The above is one of my favourite Jim Rohn-isms. (Jim Rohn was a well regarded American speaker, search for him on youtube!)
That sentiment was in my mind this week as I had the privilege of sending out about 600 copies of my Relaxation techniques E-book to teachers across the UK and beyond. Thank you to everyone that expressed an interest and good luck!
I remember a year 9 drum kit student I taught a few years ago. You’ll probably recognise this kind of story in some of your own students if you’re a teacher. He was extremely bright, played several other instruments, but he had a really limiting attitude / belief that it was enough just to intellectually understand something, so he didn’t practice. He’d stop once he’d figured out how it worked. He never ingrained good practice habits. Its not enough to do that. As we all know, you have to do the ritual, the habit, the activity…
… IF you want the benefit… and you do want the benefit.
Taking 5 minutes at the start of our day, to relax and put ourselves in the state of mind where we are at our most resourceful is easy to do. It’s also easy not to do it.
I really hope as many people as possible will take the time not just to read the ideas and methods in the book but to pick one and do it, and do the same tomorrow…
P.S. Here are some blogs I’ve written about developing habits, and the importance of feeling ok, and why I think you should start any activity with the feeling you want at the end!