Just recently I revisited some of his principles, namely the “The Ultimate Success Formula – 5 keys to getting anything you want in life”, and realized how much of these success and happiness principles are realized in Modern Music School classrooms every day.
At Modern Music School, all teachers have the knowledge and resources to embed these principles into their student’s’ experience. It’s what they have learned through intensive teacher training. They continuously advance their qualifications, professional and personal skills in order to help students reach their full potential – and not only in the classroom but throughout life.
Today, let’s take a look at Modern Music School’s ultimate success formula and it’s 5 principles:
1. Know your outcome
Clarity is Power! Being clear about exactly what you want is the first thing you need to do before you can start to make anything better.
Modern Music School coaches make sure their students’ goals and desires come first. They encourage students to have a clear vision of what they want because having a clear vision can help us achieve great things. Our coaches also assist students with goal setting and devising plans for how to attain those goals. All their guidance and support is tailored exactly to each of their individual students’ needs.
For some students, it’s certain songs they want to learn. For others, it’s being part of a band, or even becoming a professional musician.
2. Know your ‘reason why’
When you have a powerful reason why achieving your goals is important to you, it gives you the drive to continue through any challenge.
Modern Music School coaches always want to know what drives their students. They ask about the “why” and then create meaningful lessons that pick up on these driving forces. Since they’re active musicians themselves – some of them for many years and with great success – they love to share what helps them drive through challenges and keep the inspiration alive. Whatever they do, they keep in mind that self-motivation is the biggest impetus for commitment and follow through – not obligation or mandates from teachers or parents (or any other outside expectation).
Contrary to some parents’ wishes for most children, this is about having fun. As soon as things are fun and exciting for students, those students become highly motivated, and less likely to give up when faced with challenges and setbacks.
For adults on the other hand, this motivation could come from having a creative outlet and a place to recharge after a long and exhausting day at work (which is also fun, of course).
3. Take massive action
Massive action is the basis of any success – whether in music (entertainment), sports, business, etc, every successful person will most likely have taken consistent, massive action to get where they are now.
We create learning environments that lead to massive action. Our teachers know that if students are presented with appropriate challenges, and get to do what they’re really interested in, they can work tirelessly and with deep focus.
Taking massive action always starts with building strong rituals. Therefore we look for what gets our students excited and use it to help them build routines around it.
By the way, massive action can’t be measured by the number of hours a student practices at home. It’s about finding routines that inspire them to pick up their instruments and show up for class independently, self-motivated and for the fun of it.
4. Notice your results
Make sure what you’re doing is getting you what you want, and leading you where you want to go.
Modern Music School teachers check in with their students to make sure they’re happy with their achievements. They make it their responsibility to enable students reach their goals and do this by creating learning experiences that help students excel.
Again, this should be about having fun. As long as students are enjoying themselves, they’re on the right track. And let’s face it, practicing scales and technique just isn’t that much fun sometimes.
This is where parents have to remember that the many benefits of music set in long before we can play a scale with pure sparkling sound. Music improves cognitive, social and emotional skills no matter what our skill level is.
5. Change your approach
If you’re taking action and it isn’t getting you where you want to go, change your approach.
We love helping students navigate through challenges to find new, improved approaches when the old ones don’t bring desired results.
It’s all about perseverance, and since all Modern Music School coaches are also talented, active musicians, they have lots of personal experiences and stories to share. When students need a little extra encouragement, it can be very inspiring to hear somebody else’s success story – especially one that started out with seemingly unsurmountable challenges.
It’s Tony Robbins who said, “when it seems impossible, when it seems like nothing is going to work, you’re usually only a few millimeters away from making it happen.”
So let’s make it happen! We want our students to push through the last few millimeters.
By making sure we expose them to these success principles from an early age, Modern Music School students grow up using them automatically and in all areas of their lives. It becomes second nature to them. As a result, they lead happier, and more successful and contented lives – and embrace a never-ending love for music.