Invisible barriers

Do you have something you want to do, but find you can never quite get around to doing it?

I’ve been thinking a lot about invisible barriers recently. I had a big one when lockdown started – I wanted to do exercise, but my usual swimming wasn’t an option. I used to run a few years ago before my son was born, so decided I wanted to start running again.

But, it was really hard. My mind was full of messages –

you haven’t done this for years, you’ve lost all your fitness, you don’t have the right clothes, you will be the slowest….

A friend of mine had told me about the Couch to 5k app recently, so I thought I’d give it a go. It worked a treat. I took a bit longer than the 9 weeks, but I taught myself to run for half an hour without stopping. To do that, I have to run two laps of the park. Then, because I’d been motivated by the app, I went further – I gave three laps a go, and I did it! 

I’ve just got home from running three laps of the park for the third time in about ten days, and I am so proud of myself. Exercise isn’t something that comes naturally to me, and I am almost always the slowest/worst at any sporting activity (picked last in PE, every time!). 

It feels really amazing to do something better than I did before, especially when it’s not something that comes easily. It’s spurred me on and the motivation will keep building alongside the success. My invisible barrier has been broken down!

The Couch to 5k app was essential to this success. It didn’t do any of it for me – I did all the work myself – but it provided the mindset, motivation and encouragement I needed to unlock my potential.

Many musicians have invisible barriers about pitching for work. Fear of failure, fear of what other people will think… perhaps even fear of success… there are so many, and I’m always thinking about how I can help remove these barriers.

I can help you feel great about pitching for work.

Our new service, Perfect Pitch with Polyphony Arts, launches tomorrow. Send us your pitch, and we will perfect it for you. We will use our experience as music agents and promoters to provide you with feedback that will ensure your pitch is the best it can be.

You don’t need to feel unsure about what you’re saying any more – we’ll provide that vital second opinion that will allow you to pitch for work with confidence.

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What are your invisible barriers?

What are your tips for overcoming them?

Katie Beardsworth

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