Essential Secrets 68: Practice Today
Why Today Is All That Really Matters
This secret is a variation of the first strategy in this book, “Practice Every Day.” And, it’s a very important variation. Here’s why:
Even though musicians know they'll benefit from daily practicing, very few people actually do it. There are many reasons for not practicing every day. People are busy. (Of course you’re busy. That’s why you’re reading this book.) Getting a practice session started can be difficult—even though you could complete your ten minutes for today in the time you’re worrying about whether you can practice. And, some days, you’re nowhere near your bass.
There are also subtle, psychological barriers that stop many people from practicing daily. First, many bass players focus on “practicing” instead of “playing” their bass, and “practicing” doesn’t excite them. Second, the thought of practicing every day for the rest of your life is simply too much to think about. It’s like a long road fading into the distance— with no set destination.
To overcome these mental barriers, focus on practicing today only. Don’t think about tomorrow. Don’t worry about your progress. Your only responsibility is to play your bass today.
That’s all your responsibility ever is! Why? Well, without getting too philosophical about it, today is the only time you ever have. After all, tomorrow doesn’t really exist—it’s just a concept in your mind. When tomorrow arrives, it becomes today.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make long-term plans and goals. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dream of a better future. But, it absolutely does mean that to carry out those goals and plans so that your dreams come true, you have to play your bass today.
Here’s what you should do: Go to your practice room right now. Then, practice for ten minutes. It’s easier than you think.
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