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As much as I love playing guitar and making music, there are times that I have to pick myself up to start practicing again.
Although playing guitar and making music is the expression of your inspiration, it is guitar practice that contains the foundation and building blocks to those expressions.
Once I start practicing again every sinew of my anatomy tells me this is good for me. I get excited all over again, the train is moving, skills are improving and guitar vocabulary is expanding!
Here are some things you do can do to make sure you follow through on that fulfilled practice session tomorrow:
Plan and remind
Set a time and place to practice. Choose a convenient time and a quiet place. Set the alarm on your cellphone and write it down on your calendar. Put post-it reminders on stuff in places where you spend most of your time.
Visualize your day the night before
Before you’re off to sleep think about how you see your day tomorrow. What will your day be like? How do you feel? How will you start your morning and spend the afternoon? How will you interact with people? What will and won’t you do?
How do you maintain your energy level throughout the day? When, where and how are you going to practice? How will you relax at the end of the day? Visualize everything clearly, vividly and full of inspiration. Thought visualization is one of the most powerful things to create the life you wish for.
Tell the folks
Tell your family and friends that you need some private time for your guitar practice and don’t want to be interrupt for 30 to 60 minutes. You will also feel accountable to the people you tell to follow through on your practice session. That’s a good thing!
Unclutter and clean up your house or space today so that you feel at ease and at peace tomorrow when it’s time to practice. A peaceful room is a peaceful mind.
Wake up early to work on two of the most important tasks you absolutely need to get done to create some piece of mind for the rest of the day.
Set up your guitar stand with the necessary music sheets, amp, guitars, capo, picks and everything else you need. So when you enter your practice space you can get down to business. Oh, don’t forget the tea or cappuccino maker!
Print out the necessary music sheets from the internet the day before and don’t use a laptop or iPad when practicing. An internet connection will most likely distract you from playing guitar and complete a fulfilled practice session.
Make sure your guitar workout consists of different elements to get the most out of your practice session and take your playing to a higher level.
Avoid the (un)expected
When you enter your practice space, turn off your cellphone and internet connections. Close the curtains of any windows and lock the door. Put a “do not disturb” sign on the door.
Learn to say no. If you run in to people during the day that who want to hang out later on tell them you have some important business to finish and love to meet some other time. Think of the payoff and fulfillment of guitar improvement and working on your dream.
Think about what you want to practice? What do you love to play? What do you really want to learn? What inspires and motivates you that makes you want to pick up your guitar and go for it? What guitar player, guitar teacher, singer songwriter or lesson material wants to make you improve yourself?
Let that be the drive to act. Think about it often!
“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?” ~ Buddha
Do you have any great tips to follow through, please share in the comments!
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