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Lessons from The Voice Pt. 4: When Confidence Isn't a Good Thing

We are onto the battle rounds of The Voice. This part of the competition is where we see the judges juggle their internal struggle of choosing between their contestants, and when the contestants internal character really starts showing through.

Image via:   Tyler Golden/NBC

Image via: Tyler Golden/NBC

One of the things I've always noticed in every season I've watched of the Voice and which has held true this season, is that confidence is a must when it comes to performing and competing, but it can also be a stumbling block. Contestants who are given a song they've sung a thousand times or who have had experience performing or some amount of success rely on those thingst to carry them through the battle round. Those contestants who don't have as much experience performing or are not as familiar with a song often admit to being somewhat intimidated by their opponent.

Image via:   Trae Patton/NBC

Image via: Trae Patton/NBC

The interesting thing, though, is almost every single time, the contestant with the least experience or knowledge of a song comes out ahead, mainly because their opponent was over confident and didn't feel they had to work as hard.

I love seeing an underdog, take that intimidation and turn it into motivation. It's such a lesson for us in life, and especially in business.

Just because we may have more experience, be a better artist or entrepreneur, does not mean that we are automatically going to come out ahead of everyone else. We have to keep hustling as if we weren't as good and keep looking to how we can be better.

And as the judges point out time and time again, it isn't always about who's the best, it's about who shows them they will work the hardest, and who brings the most passion to their work.

Image via:   Tyler Golden/NBC

Image via: Tyler Golden/NBC

So, be confident, but don't let your confidence put you in a rut or make you lazy. Don't let it take away your heart. Get out there. Stay humble. Hustle hard. And wear your heart on your sleeve,

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Lessons from the Voice Pt. 3: Just Keep Swimming

Well, after 3 weeks, the blinds are officially over, and they were amazing. I always feel for the judges in the next round when the singers have to duke it out in what looks like an actual boxing ring. Ugh, it would just be so hard to choose. I mean, some of these artists are really amazing and equally matched. After seeing the previews, the judges have it in for themselves. May the force be with them and the odds ever in their favor. (What would we do without movie quotes, right?)

Today's post is short. There's just one theme that I really want to highlight. I've seen it come up each night of the show, and it's really stuck with me. And that theme is this:

Just because you've had some success doesn't mean you've made it, and doesn't mean you get to stop working for your dreams.

Some of these artists have had hits on the radio, had record deals, opened and toured with other famous artists, sang in front of thousands, and heck, even opened for the Olympics. They've had some success. But they haven't "made it," so to speak. 

Just because you accomplish one goal or taste the sweetness of a success does not mean that you get to sleep in the next day and take a break. No. It means that you get to set your alarm and get up the next day and start climbing the next mountain. A goal reached or an opportunity in the spotlight does not mean that you have made it and from here on out everything else is a piece of cake. It means you get to hustle harder.

Even successful and famous people like our four judges are still out there putting in the work every day and that's what makes them stand out from the rest and allows them to keep doing what they love. 

So, my mottos are these for right now. No matter what comes, whether it be failures or successes, just make like Dory and keep swimming and stay humble and hustle hard. 

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Lessons from the Voice Part 2: The Importance of Receiving Support and Supporting Others

The talent we get to see on The Voice can be mind blowing. I love watching the artists and hearing their stories.  But next to watching the artists, I love watching their families and friends.

They wait in the wings while the artist takes the stage, and it's almost like you can see their heart pounding in their chest as they hold their breath, hoping and praying and pleading for the judges to turn their chair for their loved one on stage. 

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Photo Source: NBC

I don't think I've ever seen a performer on The Voice without at least one friend or family member there supporting them and believing in them. 

Having someone who supports and believes in your talents and dreams and believes that you are capable of great things, that is an incredible blessing and gift to have. 

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Photo Source: NBC

Unfortunately, we often live up to what people say about us or believe about us. All it takes is one person to crush our spirit, but all it also takes is one person who believes in us to give us the drive to keep on going. Those encouragers and supporters - they are our Godsends. They often don't realize how important they really are. 

Photo Source: Tyler Golden/NBC

Photo Source: Tyler Golden/NBC

Photo Source: Trae Patton/NBC

Photo Source: Trae Patton/NBC

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Photo Source: NBC

They are the unsung heroes quitting their jobs and moving across the country for their kids, carrying their gear, practicing with them, encouraging them, cheering them on when they succeed, and lifting them up when they fall down. 

Very few, if any, great or successful people ever reached their goals without at least one person in their life rooting for them. 

For me that person is my husband. He's always there to carry my gear and tell me that I can build this business and be successful. He believes in me even when I don't believe in myself, and I know that this goal of mine wouldn't be happening without his support. 

It's important that we have these people in our lives, but it is equally important that we give that support to others. Don't let competition, or jealousy, or pride keep you from supporting your loved ones and their dreams and also other business owners and creatives. Would you rather be that person that crushed a spirit or helped it fly? Let's take a lesson from The Voice coaches and support others even if they are in our same field and may outrun us one day. 

Photo Source: Trae Patton/NBC

Photo Source: Trae Patton/NBC

Who is the person in your life who supports and believes in you? I'd love hear from you in the comments below.

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