Your Life, Your Song

My music speaks to me every single day. I put my headphones in, move the switch on my shuffle to on and get a chance to turn my brain off. My music teaches me lessons. It takes me through times of pain, love, happiness and sadness. It teaches me how to overcome, how to strive for more, and how to be gentle in a world that can be so rough. It pushes me, it soothes a tired mind and brings the best out of me. Before there was writing…there was music. Just as it has always been – headphones…bobbing my head to the beat or singing the lyrics.

Your life is a brilliant canvas in which you can paint your story. When you add music into the equation, you can feel and understand things about yourself and the emotions that run through you that you could never put down in words. That is why I put music in my blogs. There are times when I simply cannot say it better or illustrate it better than the song I choose. And that is perfectly fine. This is not an ego battle. The purpose of this is to put forth the best possible product that accurately describes how I am feeling and what is going on in my life.

“Draw a line. Live above it.” – Unknown


There comes a point when you have to say to yourself “I am better than this. This effort I am giving is not enough. It isn’t producing the results I want. It’s time to draw a line and live above it.” A long time ago, I realized that the standards I set for myself were only meant to be for me. They weren’t meant for anyone else to live up to. Every day I would go to work competing with myself. Not just the current version of myself, but what I could truly be. That keeps me striving for more and pushing towards my potential. Many will argue with this statement by saying “You should just be happy with what you have etc.” I have my qualms with this. While I do appreciate what I have currently, both spiritually, mentally, and physically – I also know in my heart that I have more in the tank. I have more to give, more to express, more incredible things to gain in this life. It isn’t an obsession with the material. No, it is a desire to reach for more…because I was meant for more. I dream of being amongst one of the greats one day.

Your dreams will take you so far – then comes the work.

The difference between the talented and the skilled is the amount of work they put into the game. Talent will only take you so far…but it is the individual who persists and masters his craft who ultimately becomes successful in his endeavors. If you take this concept and extend it past your craft and focus its energy into your personal life as well, you will make leaps and bounds beyond your wildest dreams. With this focus comes more challenges, and more challenges…and more challenges. But you have to remind yourself why you are doing it. Why you are putting yourself through a struggle. Why you are sacrificing.

When you feel like giving up, remember why you started in the first place. In that moment, when you consider the beginning, you will prevent yourself from quitting entirely.

So take a moment to consider what you have in life right now and ask yourself the question “Am I meant for more than this?” If the answer is yes, write down your path, your goals, your dreams, and then work backwards from there. It is surprising how easy it is to create a concrete plan on how to achieve what you wish to. Of course there will be curveballs along the way, but if you practice hitting them and plan on them being thrown to you, your chances of making solid contact go way up.

And remember…

Draw a line. Live above it

– Evan Sanders

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  • blondinbrille
    November 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Worth thinking about. Just what I have started to do with my life. I know I can do so much more and I have set goals … to make my dream a reality.

  • Ryan
    November 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    i love listening to music also. some of my writing on my also consist what i’ve got from the music played… so.. i totally agree with you on this.

    and your ‘The difference between the talented and the skilled is the amount of work they put into the game.’ is so true…
    hope i remember this always.

  • hakeem
    November 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I agree with this totally. Got me thinking. Many have talent but few have mastery

  • rumadak
    November 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Such a beautiful post!!

  • michd74
    November 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Great post, I loved it and phenomenal song choice!

  • Rajiv
    November 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I absolutely agree with you. Talent is not enough. You have to make it happen.
    Coming to music, it is a source of great strength for me

  • Mary
    November 10, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Great post. Like my grandparents always told me, ‘Nothing worthwhile comes easy.’ Passing your post on to my son 🙂

  • Alaina Maeve
    November 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I have so many dreams and goals, and I forget to write them out and make a plan. It’s as easy as taking the steps once you have them in place! Brilliant reminder. Thank you, Evan.

  • W E Patterson
    November 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    You make a very good point about the people who say:
    “You should just be happy with what you have etc.”

    This was an excellent piece. I enjoyed it.

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  • Mike Lyles
    November 11, 2013 at 1:16 am

    As always, great post and very motivating Evan. I needed this today. Even if no one else were to not get it (and i know others did), I felt it and i will use it!!!

  • Shoes Summerfield
    November 11, 2013 at 4:25 am

    I *often* ask myself, “am I meant for more than this?” and the answer is a resounding YES!. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • VitaSun
    November 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Amen, man! Nicely written!

  • Pink Ninjabi
    November 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    an incredibly inspiring post as always, for me to reach past my doubts, extend myself beyond my fears, and jump higher than my self imposed limitations. Thank you.