I am not usually a person to make New Year’s resolutions, but for me the New Year is definitely a time of reflection on the past year and future.
Here are some big things that happened in 2013 that I’m especially thankful for:
- I’m thankful for a full studio of 35 students! It took 2.5 years to fill my schedule after moving to our current town.
- I’m thankful that my husband, Paul, finished his second Master’s degree in May and that he found a great job the following month. Hooray for financial stability and health insurance! It couldn’t have come at a better time because my health insurance under my parents also expired in June.
A few times this week, this article discussing the distinction between goal-setting and habit-setting came through my facebook newsfeed. The article suggests that success is found in creating a system or process for reaching goal, rather than in setting the goal itself. This may seem obvious, but sometimes we make the mistake of setting a goal without thinking about what it will really take to make the goal happen.
I’d like to go a step further and suggest that in order to increase the chances of success, the goal being set should be process-oriented.
Otherwise, it is a bit like being in love with the idea of playing piano versus being in love with actually playing the piano. Someone who envisions themselves enjoying piano playing daily is more likely to be successful than someone who envisions how cool it would be to be able to play the piano.
Another related thing to keep in mind: It is great when part of the goal is to enjoy the journey. Reaching benchmarks and destinations is then a bonus.
With that in mind, rather than sharing New Year’s resolutions, I’d like to share things I would like to enjoy in my life throughout 2014:
- I’d like to continue thinking and sharing through my blog at least a few times each week. I’d also like to create more resources that can be shared both for free and in my online Shop.
- As far as teaching goes, I’d like to do more actual teaching during lessons versus correcting. This distinction is a hallmark of the pedagogical approach of Mary Gae George and her Artistry at the Piano method. A few months ago, I purchased some of her materials including her “Teaching Music, Not Notes!” eBook and DVD course for teachers. It has been fun to work my way through her course. I highly recommend it! It is designed to help teachers be successful when using the introductory book of her method, but I think the course would be beneficial for teachers who use any method. So, how can we make more teaching happen during lessons versus correcting? Perhaps that is a topic of discussion for a future blog post.
- I’d like to continue making local MTNA chapter meetings and conference attendance a part of my life. And I’d like to continue researching and preparing presentations for piano teachers. (This morning, I received an email notifying me that my proposal for the 2014 OhioMTA conference was accepted! Woohoo!)
What are some things YOU would enjoy in your life throughout 2014?