Welcome to day #1 of the SmartMusic 21 Day Challenge. For your first challenge, you won’t even need to use SmartMusic! Today you’re going to write a Zander Letter, named after music educator, Benjamin Zander, who is famous for beginning each new class with this first lesson:
- Take out a sheet of paper or start a new Word document
- Date it 1 month into the future
- Title it “I succeeded in this challenge because…”
In the letter, tell yourself why you’re doing the SmartMusic 21 Day Challenge. Describe some of the rewards that come with completing the challenge. Most importantly, describe some of the barriers that you’re going to face along the way. Tell yourself how you’re going to find the time each day to complete the daily challenge. What are you going to do when you feel yourself getting frustrated, distracted, un-motivated, pressed for time?
Your letter can be long or short. There is no length limit.
Daydreaming about reaching your goals is important, but so is facing the work that’s required. We at SmartMusic know you love music, and that you love playing your instrument. We also appreciate your hard work and dedication. So today’s challenge is simply to write a Zander letter in preparation for the month ahead.
We look forward to hearing about your next 21 days on Twitter (use #SM21Day).