Why To Never Settle For Less Than Your Best

This video is extremely hard for me to post.  I have always had a fear of sharing my real singing voice with people, so instead I just sing less than my best. I soften my voice, turn the volume down, and put less emotion and power behind it. Even though I love to sing and have always dreamed of performing and singing, so well that it moves people, the way my favorite artists move me.

My little Harlow taught me a very valuable lesson. When she gets tired and hungry she puts a lot of power behind her cry. On top of that she doesn't stop until she gets what she wants. The ONLY thing that will calm her down is, if I sing Etta James (Her favorite artist.) But, the interesting part is, I can't just sing it. I have to give it my all. She does not calm down until I am belting it out. The minute I do she calms down.

Etta James Recording Vocalist

Etta James Recording Vocalist

This has taught me an incredible lesson about life... Why do we ever settle for less than our best? Why do we hide behind our fear, and allow our talent to be buried inside? Why do we doubt the ability we have to inspire, and touch the souls of the people around us? Sometimes we need to remember its not about us. Sometimes we have to walk through that fear, to give only our best to the people in this world. Why... Because they need it. That which you are hiding, could be the key to unlocking the fire and passion within someone. That's not about you. That's about your calling. To be a tool, in the hands of a higher power. Its not going to matter if you are perfect. Its going to matter that you did it, and you gave it everything you had to give. You are put in certain places, to say, or do certain things that will inspire others in ways only you can inspire them.

"We need to rely on the angels in our lives, so that we can be an angels in the lives of others."

Its time we find people like my little Harlow. Surround yourself with people who only settle for your best. These kind of people are true angels in our life. They make us walk through our fear. They make us see who we were meant to be, all because they know we have more to give. We need to rely on the angels in our lives, so that we can be an angels in the lives of others.

That is a beautiful thing. One of the most significant ways to watch this process, is through the art of Music...

Music is the Language of the soul. It touches our deepest emotions. It inspires our greatest capabilities, and it becomes a soundtrack to our lives. But how have the changes in music, reflected in our society?

We tie the emotions attached to our memories to music. When we hear a song we have attached an emotion to, we can suddenly, see, feel, smell, and almost taste the memory of the time that song was playing.

When you hear songs from the past you feel not only the emotions you have put to that song, but you feel the emotion the artist and musicians have put to that song.

Hearing the sound of Etta James belt out the lyrics to her classic and timeless song “At Last” you feel her emotion, you feel the power of her soul through the power of her vocals. She captured the time, and the history of that moment. You feel the emotion behind the message she communicates through that song.

Her vocals are raw, soothing, and authentic. The instruments accompanying her are live, crisp, acoustic, and clear. You can almost hear the craftsmanship of each instrument played. Music in this time period was dramatically different than it is today. You can feel the talent, and the passion they have for their art within their work.

From the beginning of time, the evolution of music has fascinated me. When you look at the time line as a whole, you can see music progressively going from pure authentic art, to a more digital technical compilation that pairs elements of that authenticity together. Music today is more complex. Its built of digital renditions of music, some played live, some created on a computer. Vocals have become more edited and digitized through auto tune and modern capabilities. Through that process we loose that raw, soulful talent that we saw before the 70s.

Technology back then, was so archaic to today’s standards, that if you wanted to create something beautiful you had to create it from the ground up. You had to play the song over and over again. You had real instruments recording live. Things like auto tune were not as advanced as they are today.

Singers had to bring it. They had to get it perfect all the way through the song. Today technology allows artists to be lazier. It allows them to play sections of the song well, because technology allows us to edit the song together, and it comes out with all the beautiful pieces in one perfect piece.  

I’m not saying every artist does this. There are very talented artists, just as talented as artists in that era. Though technology brings out so many capabilities and broadens the horizon of endless possibilities.  Is technology in fact allowing us to settle for less than our best?

This does not just apply to music. It applies to every aspect of life. There are literally apps that Photoshop, and perfect the imperfections in your photos. You can make your skin look more tan, less blemished and more vibrant. You can brighten your eyes, your hair, and your look with the touch to the screen.

As technology continues to advance, things become easier and more convenient, but I fear that within that convenience, we are loosing our raw beauty, we are giving up on authenticity, and we are settling for far less than our best.

If something can do it for us, naturally we are not going to keep working at it. Which means we are not going to enrich that talent, and grow it to be better and better as we work harder and harder.

 “Within this transformation of our culture we have lost the divinity of the word WORK. We view work as something we Have to do, something that is a part of life that is less than enjoyable.”

Our work is made up of emotion, and it should connect us to our souls and the purpose that ignites our passion. Our work should create true bliss in your life, day after day. Within this transformation of our culture we have lost the divinity of the word WORK. We view work as something we Have to do, something that is a part of life that is less than enjoyable.

The true intention of the word work started out as the word that encompasses the things you do, and the beauty you create using your talent. Your work was meant to be your art, your calling, and that one complex life long thing your leave on this earth.

Your Work was meant to touch the hearts of generations. It was meant to be something that expresses who you are and what you stand for. It was meant to inspire the greatness in others.

Artists today are inspired by artists from generations ago. Ask any successful musician what they attribute their success to, and they will tell you, it was because I grew up watching and listening to artists from the past. They connected with the raw beauty and emotion in their work. And that is what inspired the work they are doing today.

“We connect with emotion. We connect with authenticity. People love to see you are human. They are inspired by your success, and how you got there.”

We connect with emotion. We connect with authenticity. People love to see you are human. They are inspired by your success, and how you got there. The good parts and the bad, the perfect and the imperfect, are all part of your story and the raw beauty that makes you….you. That’s what people follow. That’s what inspires the generations of our future.

Tell me what inspires you? Who are the angels in your life? How do they help you walk through your fear?