How to stay motivated as a DJ

We can all go through these stages at times, feeling flat or uninspired on our DJing journey. Perhaps we are all looking for that extra spark we felt when we first started out DJing. In this blog, I will go over some ways that have helped me get out of a rut to stay motivated in pursuit of a goal, and hope they can help you if you have been in a similar situation.

Get inspired by new music

I am sure that if you are anything like me, you have gone through this before, feeling flat or having a bad day, which has caused you to go into a bad mood or lazy mode when you get home from work. New music, or any music for that matter, can change your mood in the blink of an eye and have you feeling on top of the world wanting to get back into the studio.

We all have our favourite music we play to get us pumped up and ready for a big night out, so use music to draw ideas and inspiration from to get you motivated and efficient. Use music as a trigger to elevate you and inspire you to take more action.

Surround yourself with other aspiring DJs

The most important thing that many people have is a tendency to under estimate the importance of surrounding yourself with like minded people. Ideally, this should be people that share the same interests as you, in this case DJing and music. Surrounding yourself with people that want to set out and achieve things is vital to staying on track and towards any goals, dreams and achieving success.

Ilan Bluestone with the fans at Studio 3 Crown, Majik after party, Melbourne

Ilan Bluestone with the fans at Studio 3 Crown, Majik after party, Melbourne

It also motivates you because if everyone is pushing and pursuing the same things as you are, so it will help push you to do the work too. It can also be a great idea to have an accountability partner, someone who is holding you accountable to stay on track to achieve any goals.

Have goals

If there is something many people do not have, it is goals. We may all have a dream, but many people fail to break down their dream into smaller steps, put it on paper and act on it daily. Your goals must excite and motivate you. The key is really taking the time out to think about it and put it on paper, but what will keep you on track is getting into the habit of reviewing goals daily and doing something each day that will get you closer to achieving that goal.

This is what creates progress and will help you gain more confidence and motivation along the way. Goals will always give you something to look forward to in the future and seeing them, thinking about them and acting upon them is vital to stay on track and motivated.

Dream big, set goals, take action

Dream big, set goals, take action

Have reasons why

When setting a goal, the most important question is having a reason for why you want it so bad. This is the fuel that will really propel you forward and keep you motivated more so than the goal.

Do you have strong enough reasons as to why?

For every goal you set, have at least 3 to 5 reasons why you want it so bad, put it on paper, put it on the wall alongside your goals, and look at it each day.
If you cannot come up with good enough reasons, when you hit hurdles on your journey, and you will, it will be hard for you to get motivated and back on course.

For every goal there must be a reason why.

Realise that your past does not equal your future

Yesterday was yesterday, and realise whatever set back and delay you have had is in the past. Thinking about what happened to you yesterday today will only cause the same effects and stop progress and bring on doubt then fear. Setbacks disappointments, delays are all a part of the journey and will always be something we all go through. The ones that might reach success quicker are the ones that bounce up from defeat faster, as no one can avoid it, it is just how you deal with it that separates you from everyone else.

And not everyone can be motivated every day, but if you know what can get you motivated to take more action, you can bounce back faster every time there is a setback. So remember: every day is a new beginning.

“The past does not equal the future - Tony Robbins”