5 Ways To A New Habit

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by Jake Hahn | Uncategorized


1. Time

2. Location

3. Preceding Event

4. Emotional State

5. Other People

In order to advance our skills in any way - in any chosen art form - we absolutely, without a doubt, MUST visit the desired skill DAILY.

Let's cover a way that you can put these triggers to use in YOUR life so that you form the HABIT of exploring your art on a daily basis without fail - leading you to progress!

Time: Make the choice to practice your guitar for 10min at 8PM every single night. Set an alarm reminder if needed.

Location: Leave your instrument out of its case where you can see it. Every time you enter that particular room in your home...pick it up and practice for 10min. Remember - out of sight - out of mind.

Preceding Event: Let's say that every evening when you finish dinner - you grab your instrument, and...practice for 10 min! Or maybe after you brush your teeth and get ready for bed..?

Emotional State: The emotional states of depression or boredom are triggers for negative habits - like "overeating", "watching too much TV", "smoking" etc...In this case you can learn to reprogram whatever these negative habits are for you by replacing them with some quality musical exploration. This one can be kinda tricky, because emotions are subconscious and awareness is conscious - so you'll have to keep an eye on your emotional state to utilize this one.

Other People: the best way to make use of this information is to surround yourself with people who have the habits you want to have yourself. As Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Seek out other musicians - find a good coach - get a family member or friend to join you in lessons. Skype with other musicians around the world via websites like bandhub.com.

The bottom line is this - if you want to get better you HAVE to schedule the time to make it happen. There's no way around this. At the end of the day we have either 1 of 2 things... RESULTS or EXCUSES

Don't get caught up in the big picture goal...just focus on forming your positive daily habit.


*concept and framing based on "triggering our behavior" in social psychology.