In music, the journey from aspiration to achievement is layered with possibility. Every melody, every lyric, and every performance holds the potential to transcend boundaries and move hearts. Yet, realising this potential requires more than just talent, it demands a mindset that embraces the limitless possibilities of the artistic journey. 

So, what does it take to cultivate such a mindset and unleash your full potential as a music artist?

Believe in the Power of Possibility

At the core of every great achievement lies unwavering belief. Belief in your talent, your vision, and most importantly, in the many possibilities that lie before you. Understanding that every successful artist was once a dreamer who dared to put action to that dream. When you embrace this kind of mindset that success is possible, you’ll find the courage to pursue your goals relentlessly.

Embrace Fear and Failure

In the pursuit of establishing your career as an artist, fear of failure wants to travel with you, be your best friend. In your ear, throwing shade on every move you make. Instead of shying away from it, embrace it as a catalyst for growth. Understand that every setback is an opportunity to learn and evolve and come back stronger. By confronting your fears head-on and viewing failure as a stepping stone rather than a roadblock, you’ll develop resilience and fortitude essential for the journey. I love the quote that setbacks are set-ups for success.

Cultivate Consistency and Discipline

It’s not a sprint but a marathon, and building a successful music career means you have to go the distance. Cultivate the habit of consistency and discipline in your craft. Set aside dedicated time for practice, song writing, and honing your skills. Understand that artistic authenticity is a journey, not a destination, and commit yourself to continuous improvement.

Embrace Change

The music industry is ever-evolving, and versatility is key to staying relevant. Experiment with different styles, and platforms to expand your artistic perspectives. Be open to new experiences and opportunities, and adapt to changing trends and technologies. Remember, versatility breeds innovation, and innovation breeds success.


Surround Yourself with Supportive structure

The journey as an artist can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a solitary one. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who share your passion and vision. Build a supportive network of peers, mentors, and collaborators who inspire you to push the boundaries of your creativity. Together, you’ll find strength in unity and encouragement in shared aspirations.

Stay True to Your Authenticity

In a world of imitation, authenticity is your greatest asset. Stay true to your unique voice, perspective, and artistic identity. Don’t surrender to the pressure to conform or compromise your values for commercial success. Remember, it’s your authenticity that will resonate with audiences and leave a lasting impact on the world. 

“I know I chose the job but nothing could have prepared me for the ups and downs that come with it. I know for sure that a lot of my anxiety has come from what they call ‘imposter syndrome,’ not believing in myself enough and thinking that I don’t deserve happiness, which results in wanting to sabotage my own success.” Ellie Goulding

Celebrate Every Achievement

Along the journey, it’s essential to celebrate every milestone, no matter how small. Whether it’s finishing a song, booking your first gig, or reaching a new milestone on social media, take the time to acknowledge and appreciate your achievements. Celebrate not only the destination but also the journey, for they are the markers of your progress and growth.

The story of Wilma Rudolph


When I first heard the story of Wilma Rudolph it blew me away. I had tingles just from reading it. It’s a story I read quite frequently, because it reminds me that just about anything is possible.

Wilma Rudolph was an American athlete considered the fastest woman in the world in the 60′s, whose career was highlighted by her winning 3 gold medals in track and field during the Rome Olympic Games in 1960.

When you look at the early life of Wilma Rudolph you would not see the stereo-typical lifestyle of a future Olympic champion. Her story would give every one of you the inspiration to believe in the possibilities of achieving your dreams.

The story of Wilma Rudolph has many important lessons within it. It tells about a poverty stricken sick child who overcame many obstacles, including polio to achieve an unimaginable level of success. Have no doubts that this woman overcame incredible odds to fulfil her dreams.

She demonstrated a ‘never give up’ philosophy as well as that success is a process not an event. In this process, you have to plan, work hard, accept failure at times and never give up. Success rarely comes easily for anyone, but if you do not give up, and stay determined and persistent you can achieve all of your dreams.

Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals at the Rome Olympics of 1960, including the 100m which officially made her the fastest woman on earth. But of course that’s not where the story starts.

Wilma Rudolf was born prematurely into a poor home in Tennessee, USA and weighed only 4.5 pounds. Her early years were plagued by one illness after another: measles, mumps, scarlet fever, chicken pox and double pneumonia.

It was discovered that her left leg and foot were becoming weak and deformed. She was diagnosed with polio, a crippling disease that had no cure. The doctor told her mother that Wilma would never walk. But Mrs. Rudolph would not give up on Wilma. She found out that she could be treated at Meharry Hospital, the black medical college of Fisk University in Nashville. Even though it was 50 miles away, Wilma’s mother took her there twice a week for two years, until she was able to walk with the aid of a metal leg brace. Then the doctors taught Mrs. Rudolph how to do the physical therapy exercises at home. 

Her brothers and sisters played basketball. One day when Wilma was watching them play from her wheelchair she began to cry and told her mother how sad she felt that she would never be able to play with them. Her mother told her that she was a miracle child and that she would walk again, but she had to start believing it.

All of her brothers and sisters helped too, and they did everything to encourage her to be strong and work hard at getting well. Finally, by age 12, she could walk normally, without the crutches, brace, or corrective shoes. It was then that she decided to become an athlete.

When she was a child, her mother asked her ‘Wilma, what do you want to be when you grow old.’ She answered “I want to be the fastest woman on earth”. With moist eyes, her mother encouraged her to follow the dream. With tremendous determination and spirit, she removed her brace and started to walk. Doctors said it is a miracle of God that she is walking. At age of 13, she participated in her first race at school level and came last. She continued to come last on many more races to come.

At age of 15, she entered in the Tennessee state university and met her coach Ed Temple. She reiterated her dream to Ed – “I want to be the fastest woman on earth”. Ed answered – “With your spirit no one can stop you”. Ed decided to help her in the training.

In conclusion, dare to dream, dare to defy, and dare to believe that anything is possible. Your journey awaits make it extraordinary.

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. Wilma Rudolph

Basil Reynolds

Coaching Consultant

Finding the Music Inside