3 Simple Tips: How to keep your motivation when practicing

Maybe you’re dreaming about moving your music to new heights, to make playing music feel more like a natural part of your life, to be a natural part of you. Find out how with Tiny Habits…

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Tiny Habits can help you to crack the code and get you closer to music in your everyday life. Wanna know more? Read on!

Tiny Habits – what is it?

The Tiny Habits method was invented by BJ Fogg, researcher at Stanford University. Tiny Habits is about achieving development by making small behavioural changes in everyday life so it will be easy, manageable, and motivating.

To change behaviour can feel like a big deal and often we pressure ourselves into unrealistic expectations. This ‘go big or go home’ mentality is a recipe for self-doubt and disappointment but we can avoid this by practicing Tiny Habits – by doing what you want to become better at little by little.

It’s easier and faster to create a habit than you might think

1. Decide on a new habit you want to create and make it very tiny

If you want to read more books, reading just one sentence a day is progress and a step in the right direction to reach your goal. So begin there. The smaller the habit is, the easier it is to implement in your everyday life so it can begin to flourish.

2. Find a time where the habit can fit into your existing routine

Ask yourself: “What could this new habit come after?”. Choose something you’re already doing. Then you don’t have to reinvent your everyday life but just add a tiny habit where it suits. To say “I want to read more” can feel too abstract so instead you can think about your aim the following way:

After I _____ (insert existing habit), I want to _____ (insert new tiny habit)

For example: After I go to bed, I want to read one sentence of my book.

3. Pat yourself on the back!

After you have done the new tiny habit and used your existing routine to remind you, it’s really important you celebrate that you did it! It helps you to get the feeling of success.

Habits are not only created by repetition. When you do something new and it feels successful, it is registered in the brain as a positive experience. The brain will search for this positive experience again and over time the habit will become more automatic and easier to maintain.

Tiny Habits in Music

If you use some focused minutes many times during a week, the method can help you to move musical mountains.

If you want to become better at practicing your guitar, an example of a tiny habit could be: After I get home from work, I will hold my guitar.

Maybe it can seem a bit foolish to just sit with the guitar in your hands at first, but there is meaning in the madness. On days when you don’t feel like playing, this simple task is easily achieved and requires little effort. The purpose is to make it a habit to grab the guitar and get a successful experience by doing so.

If you succeed in making it a habit to grab the guitar when you get home from work, you can pat yourself on your back for that. Later on, you can create a new habit. For example: After I return from work, I will play my guitar for 2 minutes.

Now you’ve probably figured out where this is going. It’s about finding a road towards the goal you want to achieve by taking one step at a time. Before you know it you will have moved much further than you thought you would. There is only one person you can thank for this and that’s you!

… to promise yourself to play for 2 minutes each day after making coffee is something that does not require much of you. It is far more manageable than playing for an hour. And often 2 minutes becomes 15 minutes. Most important is to be consistent and not push yourself too hard.

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