Your Guitar Resolutions
Strategies to ensure you stick to your New Year guitar resolutions
Setting goals and starting new activities are often easy for most people. The real challenge is maintaining the latest actions to form positive habits that help you get where you want to be. Hopefully you have decided to make learning guitar a part of your New Year resolution. If so, we have some strategies that will help you stick to your goals.
Identify your goals and how you will get there
The goal is to be an excellent guitar player. Determine the best, realistic way to improve your skills based on your availability and finances. Be honest and realistic about your commitment.
Be clear about how guitar will fit into your real life
If you’re passionate about playing guitar, think of how to incorporate your practice into your life. Besides motivating you to stick to your timelines, it will help you focus and dedicate more time to practice.
Be specific about your goals
Once you have set your goals, the first step is to decide how long your practice sessions should be to improve your skills. Knowing which activities, you’d like to include in your guitar lessons and practice sessions, structure the time available to accommodate them.
Eliminate existing bad habits or incorporate new ideas
You may have the right mindset, but distractions are always tempting. When you get a challenge or feel frustrated, it’s easier to pick up your phone and scroll through social media. To avoid this, you can decide to leave your phone in a different room to help you regain focus. You may already be aware of your bad habits so decide to replace them with new ideas related to music.
Create a commitment structure
Once you determine what you need to do to achieve your goals, it’s time to make the commitment. Schedule regular practice sessions, starting from a specific day, get in touch with your accountability partner, or sign up for a class in advance.
Monitor your new habits
A great way to track your progress is getting a calendar for your practice space. After every session, mark it with a cool sticker or note it in your journal.
Get ready for setbacks
Setbacks are a part of life, and we all have them. If you are too tired one day to practice, what are you going to do? Don’t get discouraged just make up for it the next day. Perhaps waking up a few minutes early the next day to get a practice session in is the answer.
Committing to play the guitar is a big step. Once you are committed, staying on the path is the hardest part. Once you begin to master the guitar you will want to keep going so set your goals on that to keep yourself moving. Finding a great instructor to help keep you going and to hold you accountable is a great idea moving forward. A great guitar teacher will help you attain your goals by showing you how to get there.