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Does anyone use any great motivation techniques?

Posted by lousymom on Monday, March 11, 2013

Alrighty. I got my temp banjo. I have some time. But, now I have been so stressed and tired that I sit next to my banjo or even hold it and don't play it as much as I would like to. I enjoy my banjo time. I'm not sure what's up with me. 

Does anyone do anything when they get to this point to get them back on track? Something that works? 

Thanks all. 

6 comments on “Does anyone use any great motivation techniques?”

Richard McVicker Says:
Monday, March 11, 2013 @3:11:26 PM

I learned a long time ago to only work on things that matter. I started to playing the Banjo when I was 45, and paid $50 a month for lessons. This was some thing I wanted to do so I set a goal to accomplish it. There is a lot of difference between a goal and a wish. Goals come true, wishes rarely do. My question would be, why are you playing the banjo. Was it a personal challenge or did you liked the instrument, attracted to the music associated with the instrument or what was the motivating reason to start? Yogi Berra said ?If you don?t know where your going you might just end up somewhere else?.
A lot of people start something but because they do not have a goal it soon fades. A goal must have five specific elements.

1, A specific target date some where in the future
2. It must be big.
3. It must be written down and you must tell others
what it is. It is other who will help you obtain the
goal. i.e. This happens when you get a
formal education, others hold you accountable,
provide financial support moral support as you go
through it and some times even a
place to stay. Think about what you have
experienced concerning your education.
4. It must be obtainable. ( I want to be heavy weight
champ of the world ) It ain?t gona happen.
5. You must be deeply disappointed if it doesn?t

Most people are not willing to give up the pleasures of life to accomplish what they really want. I have no formal education yet I ride a Unicycle own three banjos, I?m the holder of 8 United States Patents. and just celebrated my 50 wedding anniversary. My next goal in life is to reach age 86 and still be of sound mind and good health. To do that I must follow all the above, have good genes and trust the Lord for the rest. I know this is more than you wanted to know.
Best wishes

dickchowe Says:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @7:30:48 AM

I like the way you think Richard. For me, I use the banjo like kids use video games. Learning a new roll or song on a banjo is like getting a new toy for me. I play it over and over. Then I find something new to try.
I have a friend who is a beginner like me. Sometimes I think we are in competition to see who can learn the next thing.

Hope that helps Lousymom.

Texasbanjo Says:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @8:05:50 AM

Try learning a new song that you've wanted to try. That usually gets me back in the "want to pick" mode.

lousymom Says:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @9:07:53 AM

Great suggestion! Thanks! I think that's what I have been missing since the fire. I lost my tabs and so my whole plan for where I was going and what I was learning was out the window. RedStar on here just sent me a bunch of new tabs. I will make a new plan for what I'm going to learn by when and I'm guessing you're right, that'll do the trick.

I didn't really think about how that would affect my desire to practice, but you're right. As I think about it. As I was moving through the tabs I had at the house, I had little goals for when I would learn them and it kept me going.

RedStar Says:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @1:45:14 PM

Shelly, if you lookup in the archive and listen to some songs (tabledit/midi) you can at least pick out some of those tunes you may want to work on first.

There's some good ones in there...and some harder ones.

We'll get you back on track!

lousymom Says:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @1:49:59 PM

Thanks so much!

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