Change the outcome of your week with great intentions

deliberatepractice happypracticing intentionalpractice Sep 19, 2022

Monday Standup!  

What’s your intention for your practice this week?

 In The Practice Room, each week we have a Standup to set our intentions and set up the week. This helps us frame our practice to be goal-oriented, and keep us moving towards our dreams.  

Think about the difference between going grocery shopping with a menu vs going shopping randomly. You need food, but which one is more likely to nourish you? Nom nom!  

So. Take a minute and in your SPARK Practice Journal, or just a notebook, write down your big intention for the week.  

The possibilities are endless and they are only there to gently support you.

Tips for great intentions?  

  •  + Use 1st-person Singular “I” statements  
  • + Positive framing (no negs/double negatives)  
  • + Stretch with the right degree of difficulty (sustainable maximum progress is measured at about 73% outside the comfort zone - so use your SMART goals and stretch a bit, but not too much.

With practice - and depending on the rest of your schedule - you’ll see what’s a reasonable and exciting push forward for you.)  

Examples :  

  • + I feel relaxed moving through the upper register of my scales  
  • + I feel the groove and understand the rhythmic form of my piece _____  
  • + I love to sight read along with a recording of my favorite quartet / symphony / etc.  
  • + I have an opinion about the phrasing in the development of _____  

Here we go! All set? Happy practicing! 🚀  

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