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Just this week, I received messages from three of my students informing me of great achievements in their lives. The first, Amber, was told that she had secured a place at Laine Theatre Arts College; her first choice. Next, Chloe had a successful audition and made it through to Performers College and finally, Denielle told me that she had made it through the first audition of a UK talent competition.

These ‘successes’ have urged me to write a blog. Initially, to congratulate them all on their successes, but also to consider how and why they achieved it. I have been thinking about this for a few days and as I sit here on a Sunday afternoon, typing, it has become apparent that this is a tricky one to answer.

It could seem obvious; they have ability? Of course, this is true, but I feel there has to be something more significant found in the following statement; anyone would be able to see immediately, within moments of meeting/speaking to them, that each of them WILL have a career in the performing arts. Is it passion? Enthusiasm? Natural ability? A great coach? I think it’s all of these things, and this ‘something extra’.

I am fortunate enough to have a brother who lives his life as a very successful personal trainer, and my interest in the fitness industry also exposes me to a whole host of other people with similar traits as the girls above. It seems more tangible in the fitness industry though – I believe this is due to the added persona that normally follows a fitness professional. To be clear, I am not calling this arrogance, it just seems more acceptable for a fitness professional to outline goals and acknowledge successes.

It’s hard to pinpoint, but all of my students mentioned above embrace a similar, positive attitude. Again, in this instance, I am not talking about a magical ‘I love the world’ positive attitude, it’s more of a ‘I am going to achieve’ attitude. A way of thinking and acting that has been somehow developed to thrive on success, no matter how big or small AND is so obvious upon interaction with them. This then, ultimately, drives more success; anything from consistently singing a particular note very well to passing an audition. But, how did it begin? Was this developed at home, or at school? Can the discipline gained from spending years at a dance school from a young age be thanked?

As I mentioned, I have some thoughts but I do not have any exact answers. Perhaps I need to spend some time with a life coach or psychologist to find out more, but in the meantime, I am happy with this validation that the right mindset usually runs hand in hand with success.

I’d even go as far to say;

In every situation, with the right mindset, you will find success.

Congratulations girls. Keep doing it!

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