1. Trust yourself and your body – Your body is much smarter than you give it credit for, trust that it knows what it’s doing.
2. Be nice and patient with yourself – We are our own worst enemies… our inner critic wants to control our thoughts, don’t allow it the time of day.
3. Think in the third person – Steps 1 & 2 will come more naturally if we think this way… OBSERVE what is really going on, take it for what it is and place no blame beyond that. Remember to observe both the “good” and the “bad”.
4. Failure is inevitable … it becomes positive when you grow and learn from it – You will fail, but that’s completely normal and good. The sooner you accept this and be okay with it, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits from this.
“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.” - John Wooden
5. Think LONG term, not SHORT term when it comes to growth and progress – We need a balance of short and long term goals, but when it comes to seeing true growth and progress we must expect to invest for the long term.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Book: “Outlier” – “10,000 hours to achieve mastery”
6. Be consistent & regular – For growth to occur we need to consistently do the right thing for our body to truly learn it. If you relearn the same thing multiple days in a row, don’t feel bad, that’s normal.
Jim Collin’s Book: “Great By Choice” – 20 Mile March Rule: Don’t do a lot one day, and a little the next (because you did lots the day before). Better to set a medium goal and do it EVERY day.
7. Relax, it’s only music – In the end, it’s only music. Relax and enjoy it… this leads to more consistency, personality and enjoyment. Don’t forget why you love music and the trumpet.
© Benje Daneman Music 2014