The Musician's Guide to New Year's Resolutions

Resolutions are all fun and games until we actually need to implement them into our every day lifestyles. As musicians, what is the very best way to maximize that which we want to come to fruition in 2022 so that we can live the lives that we dream to live in reality?

Before we figure out how, we must figure out what. This is not the time to be shy with your big dreams. This is the time to be honest with yourself and what you truly want your life to look like and become. Have fun with your visions! Shoot for the moon with what you really want and what will truly feel like heaven on earth for you! Once you get real about being honest, then we can break it down into smaller pieces and assess how you can actually achieve it.

Is your incredibly heavy, but exciting dream adventure made up of playing The Hollywood Bowl, sessions in studio with legends you’ve looked up to your whole life or perhaps just getting a little better at playing staccato vigilantly and intently yet not heavy-handedly on your piano? Whether you’re got seemingly hard to reach goals or things that can surely be worked into your daily schedule, you’ve got to break them down into the smallest formats in order to truly be able to take them consistently under your wing and adopt them as a permanent way of life that actually sticks.

 

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So, once we take the time to figure out what resolutions we truly want to get behind, how do we weave them into our lifestyle choices hour to hour throughout every day of the rest of our lives? First things first, just like strategizing for most scenarios, it's always best to start small. This is especially true when we are attempting to incorporate daily habits that are less than easy. When we have big intentions and we're looking to make big changes in our lives, What is the science behind creating a daily habit anyway? “The process of building a habit can be divided into four simple steps: cue, craving, response, and reward. Breaking it down into these fundamental parts can help us understand what a habit is, how it works, and how to improve it.” as James Clear informs us.

Perhaps practicing more is just how simple you’d like to keep it. We highly recommend getting a large, physical calendar that you can mark off. Buy a fun colored pen or marker that will make keeping track more enjoyable every day. Keep this calendar somewhere other than your bedroom, as it ma disrupt your sound sleep and become too overwhelming and then tossed aside. The idea is to keep these tiny promises to yourself as simple as possible so that you’re able to adopt these habits in a manner in which you wake up one day impressed with yourself that you’ve actually stuck to your resolutions, as many of us typically let them fall by the wayside due to a myriad of reasons. Keep it simple and if you fall off the beaten path, just get back on it. Every day is a new day to be the you that you wish to be.