when I hope to be able to order your lessons. I have sung since I was 9 years old, and now am 79 years 8 months. The past 2 years I have had trouble with hoarseness, and have been afraid to sing publicly because of this. However, I am willing to try
    your methods. I miss singing very much. It brightened and filled my world. People ask me to please sing again, so I will. I always felt an exchange between me and the audiences I sang for.

  2. Angie

    20. Aug, 2012

    My daughter and I are really looking forward to buying your program but we have to wait a bit due to finances. But I love what your write about this simple strategy for it is the principle of God, that if you want to be great you must become the least. What awesomeness of God! The more you think of others the less you will be consumed and self-absorbed with thoughts of yourself. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. NZRoc

    17. Jul, 2012

    Thank you Per, for the timely message gives extra meaning to having a more fulfilling life, to all the other people who use “God” to get their message across, God is glorified when you use the gifts He gave in “Service” to other people. Entertaining sick people – serving others, entertaining well people – serving others. The point of this message, stop focusing on yourself, serve others. You claim you love God whom you have not seen, and yet you don’t love the people you do see. How hypocritical can you be. Serve people and you’ll see the love of The Lord expressed through you. For people who are using a strict budget to prevent them from acquiring this program, get the program asap. If you have special events coming up you will be in a blessed position to give an enthralling performance. If you’re worried about money, figure out a way to get the program sooner than you want. You financial difficulties can be viewed as a challenge to become smarter and stronger to acquire that which you want, or a stumbling block keeping you from having a passionately filled life with strength and meaning. You make the decision and make it real.

  4. John Partin

    17. Jul, 2012

    I am really impressed with the videos that I have viewed from you and I really want to pursue this but right now i am on a pretty strict budget as you see at the begining of next year I am relocating to Finland to marry my true love but once there and i get situated i really want to pursue your program please keep me in touch
    Thanks John Partin

  5. DeWitt Anthony

    16. Jul, 2012

    Per, Everything sounds great and I would send what you ask glagly but at this time we are on a tight budget and I will have to wait at this time. Thank you for the free help that we received. DeWitt Anthony

  6. annelies jansen

    14. Jul, 2012

    I am a choir singer , soprane, in Amsterdam. I love high singing, but it needs improvement. So I love your lessons, need to follow them daily, what I am not doing. A bit lazy I am 70. So that is okay with me sometimes. But the improvement has still to happen, I know that is up to me.
    Thanks a lot ,you are amazing


    13. Jul, 2012

    I am a 85 year old lady with COPD [chonic obstructive pulmonary desease] I am on oxygen 24/7 and I have read/heard somewhere it helps with breathing if you sing…

    At this time I cannot afford your lessons but perhaps shortly I will.

    I am enjoying listening to you and it all makes sense to me ..
    Thank you

  8. John Melenhorst

    13. Jul, 2012

    I am 75 years old but started singing at the age of 7 years and was a member of a large boy,s choir in Amsterdam I was a boy soprano at 15 my parents and family moved to Australia after i got married my wife made me join a choir in a small country town called Grafton in NSW ,I have sung tenor most of my life but in the last 10 to 15 years i find it very hard to reach the high notes and sing more like a baritone I still sing in my churches choir and sing mostly now at funerals I love singing and would love to improve my voice a little ,I am not very good on this computer I lost my wife 10 years ago and i did sing with my than 12 year old granddaughter a duet which i am very proud of doing this song i did record this with her hope this is of some use ,Thanking You kind regards John

  9. Dave Davies

    07. Jul, 2012

    I have been over half a century at my craft and I could not agree with you more. We have a Polarity problem in this county (the flow of energy in a particular direction) . When we change the paridygm from “what can I get” to “what can I GIVE” we change the polarity and redirect energy thus creating an a very different environment. However this will always require a measure of Faith.
    david holland davies

  10. Dianne Troutt

    05. Jul, 2012

    At the present time I can’t afford the lessons. I hope to be able to some day. I already know from the two lessons you gave me that you can teach me how to sing better. I want to learn how to sing gospel songs. I have always loved to sing in church and would like to continue. I do enjoy heariong from you, so please keerp sending the emails. and as soon as I can afford the lessons , I will let you knowyou are a very good singing coach and I know I can learn a lot from you.
    Thank you,
    Dianne Troutt

  11. vanessa

    03. Jun, 2012

    thanks a mil, Per! you’re a blessing.

  12. peter lee

    24. May, 2012

    i am not a natural singer so i have to work much harder than people who have a more natural singing voice ,but i realise that there are different methods of singing and that learning of ways of singing are evoling its not the same as whas ten years ago ,i have improved with hard work,i also got to perform in the west end but only got in because of my dancing not my singing lol but was an important experience for me .i will be getting your cds as i want to be able to reach my goals and have more confidence is hard to be confident wen your instrument is not working how you want it too,my goal is to write my own songs and sing them mainly for my own use not to perform ,singing has helped me heal grow and become the person i want to be


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