Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Just how far do we have left to go...

Do you really want to know the answer to that question?

So we went out and played a show with a little bit of emotion, and a little bit of drive. We were rewarded with a small, but significant award. It is a very tiny step in the right direction. They say that you have to learn to crawl before you can walk, and you have to learn to walk before you can run. What can you say? We are finally crawling. Hopefully people are learning to walk during the week so that when the weekend gets here we can hit the ground running, or at least jogging, I would be satisfied with jogging!

The learning phase is over, and the re-learning phase needs to end just as quickly. Too many people feel that they have things completely under control in performance right now, and in my eye, our performance simply isn’t good. It’s ok. Right now it is mediocrity at it’s finest, with lots of potential to be great. How great we become depends upon how each individual approaches this gig in the coming weeks, both on and off the field. Some of us take it very seriously, others it’s just a chance to get away for the weekend. Some of us have the hunger and the desire to be great while others are satisfied with simply showing up.

We can’t just show up and expect to achieve at a high level anymore. The start of Saturday’s practice clearly indicated that. We did manage to take strides during rehearsal and really get things going by the end, which again is another very small step, but it is still in the crawling phase. This weekend we can ill afford to have a start that is nothing less then where we left off towards the end of last weeks rehearsal. We need to begin at that pace and push though to the end of the day. These kinds of days will prepare us to be truly phenomenal.

It is time to put aside everything you thought you knew about being a great performer, and find the essence of what performance is. It is a feeling that you can’t explain. It is a feeling that you can only will on to yourself. Those of us that have it can only inspire others to feel the same. Once everyone has it then you work together to push that feeling to new levels. Each person at that point is no better or worse then anyone around them. Find that “magic switch” and turn it on for the weekend. I’ll give you a hint…you’ll find it in your heart right next to the desire button.

There is a long way to go.

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