I’m going to be honest here. New year resolutions kind of annoy me. I don’t think we need to wait for a new year to make good changes in our lives, and most people don’t stick to it anyway. If we want to change, change NOW! Anyways, with that said…
I have one thing that I want to improve upon in 2013 (holy cow…still can’t believe that)…and that is my practice habits. I want to practice more, and more consistently. I’m coming off a two week hiatus of playing, so my goal is to slowly work up to 20 hours per week. That’s a heck of a lot more than I was doing before! If I don’t practice on the weekends, that’s four hours a day! Right now, I get maybe 10 hours a week on a good week. I figure if I want my career to be what I want, I really need to put in the time in the practice room.
I think I’m still in that mentality that I was when I worked all day and only had a small window of time to get my practicing done. The other day I was thinking about the time when I was auditioning for orchestras and bands and competing against people who were probably practicing 4-6 hours per day. I then thought, there’s absolutely no reason that I can’t do that now! That’s what I’m paid to do anyway! I used to do that while in school, so I know I can do it. I’m going to work at getting back into that mentality the next couple months.
It will be hard, but I know I can make it happen!