Little and often.

As I finish off my album I remember a little saying when I occasionally work as a physiotherapist.

Little and often.

When you mobilize a stiff joint after a fracture, the exercise prescription is a little and often. That is: small amounts of exercise at a higher frequency rather than one large bulk at the one time. Not many people know this as because our lives are so busy, we often try and fit everything into a small amount of free time. Binge drinking, binge holidaying and binge exercising.

When I am sculpting my song, due to the acclimatization of our ears to sound, it is better to do a little and often. One big session leaves me less able to make good mixing decisions. My ears become in essence fatigued and less sensitive to tiny changes that may be critical. It is essentially like an athlete becoming more fatigued towards the end of an event. One 2 hour session per day it is more beneficial than one 8 hour session on the weekend to avoid this effect.

This in essence gives you momentum. Even if your life is busy, like mine is, if you can fit the most important thing in (even if it brings you no money) with a little practise every day, you soon find those improvements add up.

You need to clearly define what you want to get better at. Ask yourself this. What is the one skill you dream of doing to mastery? Once you find the answer, this is your “little and often” skill.

If this means you have to get up a little earlier because you have a full day then you do that. Because it’s the best way to do things. Small little improvements every day really add up. With any skill you are attempting to master.

Once you activate this knowledge you can harness another important trait: Patience.

Because we can think about dreams a lot faster than they materialize, we often get quite anxious that what we are learning is not getting practically manifested.

Turn up, practise and you HAVE to get better. You are strengthening neural connections in your brain for the skill and your dexterity to perform the skill. But you have to be patient. Why?

Mozart did not write his most famous pieces of work until into his 20s. Considering his dedication to his music and as he started so early, that is nearly 20 years of practise. There are so many examples like this.

I am reading Steven Waugh’s biography at the moment. At the start of his career it was tough with limited success. But his persistence, practise and patience paid off. One of the best cricketers to play the game.

As long as you practise the art of doing. Without fail.. It will not happen overnight. But it will happen.

Cheers,
Elton.

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