Mondays are usually not the most favorite day of the week!
We have to change gears and get into production mode for the next 5+ days, and they can be a little torturous if you've just gotten back from Holiday, or are in a bit of a rut with work and other obligations.
Mondays are great for one thing though: Getting Motivated!
Staying motivated for our everyday lives and demands can be an overload at times, and extending any enthusiasm to achieving our dreams of playing the piano just can seem way out of reach when we're lacking motivation.
This isn't meant to sound all "gloom & doom", but it is a reality of just being human and living our everyday lives. There are times when we all need motivation to keep working towards achieving our goals.
So How Can We Become and Stay Motivated in our Piano Playing?
Learning different methods for boosting your motivation starts with knowing specific actions that you can take. There are easy things that you can do, to increase your motivation and drive.
1) Get rid of negativity!
Just kick it out of your thoughts. Realize that you don't have to engage with every thought you have. If you take more of an "observer" type of role when it comes to negative thoughts, they can pass by without having any effect on you. Have you ever watched how a Pelican flies over the water, observing...and then only dives in when she sees something that she needs, as in food? We can do the same with our thoughts and emotions. Just fly over them or observe them, until you see something you need. Dive in and grab it, and then come back out of the water.
2) Embrace Today!
The time is now...today...this moment. Set your intention on doing physical actions that will manifest your dreams, today. In other words, "get out of your head and into your feet". Don't just think about it, do it.
If you've always wanted to play the piano but never were able to for some reason, take physical steps towards achieving that goal today and in the next few days.
Some suggestions are:
Motivation is from the Latin word "movere", which means to move, energize or activate.
3) Set Small Goals
Accomplishing small goals each day or each week will get you much closer to reaching your goals than if you try to do too much in one day.
* Don't set out to practice for hours each day. Even 15 minutes can accomplish a lot, especially when you do that each day.
* Learn the basics one at a time. Don't try to learn note reading, counting, rhythm, theory, and improvisation at one time. Work on one area at a time, and then add in another area when you can, comfortably.
* Go slowly. You didn't run when you first learned to walk as a baby. Play everything that you learn slowly in the beginning, and then speed things later on.
4) Commitment is the bridge between your dreams and your success at manifesting them.
Commitment starts internally, and then manifests through your physical actions. Dreaming is only 1/2 of the equation and dreams don't become reality without a determined commitment to physically doing what it takes, to manifest those dreams.
* This means practice even if you can only get in 5 minutes.
* This means that you don't listen to any thoughts that don't support your goals.
* This means that you set up a workable plan to achieve your goals that will give you small successes each week.
* This may mean that you have to sacrifice something else in order to achieve a specific goal. There is always a pay-off for whatever we do. The key, is figuring out what the pay-off will be ahead of time, and measuring it's effectiveness at manifesting our dreams.
5) Reach Out!
Don't go it alone...reach out to others to get support, inspiration, and comradery!
This is so important for all of us, even the most independent ones!
We will often receive inspiration which leads to motivation when we connect with others that are experiencing the same challenges we are, say with a certain piece, or a difficult chord progression.
* Take advantage of any classes and teaching videos that you can find online, especially live classes where you can talk with a teacher and other piano students.
* Find other musicians in your area at your level of playing and get together with them for mutual support and encouragement.
* Go listen to some other piano players when they perform and take advantage of YouTube as it contains thousands of videos of different types of piano players and all different types of music.
So many times I think that we view applying ourselves in a work-way towards something, that we are taking away from our free time and that it won't add something to our lives. In fact, the opposite is true...the more we physically apply ourselves towards manifesting our goals- even if it feels like work - we're adding to our lives in numerous ways...not taking away anything.
If you're dream is to play the piano, then you are in the right place!
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