ArtistsMBA Track 2 – Success Skills

How to Move Past Your Fear of Success or Failure

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramDo you feel confronted by the specter of fear or success?

When you start to take action to move your career forward, does it feel like you’re pushing against a wall? Or does that wall stop you dead in your tracks?

This question comes up often, “How to I move past my fear of success or fear of failure?” The essence of this question is a misunderstanding of what fear is and how to manage it.

In this class we will discover:

  • How to identify the root source of the fear
  • How to handle the nay-sayers that feed the fear
  • How to turn fear into motivation and momentum

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson

Will you allow your fear to stop you? Will you allow your fear to keep you from fulfilling your purpose, the purpose you were born to fulfill? If you’re answer is, “No!” then this class is exactly what you’re looking for!

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Overcoming Fear

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramFEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

Simple, right? Yet, when we’re in the grip of fear, the logic (or illogic) of it is completely beside the point. It cripples us. It fills us with the quaking, heart-pounding, hands and voice shaking, inability to move.

And sometimes it undermines us in very subtle ways.

Courage (according to Encarta) = “quality of being brave: the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.”

Fear is an emotion. Courage is a skill. Debra will show you ways to develop the skill of courage in response to the emotion of fear … so you can move forward and achieve your desired level of success.

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Transform Your Inner Critic into Your Staunchest Ally

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramAre you plagued by internal doubts and self-criticism? Think you’re not good enough, or don’t deserve the success you long for? Do you find that even when you know what to do, you find all sorts of reasons not to do it?

We all carry an internal critic in our heads, and it never shuts up! And the more we fight against it, or try to argue it away… the more we know intellectually that it isn’t real… the louder and more insistent it gets.

Fortunately, there’s a better way. You can actually learn to befriend that voice, and turn it from your worst enemy to your most steadfast and supportive ally.

In this class you’ll discover:

  • Where that voice comes from and why we all have it
  • A range of tools and techniques to retrain the critics voice to be your ally (this can work with external critics too!)

Learning to work with your critics voice can transform your relationships, your business, your creativity, your life.

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Confidence

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramBelieving that confidence is something that you have, something you can get, something someone else can give you – that is a misunderstanding.

Confidence is defined as: a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers. If you believe in your own power and ability, you will FEEL confident.

Confidence is an emotion. It is an emotion that is inspired by beliefs. As such, it is neither right, real or true. Therefore, you can choose it.

In this class you will:

  • examine the true nature of confidence
  • explore the beliefs that block your confidence
  • learn how to build your confidence

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Transform Your Belief – The Key To Success

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramJust get into action, right? That’s the way to succeed.

Then why does it feel so hard all the time?  Dig a little and I bet you’ll discover that you have beliefs that work against you, undermine you, and even stop you dead in your tracks. Those beliefs can be very strong and they can be very subtle.

I can’t say this strongly enough: your beliefs determine your level of success.

Just as strong muscles help you win a ball game, strong empowering beliefs boost your energy and confidence, create opportunities, attract powerful partners, clear obstacles from your path, and propel you effortlessly into action and results.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.
– Henry Ford

So how do you move forward, easily and joyously?  Create beliefs that give you buoyancy, that clear the tangle of weeds from your path and that fuel your energy and excitement.  And once you’ve created those beliefs, you have to strengthen and reinforce them.

In this Workshop you will discover:

  • How your beliefs are working for and against you
  • 3 Steps to build beliefs that work for you
  • Actual practice building some new beliefs

In this call, you’ll learn tools to create and maintain beliefs that will give you any results you choose to believe in!

I was blown away by Debra Russell’s “Transform Your Beliefs – the Key to Success” workshop at the TAXI Road Rally. It set the stage for the rest of the conference and created a powerful focus for both me and my husband throughout the conference. Since the Rally, working privately with Debra and in the Artists Marketing & Business Academy has given me the confidence to follow through on my goals.”
Tina Claxton, Artist Manager, Barnville Music Productions
Despite a certain old, dark resistance, I caught Debra Russell’s “Transform Your Beliefs” seminar at the TAXI Road Rally. I remained a bit uncomfortable and squirmy throughout the talk, actually staying to the end because what she was saying seemed so true, clear and right. It helped that Debra is an exceptionally relaxed, focused, well-prepared speaker. I left feeling that a light had shone onto some areas that have plagued me for most of my forty years as a musician.
Bill Gordon, Pianist, Composer, Teacher

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Unblock Your Creativity

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramAs professionals in the field of creativity, we rely on accessing our creativity to create success.

That creativity needs to be engaged, not just in creating your product, but also in your marketing, your systems, every aspect of your business.

But our creativity can be like a sensitive child. And it can shut down for many different reasons. In this class we’ll examine:

  • The blocks that get in the way of accessing our creativity
  • How to get unblocked
  • And ways to prevent those blocks from happening in the first place

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An Act of Willpower – the Process of Perseverance

Artists MBA, Professional Program“How do I get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice. Practice. Practice.”
Saadi

We’ve all heard this quote as a tribute to consistent action and perseverance, right?  And some people make it look so easy.  They just do it.  But for many of us, the ability to choose consistent right action, particularly in the face of disappointment and rejection, is a real struggle.

So, how do you develop this ability, if it doesn’t come naturally to you?  The good news is that Will can be developed and built like a muscle.  In this class, we explore:

  • Will, Perseverance, Commitment – Oh My!
  • The biggest obstacles to will power
  • 3 keys to developing will power and perseverance in your life
  • Specific exercises you can do to strengthen your will power

The skill of applying your will to your choices consistently is critical to making your systems work (including, time management, organization, marketing) and creating consistent and sustainable success.  Start developing your will power today!

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How to Use Feedback and Criticism Constructively

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramThe most successful artists (and people) have made an art of receiving and implementing feedback. But for the rest of us, feedback can be really hard to hear.  It can be painful.  It can trigger all of our negative beliefs both about our own worth and about the probability of our success.

And feedback can come in a lot of different forms.  If you subscribe to the idea:

There is no failure – only feedback*

*(The Leadership Principle that I talk about in “Mindset of a Leader – Part 2”)

Then everything can be taken as feedback, right?  So, using the feedback becomes an even bigger opportunity and challenge.

In this class you’ll discover:

  • The most effective way to solicit and receive overt feedback
  • How to glean feedback from your most challenging experiences
  • How to maintain your equilibrium and faith in yourself when receiving negative feedback
  • The best ways to interpret feedback, particularly conflicting information
  • And how to implement feedback constructively in your life and your art.

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100% Ownership – The First Key to Leadership

Artists MBA, Foundation ProgramYou may think, I’m an Artist, I don’t need to be a Leader.  But this isn’t about being a political or religious leader.  This class is about being a Leader in your life and your career.

The first foundation of Leadership – taking responsibility for your outcomes – all of them.

Blaming others, or even ourselves, for unwanted and undesirable outcomes is a way of life in our society.  What you may not realize is the tremendous loss this way of thinking creates – loss of self-esteem, loss of empowerment, loss of courage, loss of your dreams and your vision.  If any of these issues are a concern for you – this class is essential to your success.

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.”
Henry Ward Beecher

We explore:

  • The difference between responsibility and blame
  • The pros and cons of taking ownership of your outcomes
  • Simple tools to create a new habit of ownership

I know that this topic can be sensitive, even frightening.  If you are feeling resistant, apathetic or fearful, this class is definitely for you.

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Attitude of Gratitude Or How to Handle Rejection and the Other Hard Stuff!

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramHard stuff happens – rejection, loss, having to learn new stuff, overwhelm – you know, hard stuff.

We know from the Law of Attraction that what you focus on expands and what you expect you get.

So how do you put the hard stuff into a context that creates and expands the good stuff?

 

In this class we explore:

  • Having an attitude of gratitude
  • Reframing your context – as a method for shifting your focus
  • Embracing all of life’s experiences with curiosity and a beginner’s mind

With practice, you will find that these techniques can give you the ability to stay calm, focused and optimistic, no matter what’s going on around you.

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