This is an ongoing process that I’d like to share. This information is loosely based on an article written by Eric Johnson and a wonderful WordPress authored by Nicole Rogers titled “keeping fit and healthy for playing guitar.”
1) Attitude is everything! If you desire
something attract it with what’s positive within yourself. This in turn will bring great things of inspiration surrounding your life with a bounty of creativity. Avoid the mundane and the negative that serves nothing but a tainted ego spewing out cryptic negativity that will begot more negativity. Break the cycle, breath in the air and love the process. Feeling like the inside of a garbage can within yourself? Write about it! (see entry 3) the catharsis can be positively museful in charging not only your art but good for the inner spirituality that lies inside true artists.
2) Be Resilient
Don’t let situations, in your practice regimen specifically if you’re a musician keep you away from being the best you can be. Being tough, thick-skinned and acute in trying situations will only serve you in a positive light. You and no one else are the master of your reality, use that truth to empower yourself in the woodshed.
I have journaled since my freshman year of high School. I business, personal and Music Journal as often as twice a day and as little as twice a week. This keeps ideas in the forefront of your conscious mind focusing on your goals instead of what you watched on the tele last evening. Journaling also serves as an excellent resource to recall ideas and clarify information that may be months and even years since you last vested time toward it. If you’re an OS X user as I am Day One is a magnificent piece of software that aslo is available with an iOS app that shares entries.
Take the time to be optimistic. You control the thoughts in your mind, take the garbage out when it piles up. If you struggle in this area it can take time at first, but it becomes less work as you clean the messes up one by one. It is possible to maintain positive thought through your whole creative process, it just takes work.
5) Enjoy the process
Enjoy the process of creating rather it be work or play. If you don’t enjoy the process you need to “change it up.” Do whatever it takes to enjoy your time creating art. Art stimulates the nervous system which in turn can have the effect of energy but also focus. Be the part of the process you enjoy!
Being of the “Thick” persuasion myself I’ve found exercise even if only on a treadmill will make a difference between my elbow and fingertips in a big way. As I’ve previously written I turned a corner a while back after reading an article written by Eric Johnson about his exercise regimen based solely around his performance capabilities after the age of 40. I’ve been on an exercise schedule for over a year which has improved my stamina as a player 100% not to mention the almost 60 lbs I’ve taken off and I feel great! I’m completely warmed up in less than 40 minutes and at a happy medium in 25 which is really important to me. I don’t have much patience for warming up or changing strings, I like to make both as quick as possible.
I know this may sound silly but sleep well and with a window open if possible. Getting enough sleep daily helps you stay healthy and puts 02 into our bodies in abundance. For myself it has helped me keep a tighter schedule throughout the day and evening requiring less effort to carry out goals and have fun!
8) Act, don’t react. The distinct difference between Homo sapiens and the rest of the animal kingdom is the brilliant ability to act and not react… well most of us anyway. If you react you’re disempowering yourself giving away your mojo to a situation not warranting your time nor bandwidth. Acting on the other hand is thought out and balanced, wastes less time and keeps your goals, drive and desire in perspective. If you react to a bad performance instead of act the outcome will be profoundly different.
If you can’t laugh at yourself you’re missing out on some funny shite! I do this thing that always makes me laugh, I’ll repeat a mistake in the same spot in the very next phrase when improvising. It makes me laugh! I don’t know why for sure but I suspect it’s my id body slamming my supper-ego. Laughing also releases the proper mood enhancing peptides that elevate your physical body which is a plus for any ambidextrous physical activity. You can actually force yourself to laugh even if you’re not jovial and still reap the benefits of the chemicals being released into you body with Laughing Yoga exercises. This Yogi is to funny not to laugh at or with!