The Compelling Reasons

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Why are we driven to do the things we do? I can only speak for myself and what are my compelling reasons.


I have to play music, record and associate with like-minded people. There is no choice. How do I know? There have been seasons when I have not been musically involved. The results were becoming entirely disenfranchised with my life.

My desire is to play music and associate with people who thought the same way, deep into those relationships. I knew I wanted this at the age of seven. The older I grew, the more music coalesced into my thought process.

I chose to do this, yet it feels like music chose me. Call it a compulsion, if you will.


I love to, and I love to, I love to. Sitting in front of the flat screen, editing away into the night, woodshedding hour after hour, playing out. Does it get any better?

My infatuation has become a calling. Nothing I have done has been as satisfying; as love, jobs, sports, and business ownership. Anything worth doing should involve music, right down to my spiritual life. Emotional trouble and anxiety ensue if there is no focus on musicality.

As I become more and more entrenched, I have more belief in my creative output. Each action is faith in motion, and each act reinforces the direction for which I am pining.


At times prospects of achievement seem limitless. My eyes are wide open, marveling at the possibilities sort of thing. Opportunity is everywhere, and alternate paths to my destination abound. These possibilities are part of my compelling reasons.

Why not be excited? It’s akin to being a kid in a candy shop, in addition to Christmas Morning. What is today’s gift? I can’t wait to unwrap it.


Artistically driven people understand me. There is a commonality among us. There are no meaningless coincidences in this area of life; my path seems clear.

One of my podcast guests brought up the sacredness of our habits and mindsets. It correlates with practice, creation, and performance that verges on a religious experience. It is analogous to being in a constant state of prayer, participating with a musical Illuminati, the enlightened ones.

I hang with people I like, inspiring me and making me laugh. I try to stay away from people who spout negativity and are close-minded and toxic.

Happiness is a choice.


There is no definition or promise of inevitable success. To do so almost predicts failure. Keeping an eye on the prize doesn’t necessarily mean we will win it. Yet the focus on attainment can deliver unsuspected rewards. Maybe that release date has been delayed, but what did you learn in the process. Did you come out more innovative, intelligent, and resilient? Perhaps that sets the stage for the next level of achievement.

The odds are that not much will change tomorrow. Course corrections are inevitable, making the slightest change today, tomorrow, and every day. Because there aren’t many changes, I permit myself to improve and fail. I move closer to my objectives while at the same time keeping my line of sight clear and focused.

Baby, momentum is everything.


If something exists, then it must be possible. This also a compelling reason to keep on keeping on.

Every day matters. Aspiration accomplished is the result of compounded daily tasks. Reaching inside of ourselves, moving forward, taking on the inconvenience and sacrifice of time, panting after our hopes; these things move us forward.

The timelines for things we have set our eyes upon won’t come to us in one day. Consider throwing your goals out the window. Whatever you are aspiring to achieve – practice, practice, practice. There is only process and habit.


Learning something new can take time. If it is worth having, worth mastering, there is nothing that negates the task. It’s in those daily victories which express who I am.

There is more to music than understanding musical notation. It is through years of practice, developing your subconscious automatic response to performance, which makes you a performer.

The world rewards energy and motion. It favors action over inaction, even if the results seem uncertain. I adhere strongly to this principle as a positive approach to life.

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