For a rock star, there are no small details because every moment is a performance, says Mark Schulman, a drummer who’s performed with numerous rock stars, including Billy Idol, Cher, Foreigner, and P!nk.
That mindset translates easily into everyday life.
“How connected are you are? Why do you do what you do? Does every moment matter? Every member matter?” Schulman asked the more than 500 attendees at CU Direct’s Drive 18 Conference Wednesday. “When it does, that boosts your performance, makes you rock star, and gives you swagger.”
Schulman gave the opening address at the conference in Grapevine, Texas, before rejoining P!nk on her world tour.
To unlock a rock star mindset, Schulman says there are four keys to remember:
1. Start with attitude
Think about ABC, Schulman says, or attitude, behaviors, and consequences.
“We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control our attitudes about what happens to us,” Schulman says. “Attitude is our viewpoint; where we’re looking from. And it determines what you see. Attitude drives your behavior and your behaviors determine your consequences in life.”
2. Shift your attitude
Instead of thinking you “have to” complete a task, begin thinking that you “get to” do that task. This provides a positive vibe and makes it sound as though you’re choosing to do that task.
By changing your language or thought process, you can change your attitude, Schulman says.
3. Remember gratitude
It’s not possible to have negative and positive thoughts simultaneously, Schulman says. So instead of concentrating on the negative thought, concentrate on a positive thought or something you’re grateful for.
Negative thoughts are a prime opportunity to practice the shift in attitude. “It’s easy to be grateful when things are going well, but it’s powerful to celebrate gratitude when things aren’t going so well,” Schulman says.
4. Have passion
Billy Idol once told Schulman that he sang every note like it was the last note he’d ever sing. That passion is what makes Idol the performer he is, and Schulman says it can make difference in anyone's life.
“Passion is the driver, the fuel, the motivator that gets you to do what you do. It’s your purpose,” Schulman says. “The evolution of passion is purpose. It’s why we play. You need to realign yourself with your ‘why’ because that creates more passion and that creates more purpose.”