100 Days of Practice!
It’s an exciting time to
On Monday (9/14/15) students are beginning the biggest challenge I have ever presented!!!
It’s going to be tough. It’s going to take discipline.
It will pay off in great ways:
- Students will notice a large improvement in their playing. Not only will they be more familiar and comfortable on their instrument, but they will be more confident because they will be playing better than ever before!
- Cool Prizes on Day 10, Day 25, Day 50, Day 75 & Day 100!
- An exclusive, amazing, Challenge Winners Only Party with pizza, cake, games, and fun galore!
- The priceless pride & joy that comes with completing a task and overcoming obstacles.
Let’s be real. Starting a new habit can be frustrating. It can be very hard to get started. Once you have begun, you can find it too difficult to keep going without losing interest and focus. We live in a world of instant gratification. You may not have much free time, or you might feel it’s just too difficult. You can waste time feeling bad about it, or we can sort out the problem in easy steps!
- Make a promise to practice for 100 days in a row. Look, you’ve already got the first step out of the way!!!
- Start as small as possible, with one small habit, perhaps 5 minutes of practice a day. Do this for a week or two and then increase to 10 minutes. Sticking to the 5 minute rule will help you beat procrastination. Only when your new habit is automatic can you add on the next layer of improvements.
- Pile on the motivation by announcing publicly that you are starting a lifetime habit, by practicing every day for 100 days. Tell your teachers, friends, family, colleagues. Post it on facebook and twitter (use the hashtags #100DaysofPractice & #LearnWithNat).
- Link practice to something that you do every day, such as immediately following the after school snack, after breakfast, between homework assignments, or during TV ads. Set a reminder on your phone. Write it in your calendar. The more closely you link your new habit after the trigger, the more beneficial it becomes. Delaying for a few minutes renders it useless. Do NOT delay!
- If you find yourself losing interest, simplify your schedule. Make the habit enjoyable with a nice environment, games, and rewards. If you get an overpowering feeling of sluggishness, breathe through it. It will go.
- If you have “no time,” observe the 5 minute rule.
- If it feels to difficult, make the tasks super easy. Focus on what is enjoyable, rather than how hard it is.
- Stay motivated by being accountable to our facebook group. Remember you’re not alone! Even Natalie is joining the challenge by practicing guitar every day! Post on social media (use the hashtags #100DaysofPractice & #LearnWithNat). You can post pictures and videos, and when you’re feeling like you don’t want to practice, visit the group for added motivation.
- Attend all your lessons. Don’t miss a lesson! You will receive valuable information to catapult even more fun practice sessions while improving all along the way!
- Most importantly: remember there will be days you don’t want to do it. PUSH through that for the satisfaction of crushing a goal and cultivating lifelong habits. Decide from the start that you will let NOTHING get in the way of your success!
All the tools you need are right in front of you. Run toward the finish line and know that all the hard work will pay off in fun, exciting, BIG ways!