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Beyond Goal Setting – How To Excel in 2016

Have you set goals for 2016? Have you been taught goal setting strategies and been told that goals have to be measurable? Hey, measurable goals and clear visions for your future are great. But how about this:

Here are some of my upcoming challenges/events. Maybe you want to come and take the art of advanced skill development to the next level:

What skills are you engaged in developing this year? Post a comment below.

Have you set goals for 2016? Have you been taught goal setting strategies and been told that goals have to be measurable? Hey, measurable goals and clear visions for your future are great. But how about this:

Here are some of my upcoming challenges/events. Maybe you want to come and take the art of advanced skill development to the next level:

Per Bristow Live – Las Vegas – Jan 30
Per Bristow Live – Melbourne – March 12
Per Bristow Live – London – May 21

What skills are you engaged in developing this year? Post a comment below.

“Tone Deaf” Sings Magically On Key After 5 Minutes!

What you will witness in these videos below may seem magical. In a sense it is. However, you should know it works every time, and the reason I do this on stage is not only to crush the false belief of being "tone deaf", but to demonstrate the process of how we all - even the seasoned professional singer - can discover amazing unknown capacity within us.

Realize it’s not only these individuals who believed they were tone deaf. Their environment believed it too. People often post on FB that a "tone deaf" cannot learn to sing, or that the ability to sing on key is something you either have or don't have.

Numerous people think that just because they have tried and failed at something, it serves as proof that it's not possible, failing to realize that it was the strategy that failed. Numerous people live with beliefs of “inborn talent”.

One point of this demonstration is to crush the belief that being able to sing on key is all about your hearing. These "tone deaf" people's ears were fine and singing on key has far less to do with your ear than most people think. (It wasn’t the ear that improved in 5 minutes.)

However, the real point of of my live events are to teach the advanced skills of releasing what holds you back, rapid skill development, as well as mental peak performance training - not just for singing, but for life.

Whose who attended the previous live events witnessed not only what happened during those 5 minutes but also what had preceded it. While I of course cannot go through all of that in this short video, I hope this serves as an inspiration.

The Sing With Freedom/The Singing Zone provides important training in these mental/psychological/mindset strategies to improve effectively. At the upcoming Live Events in Las Vegas, Melbourne and London we'll take the psychology of learning and achieving to new levels.

What do you believe you cannot do or are not good at? Have you come to believe that "you are who you are" and that you can only marginally improve? Do you think you can't heal, increase your income, or become more influential? Do you think you can't do something because someone told you so, or that don't have the "talent"?

If you want to learn how you can dramatically improve any skill, and improve your life in a short amount of time, I'd love to see you at the next Live Event!
At "Per Bristow Live" in Toronto:
At "Per Bristow Live" in Miami:

Feel free to like and share this post, and leave a comment below. It might inspire someone.

What you will witness in these videos below may seem magical. In a sense it is. However, you should know it works every time, and the reason I do this on stage is not only to crush the false belief of being “tone deaf”, but to demonstrate the process of how we all – even the seasoned professional singer – can discover amazing unknown capacity within us.

Realize it’s not only these individuals who believed they were tone deaf. Their environment believed it too. People often post on FB that a “tone deaf” cannot learn to sing, or that the ability to sing on key is something you either have or don’t have.

Numerous people think that just because they have tried and failed at something, it serves as proof that it’s not possible, failing to realize that it was the strategy that failed. Numerous people live with beliefs of “inborn talent”.

One point of this demonstration is to crush the belief that being able to sing on key is all about your hearing. These “tone deaf” people’s ears were fine and singing on key has far less to do with your ear than most people think. (It wasn’t the ear that improved in 5 minutes.)

83-Year-Old Singer’s Amazing Comeback After 50 Years Of Silence

At my Live Event ("Per Bristow Live") in Toronto, I had the great honor of meeting Elaine Small in person for the first time. And what a gift she gave us all - the most beautiful lesson on the subject of “it’s never too late”. What a great role model for those who think they’re too old just because they’ve turned a certain age.

Her passion that had lied dormant for decades had awakened. She trained. She improved. She wrote a book. She recorded a wonderful CD backed by some of Canada’s top musicians, and then…

It was such a pleasure to invite her back on the same stage where one of her absolute last performances took place 50 years ago - at the famous Royal York in Toronto.

What passion lies dormant within you?

Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy and be inspired...here is Elaine Small…

Come to the next Live Event in LAS VEGAS, MELBOURNE or LONDON:

Feel free to like and share this post, and leave a comment below. It might inspire someone.

At my Live Event (“Per Bristow Live“) in Toronto, I had the great honor of meeting Elaine Small in person for the first time. And what a gift she gave us all – the most beautiful lesson on the subject of “it’s never too late”. What a great role model for those who think they’re too old just because they’ve turned a certain age.

Her passion that had lied dormant for decades had awakened. She trained. She improved. She wrote a book. She recorded a wonderful CD backed by some of Canada’s top musicians, and then…

It was such a pleasure to invite her back on the same stage where one of her absolute last performances took place 50 years ago – at the famous Royal York in Toronto.

What passion lies dormant within you?

Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy and be inspired…here is Elaine Small…

George Mumford – Mental Coach to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and more

George Mumford - sports psychologist and meditation teacher - was a secret weapon behind the NBA Championship team the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan years, as well as The Lakers NBA Championship team helping Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and more improve their performances.

You who have followed me know that a big part of what I do is teach awareness and mental skills of effective learning and high performance. (These are subject I go into deeper at my live events.) As you can imagine, I was extremely pleased to chat with George Mumford. His insights benefit not only athletes and performers (singers), but are vital for us in all areas of life. Watch this video:

Learn more about George here:

Feel free to like and share this post, and leave a comment below. It might inspire someone.

George Mumford – sports psychologist and meditation teacher – was a secret weapon behind the NBA Championship team the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan years, as well as The Lakers NBA Championship team helping Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and more improve their performances.

You who have followed me know that a big part of what I do is teach awareness and mental skills of effective learning and high performance. (These are subject I go into deeper at my live events.) As you can imagine, I was extremely pleased to chat with George Mumford. His insights benefit not only athletes and performers (singers), but are vital for us in all areas of life. Watch this video:

Remarkable Performance at Per Bristow Live Event

At "Per Bristow Live" in Toronto, I had the pleasure of inviting Deidrey Francois up on the stage. Only a few years ago, she didn't believe she could sing - that she wasn't "good enough". No one in the audience was prepared for the emotional impact she would have on us all. Here's the video. (Although this video does of course not do justice to the amazing experience we had in the room.)

Much of my Live Event is about learning how we can recognize the restrictions that hold us back in life, and then learn strategies to release them. (The next Live Event is in London May 21.) It's remarkable what happens when we ignite our ability and love to improve, learn, and discover, and develop greater awareness and freedom.

That's how we can become more creative and productive in life. That's how we can lead a more fulfilled and purposeful life, and accomplish great things.

Deidrey expressed how music has changed her life, and her song "I Am Free" became an inspiration for us all.

We of course realize that Deidrey has been able to sing for a long time. But however "good" we are, many (perhaps most of us) walk through life with the hampering feeling that we are not "good enough". Deidrey expressed how music has changed her life, and her song "I Am Free" became an inspiration for us all.

Thank you Deidrey for being such a positive role model, for releasing your voice to the world, and for sharing your passion.

Feel free to like and share this post, and leave a comment below. It might inspire someone.

At “Per Bristow Live” in Toronto, I had the pleasure of inviting Deidrey Francois up on the stage. Only a few years ago, she didn’t believe she could sing – that she wasn’t “good enough”. No one in the audience was prepared for the emotional impact she would have on us all. Here’s the video. (Although this video does of course not do justice to the amazing experience we had in the room.)

Much of my Live Event is about learning how we can recognize the restrictions that hold us back in life, and then learn strategies to release them. (The next Live Event is in London May 21.) It’s remarkable what happens when we ignite our ability and love to improve, learn, and discover, and develop greater awareness and freedom.

That’s how we can become more creative and productive in life. That’s how we can lead a more fulfilled and purposeful life, and accomplish great things.

Deidrey expressed how music has changed her life, and her song “I Am Free” became an inspiration for us all.

Sing For Good – Tania de Jong – How Singing Together Changes The Brain

Here's a beautiful global initiative to sing for good - Yes, to do good and feel good through singing - to help our brains and lives become healthier, happier and more creative.

The benefits of singing, as you probably already know, are numerous. There are significant changes in your brain chemistry from singing.

In addition, this global Sing For Good initiative gives us a way to help others.

Learn more about Tania de Jong and participate in the Sing For Good project here:

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Here’s a beautiful global initiative to sing for good – Yes, to do good and feel good through singing – to help our brains and lives become healthier, happier and more creative.

The benefits of singing, as you probably already know, are numerous. There are significant changes in your brain chemistry from singing.

In addition, this global Sing For Good initiative gives us a way to help others.

Learn more about Tania de Jong and participate in the Sing For Good project here:

www.SingForGood.org
www.TaniadeJong.com.au

Per Bristow with Opetaia Foa’i and Te Vaka

I had the pleasure of having Opetaia Foa’i and his wonderful group Te Vaka come by for lunch.

These beautiful souls from the South Pacific who entertain audiences around the world with their "South Pacific fusion" are now in the works of creating the music for Disney's new animated movie "Moana", plus preparing for their US/Canada tour. I also had the pleasure of seeing in action (and trying) the Polynesian percussion instrument “pate”. Ah, what a beautiful instrument. Have you played it?

I love that through this international language we call “music” we can truly celebrate different cultures. I love learning about cultures and their music, dance and art. And I love that Opetaia and Te Vaka are such fabulous ambassadors for their culture.

Te Vaka has previously represented the South Pacific at the London and Beijing Olympics, have toured the world (40 countries so far), and have won numerous awards for their contributions. Check out this video below with me and Opetaia Foa’i, hear his approach to writing songs, and meet Te Vaka.

Isn’t it beautiful when music not only entertains us, but enriches us culturally? Actually, how about listening to music that you might not normally listen to this week?

I really look forward to seeing Te Vaka in concert. Are you coming?

I had the pleasure of having Opetaia Foa’i and his wonderful group Te Vaka come by for lunch.

These beautiful souls from the South Pacific who entertain audiences around the world with their “South Pacific fusion” are now in the works of creating the music for Disney’s new animated movie “Moana”, plus preparing for their US/Canada tour. I also had the pleasure of seeing in action (and trying) the Polynesian percussion instrument “pate”. Ah, what a beautiful instrument. Have you played it?

I love that through this international language we call “music” we can truly celebrate different cultures. I love learning about cultures and their music, dance and art. And I love that Opetaia and Te Vaka are such fabulous ambassadors for their culture.

Te Vaka has previously represented the South Pacific at the London and Beijing Olympics, have toured the world (40 countries so far), and have won numerous awards for their contributions. Check out this video below with me and Opetaia Foa’i, hear his approach to writing songs, and meet Te Vaka.

Performance: What does it mean to “perform”?

So in the last blog post we addressed the voice. Let’s today address the issue of “performance”. I am known as a voice and performance coach, so let's address the issue of how to perform well. What does it mean to "perform"? What does that word “performance” mean?

“Performance” to me is not just about getting up on stage, or performing on a sports field. Being able to perform well is about being able to live life with greater enjoyment and greater success. We want our body and mind to perform well. If the body and mind doesn’t perform well, life becomes tough. Training - i.e. being engaged in activities to improve - is about getting the the body and mind to perform at higher levels and with greater functionality - whether it is about getting the vocal cord to operate with greater functionality, or getting your body and mind to operate at higher levels during times of pressure and stress.

Being able to perform well when it matters the most is perhaps the most valuable skill we can ever develop.

It is the person who finds creative solutions when the pressure is on who becomes highly rewarded. In fact, the person who can perform at high levels will likely be seen as a role model and leader, and therefore becomes very influential.

On the other hand, the person who chokes, panics, loses composure, focus, or becomes stressed and weaker during times of distress, does not only create havoc to his/her own body and mind, but also to his/her surroundings.

It is the person who can turn things around when things aren’t going well, who lives a more empowered, healthy, confident, joyful and peaceful life.

The person who can be confident, free, spontaneous, creative, alive is not only the person who becomes very attractive on stage, but attractive in life.

Realize, however, that these are developed skill. It is not just about mindset, although mindset is crucial. (Operating with an empowering mindset is also a developed skill.)

Being “confident” is a developed skill. Becoming more spontaneous, alive and more creative are developed skills. Getting your body and mind to operate and perform at higher levels, whether in life in general, on stage in front of people, or in other “pressured” situations, is not only doable but highly rewarding.

What is “performance” to you?

So in the last blog post we addressed the voice. Let’s today address the issue of “performance”. I am known as a voice and performance coach, so let’s address the issue of how to perform well. What does it mean to “perform”? What does that word “performance” mean?

“Performance” to me is not just about getting up on stage, or performing on a sports field. Being able to perform well is about being able to live life with greater enjoyment and greater success. We want our body and mind to perform well. If the body and mind doesn’t perform well, life becomes tough. Training – i.e. being engaged in activities to improve – is about getting the the body and mind to perform at higher levels and with greater functionality – whether it is about getting the vocal cord to operate with greater functionality, or getting your body and mind to operate at higher levels during times of pressure and stress.

Being able to perform well when it matters the most is perhaps the most valuable skill we can ever develop.

It is the person who can be resourceful in the midst of chaos who becomes valuable in any field. It is the person who has developed skills to find inner strength during challenging times who can heal and live with greater well-being.

Per Bristow’s New Blog

Welcome to Per Bristow's new blog!

Yup, once upon a time I used to write articles/blog posts and they were often well received. So here’s my thinking: Why not start again?

Yes, the time has come to get this blog rolling again!

So what will I cover? Well, as you may know, my passions lie in areas such as effective skill development, mental and physical conditioning for success, peak performance training, and more, to be able to draw out far more of what you are capable of in life.

I have used these strategies to help people improve their voices, including overcoming voice dysfunctions, to to be able to express, communicate, perform and live with greater confidence and freedom.

Many think of me as a voice and performance coach since I developed the Bristow Voice Method and the Sing With Freedom/The Singing Zone and Speak With Freedom courses (which are the home study versions of the Bristow Voice Method.)

So let’s begin here by addressing the “voice”.

What is the “voice”, and what does your voice mean to you?

Everyone who has experienced a voice problem knows how devastating that becomes. Suddenly you can’t express, you can’t communicate, you can’t be you. The voice is the most powerful instrument we have for communication. The first thing that you did in this lifetime was to engage your voice to begin the breathing process.

Your voice is intimately linked with who you are. But many are the voices (perhaps most) who have been held back. Many were never allowed, or they never gave themselves permission, to express and explore this instrument. Nor have many really explored what they are truly capable of in life.

We can argue that we all “sang” before we were able to construct words into sentences and create language. Not surprisingly, song (and dance) is the universal language of expression and bonding. Every community that is not repressed sings - in joy and in sorrow.

Yet, we all want to express. We all want to be heard. We all want to be able to share our thoughts, ideas, views, and be able to have an impact on our world. We all want to be able to create deep connections with other human beings, to attract, bond, and be able to inspire, empower and influence.

Yes, the voice is so much more that just a sound. And yet the sound of your voice - or rather, the energy that is emitted when you make a sound - has a direct impact on how you resonate with other people.

What does your voice mean to you?

Welcome to Per Bristow’s new blog!

Yup, once upon a time I used to write articles/blog posts and they were often well received. So here’s my thinking: Why not start again?

Yes, the time has come to get this blog rolling again!

So what will I cover? Well, as you may know, my passions lie in areas such as effective skill development, mental and physical conditioning for success, peak performance training, and more, to be able to draw out far more of what you are capable of in life.

I have used these strategies to help people improve their voices, including overcoming voice dysfunctions, to to be able to express, communicate, perform and live with greater confidence and freedom.

Many think of me as a voice and performance coach since I developed the Bristow Voice Method and the Sing With Freedom/The Singing Zone and Speak With Freedom courses (which are the home study versions of the Bristow Voice Method.)

So let’s begin here by addressing the “voice”.

Use This To Achieve Your Goals

I'm sitting here in the Los Angeles sunshine today (we have had a couple of really warm days), doing what I love to do this time of the year.

And that is to reflect.

I am in one sense a very future driven person. I have always been a big dreamer. However, part of dreaming big and being able to accomplish big goals and dreams is to also be able to reflect on the past.

In order to achieve goals we need to learn, develop, and grow in some way. Right? After all, what point is a goal if it doesn't include a challenge? The whole point of a goal is to achieve something we haven't achieved yet, to be able to do something we cannot do yet.

In order to achieve something challenging, we need to become something we are not today. We need to develop skills that we don't have yet. It's not about changing who we are. It's about becoming a better version of yourself. It's about evolving as human beings. It's about living and enjoying life.

And in order to evolve, learn and develop effectively we USE THE PAST.

Yes, the past is wonderful. The effective learner is the one who uses past experiences and transform them into new learning experiences. Every new experience becomes integrated with past learning experiences.

I've written many times about the art of transforming so-called "mistakes", "failures", etc. into successes.

The dilemma is that, although we all tend to measure the present against some past experiences, many have not been trained to transform it into new learning. For many, past experiences have become the very roadblocks for future learning, rather than being the building blocks for extraordinary achievements. Many people transform failures into more failures, rather than into successes and an empowered life.

Learning effectively means transforming "successes" and "failures" - i.e. every experience - into a new, more worthwhile, experience. And we cannot learn and develop effectively unless we understand how to use the past.

However, in order to use dreams and visions of a great future as magnets for our actions, and in order to be able to reflect on the past, it all begins with developing a high level of awareness. We want to develop greater awareness of the present moment, as well as awareness (and knowledge) of who we are and what drives us.

I believe one of the biggest lacks of awareness among humans is the lack of awareness of fear. We do everything we can to pretend we don't experience fear - fear of living our dreams, fear of doing what we love to do, fear of singing out, fear of not being good enough, fear of making a mistake, fear of what others might think of us, fear that I might fall short, fear of my own potential, fear of being wrong, fear that my beliefs might be completely erroneous, etc

But awareness is more than being aware of fears and emotions. Many times we are not aware of what are body is saying to us until we are in serious pain and it becomes much more difficult to fix. And many times we are simply unaware of solutions because of lack of education and research.

So Future, Past and Present are equally important. I believe it serves us well if we understand and are able to distinguish which is which, and also understand how they affect each other. Our ability to reflect on the past and envision a future is what sets us apart from other species. Let's use it to our benefit.

I highly encourage you to use these last days of the year to reflect on the year that has been (and previous years). Reflect on the good and the bad. What did you experience that you would consider "mistakes" and "failures"? Were you able to use those experiences to evolve as a human being? Maybe there are patterns in your life that you are sick and tired of?

What about your singing this year?

What gives you a sense of gratitude? (As a matter of fact, once you get used to this kind of thinking, you realize that it becomes easier and easier to actually feel gratitude towards everything - including the failures, mistakes, pain, the time you were burned, or someone was mean to you."

In fact, I never engage in silly New Year resolutions. In the next blog post, I'll explain why I don't, and why I consider them meaningless - even destructive.

Feel fee to share some of your reflections of the past year.

I’m sitting here in the Los Angeles sunshine today (we have had a couple of really warm days), doing what I love to do this time of the year.

And that is to reflect.

I am in one sense a very future driven person. I have always been a big dreamer. However, part of dreaming big and being able to accomplish big goals and dreams is to also be able to reflect on the past.

In order to achieve goals we need to learn, develop, and grow in some way. Right? After all, what point is a goal if it doesn’t include a challenge? The whole point of a goal is to achieve something we haven’t achieved yet, to be able to do something we cannot do yet.

In order to achieve something challenging, we need to become something we are not today. We need to develop skills that we don’t have yet. It’s not about changing who we are. It’s about becoming a better version of yourself. It’s about evolving as human beings. It’s about living and enjoying life.

And in order to evolve, learn and develop effectively we USE THE PAST.

Yes, the past is wonderful. The effective learner is the one who uses past experiences and transform them into new learning experiences. Every new experience becomes integrated with past learning experiences.

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