Level Up: DELIBERATE PRACTICE
Do you find yourself practicing and practicing and feel like you aren’t making any REAL change to your voice? Is your practice reinforcing bad habits and tendencies? More practice isn’t always the answer. One of the biggest factors that changed the performing game for me years ago was upping my artistry game and using DELIBERATE PRACTICE as a guide.
Before I was even aware of the 5 tenets of Deliberate Practice I was implementing many of them into the way I approached my personal practice - and you may be doing that too!
What is Deliberate Practice? It is a practice that is “...purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.” James Clear
I encourage you to dive deeper into each of the following, but broken down Deliberate Practice breaks into 5 smaller tasks:
Know Your Current Limits (identify weaknesses)
Set Realistic and Specific Goals (check out S.M.A.R.T. goals!)
Push Beyond Your Comfort Zone (watch this video from 1:19 - 1:36)
Get The Feedback that You Need from a Professional (hi! hit me up!)
This requires effort, commitment, and a lot of self-reflection/honesty. But I assure you, seeing your growth and progress is quite satisfying and propels you to keep going! You will plateau, you will get stuck. When this happens, take a step back and reassess. Schedule your practice time weekly (20-30 mins a session is good) using my free trusty Practice Calendar!
I am here to help you with the feedback but would love to help you set your goals and identify the places you can focus on during your personal Deliberate Practice! Let’s talk about it during your next lesson!
PS: THIS VIDEO is another great bit of info that helps if visuals are a better way to learn.
Want more? Here are some Deliberate Practice Books I recommend:
Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
The Art of Learning by Joshua Waitzkin
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner
Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard