Jean West Watanabe

Self Improvement, Self Growth, Master Key Principles, Manifestation

Quality Vision Means Power



thinking quality thoughts equals excellence

When I was a part time working musician, I would have trouble staying focused during my performances, especially when I started to play solo and no longer had a band, because the support of the band was no longer there for me to lean on when the insecurities began to set in.  Lack of focus is a musician’s worst nightmare, because once that happens you aren’t concentrating on your performance anymore, and you forget words to your songs and hit the wrong chords on your guitar. Ugh!

My biggest distraction was always worrying about what other people were thinking, especially where my guitar playing was concerned because that was truly a weak spot for me. When you worry about what other people are thinking, your focus is on their thoughts not your own and then you begin to pull their energy to you, good or bad. I am not kidding when I say, if their thoughts are less than favorable to your music or performance, you can feel it like a slap in the face, which is why you need control of your focus.

I remember doing a small CD release party at a theater in Minneapolis. I had a lot of support at that show and it was a decent turnout. I had invited another musician to perform with me and open up with her own songs prior to my performance. Of course some of her crowd and friends came to the show as they wanted to hear her perform, so I let her go first.  When my turn came, I got up there and opened with one of my favorite songs, the guitar part was a bit more difficult on this song, so I had to really pay attention to what I was doing, especially since playing guitar was not my strong point.  Unfortunately a woman sitting near the front row who was a friend to the other musician I had invited, starting talking rather loudly to the guy next to her, during my opening song.  I remember thinking unpleasant thoughts such as, does she not like my music? And why doesn’t she just leave if she doesn’t want to be here? What is everybody else thinking about this?  So at first I was terribly distracted and was waiting for her to stop talking, but when I saw she wasn’t going to stop anytime soon, I started to focus on my friends and fans sitting behind her, by locking my eyes onto theirs as I sang.  This helped me to shut out her voice as I continued to sing, by making eye contact with the people who were actually listening. Fortunately one of my friends eventually leaned over and asked her to stop talking. It would have been really easy for me to wonder if it made me look bad to have someone like that in the audience, but I decided not to worry about that, so I never mentioned it to anyone after the show. Afterward, my cousin who sat towards the back of the theater told me it was the “most together” performance I had ever done. The focus completely paid off.  When we focus on something so intently, the mind cannot fail you and you cannot go wrong.

We have all heard the expression, “stay focused” whenever we are concentrating on something that we want to happen. We hear this so much throughout our lives, that I think we actually take that expression for granted without really knowing what it means to stay focused on something.  The word focus means a few different things, it’s the “center or interest of our activity and the quality of having a clear vision”. Professional athletes and professional performers to name a few, are trained to have focus and it’s undoubtedly the most important part of their training. If the mind is not right, it won’t matter how strong, fast or talented they are, they will undoubtedly choke and it will affect their outcome.  That’s really the difference between hugely successful people and people who aren’t as successful as they would like to be, it’s the lack of focus. If I could go back and change anything in my musician days, I would have spent less time worrying about how everyone else was doing with their music in comparison to my own. When you worry about other people and what they are doing, your energy is sent to them, instead of keeping it for yourself and expanding on it. Unfortunately this was a common mistake that a lot of my musician acquaintances made as well and an easy pettiness to get caught up in. I remember one time a singer/songwriter colleague of mine showed up at one of my shows and as I was standing there performing, I watched her do a head count of the people who were there. Why was she doing this and why would this affect her? Well it didn’t affect her in any way, but she had placed her focus and energy to me. It wasn’t until years later that this was put into perspective for me.

When we still lived in California, I was sitting there one day listening to Star 98 radio station, this was back in the days when Ryan Seacrest was still a DJ on there and before American Idol. The guest that day was rock musician Gene Simmons from the band Kiss.

They were taking calls from the listeners so they could ask Gene a question or chat with him. One KISS fan called into the show and he started to complain about another famous rock band that had been inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame recently and evidently KISS had not yet been inducted at that time. This fan was mad, he went on and on about how much better KISS was than this other famous band and KISS should have been inducted there first as they were more deserving of it. Gene Simmons very kindly, but firmly stopped this fan in his tracks and told him to hold off with those comments. Clearly it made Gene Simmons uncomfortable, but he also offered some very valuable advice about this fan’s view point as well. Gene explained that there is enough fame to go around for everyone, and just because one person is famous does not mean someone else won’t be too. There is no limit on success or fame and more than one person can have it at the same time, as success and fame are plentiful. And Gene is right. I was so impressed with Gene’s answer, I have never forgotten it. I felt that a man of his success and notoriety could have easily become arrogant and sided with the fan that had called in, but he chose not to. Kiss was either going to get into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame based on their own talent, regardless of what the other band was doing or they weren’t and the success of KISS had nothing to do with the success of this other band. And by the way, KISS did eventually get inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame as well a few years later. Universal Law does not limit anyone, and it is not set up for only a chosen few to succeed or create the life they want. Once again this is very limited thinking and you can see how society in general is very limited in their beliefs, especially when it comes to success of any kind. Gene Simmons knew this and has probably used manifestation and abundant thinking his whole life to get to where he was. His answer was confident and also very insightful. Looking back, if I had been less preoccupied with how well someone else’s career was doing when I was pursuing music and simply focused on just my own, I would have gotten a lot further.  We deplete our energy and focus with petty thoughts of jealousy and competition instead of just doing what we do best and letting our own vibrational energy shine.

Procrastination is another form of a lack of focus, so is making excuses for our failures and being distracted. It takes training and repetitious thinking to get proper focus on our goals and to get them achieved by permeating the subconscious mind. Our brain is a natural process that we control and our thoughts control the quality of those thoughts, which dictate the outcome. Notice I said the “quality” of those thoughts and focus means the quality of our vision. And quality is the measure for excellence.  Thinking quality thoughts = excellence. We can decide to focus on something or we can decide not to. Lack of focus is a decision. We make that decision by the way we think. We decide to not focus on something and we decide to be distracted or we don’t. We can blame the failure on that distraction or lack of focus, even though we have the freedom and power to change our thoughts and our focus at any time.  Whenever we are told “don’t give your power away”, it means you are giving the power of your thoughts away to the conditions which are presented to you.  But your thoughts can change those conditions around you. For me, it could have been a great performance at my CD release party that I had waited for so long to have, or it could have been a terrible performance because of one rude woman. I chose the way I wanted it to go by focusing on having a good performance and it worked. Put your attention where it matters the most, and the brain will give you the right thoughts and focus for the right outcome. Never give your power away to someone else or the conditions around you.

Author: Jean

I was born and raised mostly in Minnesota, the youngest of 5 girls. I never went onto college as my sisters did, because the only two things I had ever wanted to do was work with horses or pursue music and I figured I would not need a conventional education for either of those. I chose to pursue a career in horse training three days after graduating from high school and did this for many years. Horribly misguided by others I met along the way, I eventually became disillusioned with the horse industry and it's lack of respect for the horses, so I moved on from that and I never looked back. I then went into music, which was my second love and was an aspiring singer/songwriter part time for another 10 years while I worked administrative jobs on the side. This also went to the wayside when it did not take me where I wanted to go. These days I am married and currently live in Colorado with my husband, two dogs and a horse. In looking back on my life I could never understand why I would get so close to reaching my dreams and goals, but then watch them slip away as easily as they had come. As a young horse trainer starting out, I had two very good opportunities to work for a woman who was former world champion rodeo star and also for a close relative of another rodeo star, who had been a world champion many times over. I rejected both of these opportunities early on, but with great regret later, because my head was not in the right place to accept them. Even though I had manifested both opportunities during that time and without realizing what I was doing, was unable to keep them. The same thing happened in the music industry. I had the experience of recording demos in both Austin Texas and Nashville at separate times, and I was given the opportunity to be represented by a few producers in Nashville as well, both eventually going nowhere. These hit and miss opportunities that never really got off the ground, soon became an up and down journey that I went through for several years, until I started studying Universal laws of manifestation. Early on, the first book my cousin had handed me about negative and positive attraction was indeed inspiring, but telling someone to simply think positively is not going to leave a lasting impression, so I fell back into my old ways of finding opportunity and losing opportunity. Years later, I eventually moved onto another book and things went a little deeper, but I was still not quite “getting it” because I had so many questions and felt things were missing in the authors explanation of how this all works. I eventually found The Master Key System written by Charles Haanel and that's when things really came together for me. His explanation of why Universal and Natural Laws of Attraction work by bringing science and spirituality together, instead of separating them as we have been taught, really made a lot of sense to me. All of my questions were answered and the holes were filled in. It was the connection of science and spirituality that made this book a little different than the others. Nothing I had read, had gone quite that deep before. I started to use The Master Key System and saw that opportunities were coming to me a lot more easily than in the past and I was able to keep them. In using these principles, I launched my first successful small business when I was well into my 40’s, as an equine massage therapist and at a time when I thought that I was going to be stuck working mindless admin jobs for the rest of my life. It was amazing how it brought me full circle into working with horses again. I have continued to use The Master Key Principles for every part of my life, both physically and mentally. I am a lifetime, work in progress student and a true believer of these wonderful methods.

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