Mental coaching is quite common in sports. Many athletes use it to enhance their performances. They become more motivated and happier with mental coaching, they are more focused, run faster, react quicker. The effect of mental coaching has been proven by the registered improvement of the performances.
With artists it’s different, especially with rock-musicians and DJ’s. While athletes perform at daytime, rock musicians and DJ’s are creatures of the night. They love the darkness. Many musicians are afraid that the eyes of a mental coach work like spotlights and will shine right through them, destroying their creativity.
As mental coach I might be able to spot some less useful patterns in your thinking or behavior, some that you are not yet aware off. But I’m not Superman, I don’t have x-ray vision, I can’t see through you. You might be spotting a dark corner within yourself, one that you’ve avoided to enter. That’s the dark side of mental coaching.
As mental coach, I certainly don’t destroy your creativity. On the contrary. I know several methods to enhance your creativity!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” (Marianne Williamson)
With mental coaching, you are likely to become more creative, more focused, a better performer and happier, depending on what you are looking for. That’s the really danger of mental coaching. It’s only for the bravest (rock) musicians and DJ’s.
If you are struggling as musician, are you brave enough to ask a mental coach for help?