I had the opportunity to play at a new artist-inspired BUS STOP LAST week, when my town celebrated our new Bus Shelter Art Installations.
I knew I was going to have fun … but I didn’t realize HOW much fun. I also didn’t realize how meaningful it would be to my understanding of the creative process — and why my own teaching and coaching at Hip Harp Academy has such a powerful affect on the members.
And that was all because Pedi-cab driver, Jay, stopped by with his passengers — and joined me in a spontaneous duet that would show me just how powerful – and immediate – creative direction can be. Take a look at the video first – and then I’ll tell you what hit me so hard about this.
My favorite moment of this whole duet is the moment — 22 seconds into the video – when Jay turns to his passengers and says “Oh, I couldn’t do that,” then turns around … and simply does it.
What’s so MEANINGFUL about this moment?
This is an example of why coaching is so powerful.
We’ve ALL experienced that: we see someone else do something – or we imagine something we want to do – and we think “I could never do that.”
And usually it stops right there … and we never can.
But what’s different in this clip is that he looked back at me. And I knew he could do it. I simply pointed to him with complete belief … and he did it.
In this tiny moment, his self-doubt lifted for a split second and – BOOM – he just did it.
This is the power of coaching, the power of someone who knows you can – who’s been there, who’s done it — and is going to point to you in total belief that you can.
This is why I have a year-long Academy where I coach over a hundred harp players from around the world. This is why I have mentorship program where I work one-on-one a small group of elite musicians, supporting their creative work to develop new shows, recordings, careers, symphony programs. And this is why I work with my own coaches and mentors.
This is the power of someone else believing in you completely
That’s why I LOVE this clip. That’s why every time I watch that moment, I get chills – because that’s what happens when we think we can’t – and we look someone in the eyes who knows we can … and suddenly we’re doing it.
If you play the harp, join me with over a hundred other harpists around the world in the Hip Harp Academy membership program — or apply for the 2019 Harness Your Muse mentorship program – because, whatever you dream of doing … yes, you can do it. And sometimes you need someone to show you the way and then say, “Do it.”