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You are busy, you’re making late hours, you’re weekends are full, and you’re just too tired. The moment you finally can sit down to relax, it’s hard to pick up the guitar. You really love playing, but at the end of the day you’re worn out.
Feeling tired after a hard days work is a reality, no doubt about it, but somewhere in that tired feeling there is also a part of the story you are telling yourself. Often when we feel too tired to do something and we do it anyway the story and the feeling disappears.
Especially when you start doing something that will make you feel better when you do it like exercise or playing guitar.
So, along with this knowledge you also need a trigger that makes you want to pick up your guitar.
Again, it all has to do with the story you tell yourself.
The moment you come home from work and sit down, start to be aware of your thoughts and the inevitable excuses your mind is going to make up to escape practicing.
Stop those thoughts immediately! They are just lazy thoughts, banish ‘m.
It could also be that you aren’t thinking about practicing at all, because of everything else in your life that comes first, like making dinner, errands, kids, homework, temptations and distractions.
So you got to negotiate with your family some fixed times to practice each week in a quiet space somewhere in the house where you won’t be disturbed.
You also got to set up reminders in your phone and on calendars when it’s time to practice so that you can’t forget.
Now those excuses are out of the way, it’s only a matter of telling yourself the right story when you’re really not feeling it.
You are probably telling yourself things like “I don’t have the time or energy to practice for half an hour, or an hour or whatever”, “I really first need to do this or that”, I will practice tomorrow, I promise”.
But what if instead you’d tell yourself “I will practice for only 5 minutes”. Yes I said 5 minutes, and 5 minutes only. Everyone can practice for 5 minutes. 5 minutes is like nothing. It’s like almost zero. Set a timer if it helps.
The point is, 5 minutes is all you need to get started. Once you get started everything changes. Your story changes, your feeling changes and you start getting excited and fuelled without even realizing it. You will totally forget the time and practice even more than 5 minutes. You will probably also turn off your timer and continue playing, because you’re not ready to stop yet.
The thing is, you don’t have to practice more than 5 minutes but you probably will, because it’s not about being too tired, or not wanting, or not being excited. It’s the “tired” story that needs to change and all you need to do is to start playing. The 5 minutes is the only thing you need to be on your way.
And 5 minutes (or more) a day is a lot better than “maybe” an hour tomorrow or the day after. 5 minutes accumulates. It adds up and you getter better and better.
The next step is to prepare what you want to practice, so when you start you will be super productive and improve when it all adds up.
Even, if only for 5 minutes.
Now don’t think, just start!
…and you’ll feel a lot better.
Yes, I mean now, at this very moment.