I have been reading “Atomic Habits,” by James Clear, just in time for my annual routine of setting New Year’s resolutions.
Here are a few gems I found in the book, that are applicable to a musician:
*”The goal is not to learn an instrument, the goal is to become a musician.”
*”Small changes often appear to make no difference until you cross a critical threshold. The most powerful outcomes of any compounding process are delayed. You need to be patient.”
*”You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
*”Once our habits become automatic, we stop paying attention to what we are doing.”
*”The process of behavior change always starts with awareness. You need to be aware of your habits before you can change them.”
*”Habit formation is the process by which a behavior becomes progressively more automatic through repetition.”
*”The amount of time you have been performing a habit is not as important as the number of times you have performed it.”
To complement the principles I learned from “Atomic Habits,” I made a printable for young musicians to use for habit tracking. You can find it HERE.
Happy New Year and Happy New Habits to you!