2013 is slowly fading away. I don’t know about you, but for me it was the shortest year ever. I can clearly remember how I was creating New Year’s resolution for 2013 last December. It seems as if it was yesterday. Every year time flies faster.
Anyway, it was a very good year for me. I have accomplished some great successes in music: debut album release, lots of concerts played, many hours spent practicing guitar and creating music and hundreds of hours spent teaching guitar. I cannot be more happy.
But there were also things that didn’t go so well and there are many areas ready for improvement. I will be work in progress forever.
I have lots of ambitious plans for 2014. I’ve been thinking a lot about my past victories and failures, I’ve been deeply studying lessons that life taught me this year. One thing I’ve learned is that I am much more successful with my goals, if I don’t talk about them. Derek Sivers talks about it in this video.
So instead of talking, I want to be doing and let my actions talk for me. Everybody can talk, but not everybody is willing to take responsibility for his or her life and do the work. This year I will try to become the doer.
With that said, I have a little challenge for you and also for myself.
Kickstart your guitar playing
Instead of creating magnificent plans for 2014, let’s try something different this year.
I declare January 2014 to be “No-Excuses month”.
No more talking how busy you are or how things can’t be done. Enough is enough, let’s do some work here.
Here is what I want you to do:
I want you to practice your guitar every day in January, 31 days in a row. No days off. Let’s see how serious about your guitar playing you really are. I don’t care if your guitar practice schedule is well structured or if you don’t have a clue what a practice schedule is. I just want you to get into the habit of practicing everyday.
Also set up a daily minimum time for your guitar practice – for example 1 hour. Make it reasonable so you can stick with it for the whole month, but make sure it is challenging for you.
My daily minimum is 2 hours. I know that some days this target will be easy to hit, but I am also pretty sure that some days it will be tough because of all the other stuff that I want and have to do.
I want to inspire you but I also want to lead by example.
If you are ready for this challenge, let me know in the comments. Also please specify what is your daily minimum.
I don’t mind doing this challenge by myself, but it would be much more fun if there is bunch of people doing it with me. Accountability is a great motivation booster.
Here’s to the best year ever.
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