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Stockholm and Sarah Dawn Finer – The Art Of Inspiring and Moving On

How do you feel about living in the most peaceful times in modern history? (Maybe you weren’t aware that this is the case in most places on this planet?) Yes, there is a lot of misery in many places and yes, horrible things happen. But what is interesting is how we respond.

Maybe you heard what happened in my hometown Stockholm a few weeks ago. Yes, many want to react and call out the “T” word. “Terrorism has reached Stockholm!” In fact, it was one man, in his deep need to feel significant, who acted out. (Yes, we all need to feel significant somehow.)

Yes, he drove a truck through a crowd and killed 4 people. Not a difficult thing to do. And he wouldn’t have done it if someone else hadn't done it before him, and he wouldn’t have done it if he had grown up seeing the world with different eyes, feeling loved and having learned to be significant in different ways.

Will it happen again? Very likely. Especially due to the copycat syndrome, and for the fact that he actually succeeded in becoming somewhat significant in his and some other people’s views.

But this article is not about that man or his belief system. This is about the difference between reacting and responding. I have written about it many times as it is the foundation for peak performance. In my interview with George Mumford (mental coach for the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers in the Phil Jackson era) we talked about it also.

How do you respond in an empowering way to a challenge in life, whether on the sports field on stage, or in other situations in life? How do you respond to a crisis? How can we respond in ways that empower us and other people? How can we respond bringing unity rather than react in anger and creating more resistance?

The people of Stockholm responded beautifully.It was largely inspired and organized by Damon Rasti – an immigrant who grew up in a war-torn country, who so deeply appreciates the love and acceptance he has received coming to the country of Sweden. Because of his deep gratitude for what the country has given him, he wanted to express that gratitude and bring people together. In less than 40 hours, 25,000 people came together, in addition to everyone watching on TV.

And up on stage stepped Sarah Dawn Finer…

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s a great example of how a voice and a guitar, together with a big heart, well crafted words and a melody, can inspire and move a nation – to feel gratitude, love, and to be moving on.

Thank you people of Stockholm, Damon Rasti and Sarah Dawn Finer.

(Watch this video, then like and post a comment below)​

INFLUENCE: How To Get The Job, Sale, Or Win Your Audience

How can you have a far higher probability of being hired, of succeeding in a negotiation, winning a sale, succeeding with a presentation, winning the audition, and more?

In short, how do you become more influential and get the outcome you want?

Well, it’s actually far easier than you might think. But very few people know how…

Right now, I’m hiring. I have an ad out looking for a person with writing and marketing skills to join my team. Tons of people have applied.

But shockingly few know the “secret" I’m about to tell you. Most, I would say 95%, shoot themselves in the foot and lose opportunities because they simply don’t know this.

(Why it is that so few know is amazing in and of itself. You would think we would learn this in school, but no…)

Now, I will direct most of those 95% to this a page, and here’s a fair warning if you’re one of them: Reading this might at first upset you. (I’ll address why below.) However, when you read the last section, you might realize that this could be an extraordinary blessing.

So here we go…

Did you know that for any business owner finding and hiring good people is incredibly difficult?

I'm part of several high level business networking groups, and I know many extraordinarily successful entrepreneurs and business owners. They all agree: It’s extremely hard to find "A level" people.

And yet, so many are looking for work. This seems strange, doesn’t it?

Have you ever gotten angry when someone less qualified is hired, or gets a pay raise instead of you? I know many nice people, with great experiences and high level qualifications that can’t get an interview. Many grow bitter and feel their years of experience and their expertise should qualify them.

Well, here’s the shocker: Your experience and expertise is not what matters.

Here’s what matters…

What is the most fundamental and important part in any communication, in any performance, in any situation where you would like to influence the outcome?

In fact, what do you think the most important word is for any copywriter?

What is most important if you want to create a connection with anyone? Whether it is to make a sale or have a great first date?

That’s right, it is “know thy audience”. It is the word YOU.

It’s funny, because the position I’m looking to fill right now is for someone with good writing and marketing skill. And even among these, 95% fail. Isn’t that interesting?

Every cover letter tends to be about me me me me. Very few address “you” - the person they are writing to. The cover letter is almost always generic talking about themselves. Big mistake.

In my ad, my name is mentioned, and there is a link to one of my sites. How hard is it to do a little research?

A letter that talks about me me me me, shows that you have not bothered to do any research whatsoever. You haven’t bother to find out who your audience is. You therefore come across as not understanding the most fundamental part of writing, copywriting, marketing and sales, or even communication.

Why do you think my business is successful? Why do so many buy my products? Because I talk about me me me? No, because I understand your dilemma, such as when your voice isn't functioning, when those high notes feel squeezed and you go flat, or when you experience performance anxiety.

I understand the fear of not feeling loved, of not sounding good enough, and the desire of wanting to become more charismatic, attractive and feel more confident.

If you have a performance coming up and your voice isn't functioning they way you want it to, I know the enormous stress and anxiety that creates. The idea of performing is no no longer fun. I also know how amazing it feels when we release the tension, so your voice soars like never before and the audience goes wild because of it.

I can help you with this. You know I can, because you’ve seen many others with similar issues having been helped.

You know I offer you a way to experience profound improvements within yourself by trying the Sing With Freedom or Speak With Freedom programs without any risk what-so-ever. (Yes, you get a 100% refund, which few ever ask for.)
You know you can come to my live events and have a tremendous experience like so many in 4 countries have had in the last year. You’ll learn about the power of influence, how to become a super effective communicator, a rapid learner, and a high performer in life.

Yes, it will have a profound impact on your singing, speaking, performing and your life, as you become more empowered and confident. With these newfound skills you’ll be able to wake up every morning being more inspired, creative and productive.

See, I just sold my products and my events there, didn't I?

But I spoke about you, not me. And I am sincere about wanting to help you, and have developed skills in order to be able to live up to that promise.

Now if you had submitted an application and you realize you only wrote about yourself in your cover letter (some don’t even send a cover letter and seriously think anyone cares about a resume), the initial reaction might be that you now feel embarrassed or dumb.

You might even feel anger and resistance to this article. Your brain goes “oh well, he doesn’t deserve my skills anyway”, and you become bitter like a lot of people.

And this brings us to a vital part of the art of Peak performance that I teach at my live events. How are you conditioned to react to “failures” and “mistakes”?

What if you react with “Aha, I made a mistake. This is awesome”, and then you write back and say “Hi Per, your article was really fascinating, and it made me realize how you…. etc., etc. What if you write back and say "Hi Per, I watched your video about... and I really like how you...etc., etc..."

See now you have become a potential winner. Now you have shown that you are someone who rapidly learns from mistakes and grows from them. Now you have shown that you are willing to do research, that you care about and respect the company/person, it's product and it's message and that you realize how you could be a wonderful addition.

THAT is the person one wants to hire!

Any business owner want the person who is not afraid of making “mistakes”, who is not afraid of “failing”, but who quickly learns from them. It is the person who can effectively learn from every experience who becomes a superstar for the business.

The last person a business wants to hire is the person who thinks he/she is an expert, who thinks many years of experience is what counts. Yes, the worst person to hire is the person who think he/she knows it all. A business owner wants someone who is creative, innovative, and someone who loves to learn.

The dilemma among many who have been in the work force for a long time is that they forget that. They think it’s unfair that a young person with less experience is hired.

But people aren’t hired because they are young. They are hired because they have a young mentality. We want the person who is hungry, who wants to learn, grow, and be challenged, who is not stuck in seeing something one way, but who is flexible, open-minded and therefore learns any new skill rapidly. That is the person who is valuable.That is the person we want!

Is that you?

(If you are a great writer and communicator, good at social media and marketing or want to be part of my team in some other way, then you are welcome to email [email protected]

So here’s what to do: Next time you communicate with someone, be curious and be there to learn about that person. What is their dilemma? What is holding them back? What do they love? What inspires him/her? What makes him/her happy? How can you help? How can you make him/her feel better and loved? How can you help someone become more successful?

This applies to whether you are on a date, in business meeting, or on stage. If you know your audience and you are there to do something for your audience, you instantly become far more attractive, charismatic and influential.

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How can you have a far higher probability of being hired, of succeeding in a negotiation, winning a sale, succeeding with a presentation, winning the audition, and more?

In short, how do you become more influential and get the outcome you want?

Well, it’s actually far easier than you might think. But very few people know how…

Right now, I’m hiring. I have an ad out looking for a person with writing and marketing skills to join my team. Tons of people have applied.

But shockingly few know the “secret” I’m about to tell you. Most, I would say 95%, shoot themselves in the foot and lose opportunities because they simply don’t know this.

Paul Shortino at Per Bristow Live

At “ Per Bristow Live ” in Las Vegas, Paul Shortino – star of the Las Vegas hit show Raiding The Rock Vault – showed up. Why? Even though he was struggling with overcoming the flu…

“Raiding The Rock Vault” is known not only for the amazing vocal performances and musicianship, but also for the beautiful connection with the audience.

Yes, you want to effectively develop your physical voice so you have an instrument that can express with passion and freedom. (Paul Shortino has a mighty powerful voice.) And the beauty is when this freedom leads to a greater ability to create bonds with other people – whether singing on a big stage, or in other instances of life.

What insights did you get from this?

What insights did you get from the event if you were there?

If you haven’t been to either “ Per Bristow Live ” or “ Raiding The Rock Vault ”, which one are you going to first? 🙂

Feel free to click like and leave a comment below.

At “ Per Bristow Live ” in Las Vegas, Paul Shortino – star of the Las Vegas hit show Raiding The Rock Vault – showed up. Why? Even though he was struggling with overcoming the flu…

“Raiding The Rock Vault” is known not only for the amazing vocal performances and musicianship, but also for the beautiful connection with the audience.

Yes, you want to effectively develop your physical voice so you have an instrument that can express with passion and freedom. (Paul Shortino has a mighty powerful voice.) And the beauty is when this freedom leads to a greater ability to create bonds with other people – whether singing on a big stage, or in other instances of life.

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.

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.

The Abuse That Kills Children’s (And Adult’s) Voices

I am addressing this for the sake of our children, for the sake of you adults, as well as society in general. In my previous article, I wrote about the tragic beliefs that prevent so many from living fulfilled lives. In fact, they prevent people from fulfilling some basic human needs.

As a parent, educator and coach, having personally coached hundreds of people (thousands probably) with belief systems that stem from subconscious traumas often formed in childhood, this deeply concerns me. When it still happens in our school systems through sheer ignorance, I find it even more disturbing.

To bring home this point, I will here use a real exchange with a human being – a woman named Gail. Ultimately, it's not about her, but about the common beliefs and tendencies she expresses.

She had publicly posted a comment directly in regards to what I do and offer. This time, instead of just ignoring it, I wanted to dig deeper. I wanted to understand what drives someone to believe this, and why someone wants to post it publicly. It turned into a fascinating and frightening exploration of human ignorance and the subtle abuse of children.

Gail first wrote:

“You have to be born with a voice, just like a ball player has to be born with a pitching arm.”

Now, these nonsense comments are not new. In this case, anyone would understand that it is somewhat helpful to have a voice if you want to sing, and an arm if you want to pitch baseball. But, she obviously means more than that. So I decided to post this response:

“The good news is that most people are born with a voice, just as most people are born with an arm. Then the question is what we want to learn to do with what we were born with.“

She then responds:

“Of course everyone is born with a voice. I was talking about a GREAT voice. Or a great pitching arm. You have to be born with those talents. Everyone can't sing. That's a scam, saying that. Watching the video cannot turn a monotone into Whitney Houston. Don't be ridiculous. One has to have the pipes, has to be born with the voice."

Aha, so there we have it. She meant, and quite adamantly so, that one has to be born with a GREAT voice. But in order to do what exactly? Is she the one who is able to pinpoint who exactly it is of all newborns who has the “GREAT voice”? Perhaps she would like to be the one who labels those who don’t. So she concludes everyone can’t sing? Okay. So what? Not everyone can speak Swedish either. I have yet to hear an infant sing Ave Maria.

She mentions that watching a video cannot turn a “monotone” into Whitney Houston. Have I claimed this? (She is referring to the free video presentation at The Singing Zone.) If she had bothered to educate herself and do a little research, she would know that I am a proponent of training. Whitney Houston is, in fact, a great example of someone who was engrossed in training (i.e. singing, exploring her voice and expressing herself in song), as well as being exposed to great singers and mentors from when she was born.

But like we discussed in the previous article, I don't need to beat Roger Federer to enjoy playing tennis, so I wrote:

"The other good news is that you don't have to be Whitney Houston to enjoy singing, nor do you have to be the world's best pitcher to play baseball. Of course everyone can improve their singing, just like everyone can improve throwing a ball. The question is how to improve effectively. This training is for those who love to sing, and would love to engage in ways to effectively develop this wonderful form of expression."

She responds:

“That's true, but there are some monotones who will never sing. It is a scam to promise people they can learn to sing. That's false.”

So what on earth is a “monotone”? Who is Gail, and who is the child or adult that she wants to label “a monotone”?

I should add that I have never met someone who has the ability to utter a sound at only one frequency. Have you? Imagine every sound you make is exactly 440Hz. Wow, that would be pretty incredible. Our friend Gail does apparently not really know about music, frequencies or what the word “monotone” means. Nor does she evidently have any idea of what singing and singing training is, or what I do. Nor does she likely know what drove her internally to post this in the first place.

She obviously feels a need to express herself. She wants to feel important. She wants to be heard. We can all understand that. These are basic human needs. This is also why singing is one of the most empowering activities we can engage in, why every culture sings, and every infant "sings" - until they are shut down by people like Gail who tell the untrained, or the ones who don't measure up to Whitney Houston, to be quiet and call them "monotone".

You may have seen some of the many case stories, such as the video with James who was shut down all his life from a belief that came from a choir director once telling him that he would never be able to sing. But now, he is finally finding so much joy singing in the choir.

You might have heard the enlightening wisdom from Art Therapist Laura about the traumas of being silenced as a kid, and the important therapeutic benefits of releasing your voice – however good or bad the Gails of the world think you are

And Gail goes on:

“There are absolutely people who can never carry a tune. Ask any nursery school music teacher. We all have different skills in life. Not everyone can sing. You're making false promises, if you promise that.

Nursery school teacher? Now, that’s interesting. Is she herself a teacher? At a nursery school? And she believes that from having observed a child who doesn’t sing in tune, she now has the right to judge the child’s future abilities?

Has she really no understanding of the vast difference between an observed ability/skill in the moment, versus what a person is potentially capably of in the future.

Does this labeling only apply to singing and throwing a ball, or all other skills and abilities also?

So I wrote, admittedly quite harshly:

"Imagine the child entering Gail's nursery school who doesn't sing in tune and is told: "You will NEVER learn to sing". Imagine the child who misses the first attempt at shooting a basketball and is therefore told: "You will NEVER play basketball". Imagine the child who cannot write and is told: "You will NEVER learn to write". It is tragic that children every day are being abused like that."

Now, I call it abuse and that's a strong word. Many times what happens is not meant as abuse. It comes from loving people who just don’t know better.

When my son was in preschool we noticed a pattern that his teacher was often jokingly telling him “You never talk to me”. Several years later she would still repeat the same thing. And she was right. Why on earth would he want to talk to her after having received that label? Does she really believe putting a negative label on a child will make the child change? Of course not. Finally when he got another teacher, he would open up and communicate in a completely different way.

Does our friend Gail seriously think that the kid who feels she doesn’t sing well, is the kid who is going to go home and practice like crazy to overcome this difficulty – especially if she has come to believe there is something wrong with her, that she was never born with “the voice”? Especially since she has been told by her trusted teacher that she cannot possibly learn, and that anyone who tells you so is a fraud and a scam.

Is this child suddenly going to feel comfortable to sing out beautifully? Of course not. The fears and discomfort of “not being good enough” alone is enough to restrict the vibration, which makes singing on key extremely difficult.

Maybe the kid hasn’t been exposed to music, or she has never had the opportunity to experiment and explore her voice without being judged. Maybe he has been told to be quiet. Maybe the key the teacher picked doesn’t fit comfortably. Maybe there is a hearing problem. There are a numerous factors that can all be fixed. And there are always ways for someone to become better at a skill through effective strategies.

Yet, the ignorant teacher, who does no research and has evidently no interest in learning herself, prefers to simply label the child (and adult) as someone who is “not born with a voice”.

It’s also interesting that Gail refers to baseball – especially in the light of the fact that I have written extensively about sports, including my son’s baseball endeavors and his skills. I’ve written about when my son showed up on the baseball field at the age of 5 and astounded everyone with his “natural talent”. The reason I wrote that was exactly to help explain the enormous amount of training he had already been engaged in to develop the coordination and awareness of his body, eye sight, mental attitude to learning and performing, the mechanics of throwing, etc., that the uninformed unfortunately just want to call “natural”.

Now we could easily argue that I am abusing Gail, here. She will be invited to read this and I’m sure it won’t be pleasant. We can all understand and be compassionate since it is very possible that Gail is not aware of some traumas of her own that may have caused her to believe this. I frankly hope this will help her awaken.

As adults we do have the potential to reflect and make choices. We can choose to become even more hostile and go on the attack or we can choose to reflect and learn from hurtful events and our mistakes. Perhaps Gail would like to reflect on why it is that she likely has not developed her singing voice herself, or why she likely isn’t very good at throwing a ball.

Perhaps she would like to reflect on the fact that those who have learned how to acquire skills are also the ones who often willingly want to help others. Perhaps she wants to do some more research and think before calling the next educator and trainer a scam due to her own fears.

Now, she did write one final response to my last comment to defend herself. She wrote:

“I have never discouraged a child in my life. You do not know me. I will never tell an innocent child she can't do something. But holding out a false hope to an adult is a scam. Tell me you don't make money from this? I have never put down a kid in my life. I have great works of art all over my fridge from grammar school art projects. They are cute and beautiful. What were you thinking accusing me of putting down kids. You don't know that I worked, advocated for kids all my born days. I'm 72.”

So there we have it. She has never discouraged anyone. Except for the fact that she has publicly tried to discourage everyone who wasn’t “born with a GREAT voice”.

She will never tell an innocent child she can’t do something. The question is if that only applies to those who are “born with the talent”, or it would otherwise give them “false hope”. (Or maybe that was just for the adults.)

We have never doubted she has great artwork by kids on her fridge. The question is what happens to the art that by her is deemed not great.

It is not surprising that, as it turns out, she loves children and wants to protect them. Gail is probably a wonderful person in many ways who has done a lot of good in the world.

But this article is intended to encourage thought. I hope it encourages you, who may have come to believe in what you can or cannot do, to realize that it is perfectly fine to engage in activities, improving them, and enjoying them, without having to be judged as “great”.

I hope it encourages everybody to watch out for the tendency to label children, as well as label adults. They way you lead your life today is likely due to beliefs you have formed at an early age. Perhaps you have been hurt and ridiculed. Perhaps you have been labeled. And we should also understand that “you are a natural” is also a label that can cause just as much problems as “you are a monotone” with the heightened expectations that come with it.

To close, we should understand that hopes, goals, dreams and aspirations are very frightening for some. Many adults want to protect children by shutting down goals and aspirations out of fear of disappointment. They don’t realize that it is not the accomplishment of the dream and goal itself that is the reward, but it’s the journey that gives life a purpose. Yes, we understand that there are many out there who are afraid, and therefore don’t want to encourage “false hopes”.

Personally, I don’t provide hope. I provide training.

Per Bristow

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I am addressing this for the sake of our children, for the sake of you adults, as well as society in general. In my previous article, I wrote about the tragic beliefs that prevent so many from living fulfilled lives. In fact, it prevents people from fulfilling some basic human needs. As a parent, educator and coach, having personally coached hundreds of people (thousands probably) with belief systems that stem from subconscious traumas often formed in childhood, this deeply concerns me. When it still happens in our school systems through sheer ignorance, I find it even more disturbing.

If you haven’t read the previous article, you might want to do so first. (By the way, thanks to all of you who made some wonderful insightful comments!)

To bring home this point I will here use a real exchange with a human being – a woman named Gail. Ultimately it i not about her, but about the common beliefs and tendencies.

She had posted publicly a comment directly in regards to what I do and offer. This time instead of just ignoring it, I wanted to dig deeper. I wanted to understand what drives someone to believe this, and why someone wants to post it publicly. It turned into a fascinating and frightening exploration of human ignorance and the subtle abuse of children.

How To Succeed When Things Aren’t Going Well…

I started out this series of blog posts about “Exponential Learning and Peak Performance” by using my son’s experience in his first baseball game of the season as an example.

I wrote that the ability to perform at your peak when it matters the most, and to be resourceful when things aren’t going well is a developed skill. I wrote about the predictability of success, and how turning “failures” into successes is something we need to train. (See the previous 4 blog posts here)

I also mentioned that my son (who just turned 12) has become known to be very good at this. Numerous times has he come through when it matters the most. I shared this because it is important to understand that there is a reason for this, and how we can apply it to our lives - whether it is about learning to sing effectively or to live a creative, productive and inspired life in general.

So now that we have ended the baseball season, how about I round it off with another example from my son’s baseball world.

He and his team have had a fantastic season, and now they reached the championship finals – to be played as best of three games. (If you don’t understand baseball, keep reading anyway, because you will get the gist of it anyway)

In game one of the finals, he is the closing pitcher. He comes into the game with two innings left and his team has a comfortable lead 5-1.

But now the nightmare begins…

In my first article, I wrote about the pressure of starting the first game of the season. I wrote about how he managed to turn it around after a troublesome start. (This is part of the training to be resourceful when things aren’t going well.)

But here he is in a situation endlessly more challenging. Because after a lot of great attempts, things are going downhill. His pitches are not the consistent strikes as we have been accustomed to seeing. We are in the last inning and he finds himself in the worst situation ever. The game is suddenly tied 5-5. And worse, after another unintentional walk, the bases are loaded.

Can you imagine the pressure? Can he find strength within and work it out?

We don’t know. Because this time, our coach (who is fabulous), can’t let him be in that situation and decides to replace him. It’s a decision any good coach would make and my son knows it. Yet, naturally, it hurts. How would you feel? Would you feel you have let down your team? Would you feel rejected?

Now as so happens, his teammate in the bottom of the last inning hits a fantastic walk off home run and we win game one.

Relief.

But now the question is, how will my son be able to bounce back? You see, in game two he is scheduled to be the starting pitcher.

Fast forward to game two and my son is indeed the starting pitcher. He has prepared, and is excited…

...but things don’t go well.

With every miss, he tries to shake it off, tries to refocus. The attempts are admirable, but it’s just not working. It’s not just his fault. Some errors by his teammates make things worse. A strange call by the umpire goes against him. Ever had that experience? Would you start blaming your teammates? Blame the umpire? He doesn’t. Never has. He knows everybody makes mistakes. Yet, one can sense the energy draining from his body with the increasing frustration.

In the third inning, he is replaced and we are down 1-7. Not exactly the fairy tale comeback from the previous game that we would have liked, right? So again, how would you feel? Would you start thinking in the line of “I’ve been doing well all season, and now when it matters the most I fail”?

The team is down 4-8 but fight back to tie it 8-8. They fall behind again 8-12 and then come back once again to tie it 12-12. And then starting the last inning, they are batting first and are down 12-13.

Now here’s the thing, his batting hasn’t worked in the game either. He has struck out twice, which has never happened before. What is wrong? Can you imagine the frustration? You’re playing your worst game of the season when it matters the most. It’s even worse if people have come to believe that you are the one who is supposed to do well in these situations. And yet, unlike John that I wrote about in the previous article, he tries to be a good role model and support his teammates.

So here we are. We are down 12-13, we have a runner on second base and my son is up to bat…

And that’s when it happens…

He swings, and WHACK…

The ball flies above the outfielder and almost goes to the fence. He gets to second base, and the runner ties the game! It’s not only the most important, but probably his best hit ever.

He then steals third base…

His teammate hits a single, my son runs home to take the lead, and the crowd goes wild.

Fast forward to the bottom of the last inning. The other team bats last and still has a chance to score. My son now plays third base. With two outs and a runner on first base, the batter hits a fly ball. It sails beyond third base towards the side fence to go foul. But my son runs like crazy, and right before the ball is about to hit the fence, he makes the catch of the season for the win! They are now champions.

You can imagine the celebration…

So what’s the lesson here? Well, we could write a book about all of them.

Talk about fairy-tale ending. Talk about coming through when it matters the most.

Now, here’s the thing: What do you think my son will remember? The bad start or the unbelievably successful finish?

What if he had “given up”? What if he had started thinking that he wouldn’t hit that ball today, that it was a horrible day, or given up on trying to catch that last ball? Or worse, what if he has started to blame external sources, such as umpires or teammates, which is the common response when things aren’t going well?

The feeling of success naturally becomes even greater because of the prior struggle. And it’s not about victory over the other team really. It’s about victory over yourself.

I wrote before that people tend to give up far too easily. Most of us have bad experiences in life. Most of us fail and lose. Most of us are knocked down, replaced and rejected at some point. Some use this as fuel to become better and find ways to experience success, while others make the determination to give up and never do it again.

What we must remember is that successful people are those who have failed the most.

It is far too common that when things don’t go well we blame outside circumstances whether it is the government, the economy, the music industry, or the umpire.

The bottom line is that no matter how badly things seem to go, there is always an opportunity to learn and grow. There is always an opportunity to be a role model for others. There is always a possibility that something wonderful can come out of struggle.

Even if my son hadn’t made the hit that tied the game, scored the winning run, and caught the winning catch, he could still have felt victorious from having been a presence to support his teammates who all did fantastic things in this game. Even if they lost, we could still have been able to transform it into a terrific learning experience that would fuel future success.

And in closing, I’d like to stress one thing: To be able to be resourceful when things aren’t going well is much more than having a “positive” mindset and “believing”. To learn effectively and exponentially from every experience (including every vocal practice and performance if we relate this to singing) is an advanced developed skill.

How does this resonate with your life? Feel free to share…

I started out this series of blog posts about “Exponential Learning and Peak Performance” by using my son’s experience in his first baseball game of the season as an example.

I wrote that the ability to perform at your peak when it matters the most, and to be resourceful when things aren’t going well is a developed skill. I wrote about the predictability of success, and how turning “failures” into successes is something we need to train. (See the previous 4 blog posts here)

I also mentioned that my son (who just turned 12) has become known to be very good at this. Numerous times has he come through when it matters the most. I shared this because it is important to understand that there is a reason for this, and how we can apply it to our lives – whether it is about learning to sing effectively or to live a creative, productive and inspired life in general.

So now that we have ended the baseball season, how about I round it off with another example from my son’s baseball world.

How To Turn Failure Into Success

To follow up on my previous two articles regarding exponential learning and peak performances and why they are developed skills, I promised to address one issue that we human beings are generally pretty lousy at.

I think when you start recognizing this tendency within yourself, you will set free a huge piece of what is restricting you from living your dreams.

Two emails we received in the last weeks serve as a perfect example.

1)A person who just joined The Singing Zone wrote: “I’ve tried to log in 20 times and it’s not working. I give up. Give me a refund.”
2)A second person who was 64 years old wrote that he had been in the choir in school but had been told to be quiet and had never sung since.

I have full compassion for that frustration when things don’t work out they way we expect them to and the emotional trauma from bad experiences (and as kids we are very susceptible to what people say). Interestingly enough, during the time period the first person tried to log in, hundreds of other members successfully logged in. So why didn’t it work for her? Well, that is of course what my support staff is here to help with, but this person never sought any help.

The second person’s reason for giving up because someone else said something is exceptionally common.

Both of these people gave up. They never turned the “failure” into a success, and, instead, their learning experience was to never do it again.

I’d like to suggest that, in general, we human beings give up far too easily, and therefore have negative (erroneous) learning experiences.

Let’s turn back to the example of my son’s baseball experience (read it here if you haven’t). Should he have given up after having missed a couple of throws? If so, should he have walked away saying “never again”?

That would have been ludicrous. If so, he would have been deprived of the opportunity to experience success. And that is exactly what happens to so many.

Success can never be experienced unless we understand that challenges are prerequisites.

It is BECAUSE we have been made fun of, made fools out of ourselves, been treated badly, had numerous bad experiences, been rejected over and over again, that we develop the fabric that creates success and happiness… but only IF we learn that turning failure into success is a developed skill. It is more than a mindset. It also takes training to develop.

So here’s my question? Do you ever say: “I don’t do that.”? Is there something that you stopped doing because of a bad experience? Most of the time we are not even aware of why we believe what we believe, because we have justified it so well.

One person told us “I don’t order online”, someone else says “I’ve been scammed before”. Others say “I have no talent” before having trained one minute of their lives. Many times the fears and beliefs are not even based on past experiences, but on something they have been told.

So what if we’ve been scammed and cheated? Is that going to stop you from experiencing the good things in life? Is watching a bad movie going to stop me from watching a good one? So what if I’ve you’ve been humiliated. Welcome to the club. Is that going to stop you from experiencing joy and love?

Now having said this, realize that success does NOT come from just doing the same thing over and over. Successful people ADJUST. Trying to log in 20 times the same way without adjusting or asking for help is indeed setting yourself up for failure. My son didn’t just keep throwing, hoping the ball would finally hit it’s target. He is trained to adjust. He adjusts his focus, energy, balance, breathing, mindset, whatever is needed…

Being able to do that better and better is part of what we call learning and that comes from training.

As you know from your own successes, and what anyone of you role models will tell you, there is never ever a straight line to success. We always need to adjust. This is also why it is so crucial that we study the mindset of our role models.

Feel free to share what "bad experience" has held you back and what you are doing about it, or a success story of how you turned failure into success, or something else that comes to mind when you read this.

To follow up on my previous two articles regarding exponential learning and peak performances and why they are developed skills, I promised to address one issue that we human beings are generally pretty lousy at.

I think when you start recognizing this tendency within yourself, you will set free a huge piece of what is restricting you from living your dreams.

Two emails we received in the last weeks serve as a perfect example.

1) A person who just joined The Singing Zone wrote: “I’ve tried to log in 20 times and it’s not working. I give up. Give me a refund.”

2) A second person who was 64 years old wrote that he had been in the choir in school but had been told to be quiet and had never sung since.

I have full compassion for that frustration when things don’t work out they way we expect them to and the emotional trauma from bad experiences (and as kids we are very susceptible to what people say). Interestingly enough, during the time period the first person tried to log in, hundreds of other members successfully logged in. So why didn’t it work for her? Well, that is of course what my support staff is here to help with, but this person never sought any help.

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