Practice Hack: Overcoming The Resistance


There’s a way of motivating yourself to go running:

Instead of willing yourself to go, make it your goal to put on your running shoes and close the front door.

Put yourself into a situation where you feel compelled to act.

Initially, you have to convince yourself that the goal is the goal.

So even if all you do is literally put your running shoes on and get outside you’re done.

It’s making the HABIT that’s key to overcoming The Resistance

I used a similar approach for writing this series of lessons.

I would just write something in the book, an idea or topic.

And then I’d be committed to writing for the blog.

So, that lead me into thinking about what might be a good way to motivate yourself into practising.

I heard a good one from Nigel Price [who is a fantastic guitarist].

I think the gist of it was that he had a book of horrible things that people had said over the years, and one look at that would be a great motivation to work a little more!

So, dear reader, in the interests of helping us all out:

How do you motivate yourself to do some work?

Comments on Practice Hack: Overcoming The Resistance

  1. Michael De Souza says:

    Too true
    cheers for that!

  2. Mike Outram says:

    Thanks! The pentatonic thing is more of a cheat for guitarists, though :)

  3. Mike Outram says:

    Spot in, fella. Check out this from Merlin Mann:

  4. tony heiberg says:

    Caffine is my source of motivation. By the way, I’ve forwarded the Inner Urge EC to a few interested saxophonists. Cheers.

  5. Michael De Souza says:

    A while back, I decided to write down some motivational quotes and stick them all over my wall, such as:
    ‘When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses only results’
    ‘Those who believe they can do something are probably right – and so are those who believe they can’t.’


    I found having them there motivated me for a while but their effect eventually wore off. I thought about just finding some new quotes, but that wouldn’t do it in the long term. I think that month or so of increased motivation didn’t come from having the quotes on my wall, but it was more from the fact that I decided to motivate myself, it wouldn’t have really mattered what I did, as long as I cared enough to act.

    So I think motivation doesn’t necessarily come from external inspiration, but just asking yourself whether you care enough to act now.

    Although doing this every day takes a lot of discipline.

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