The Four P’s Of Practicing

Practice is both a verb, to practice a skill (a musical instrument, for example), and a noun, a life-practice (such as Yoga, Meditation, Music, etc.) that reinforces positive Life Rhythms… beneficial patterns of Attitude and Action.  We reinforce both through repetition.  Of course, we want to make sure that we’re repeating the things we want to get good at!

Here are four fundamental elements to build into our life-practices, and into our practicing, to make sure we are reinforcing our positive Life Rhythms… as individuals, and as groups:

1) Purpose:  Have a clear vision of what you want to do.  What are your short-, mid-, and long-term goals?

2) Plan:  Create a routine of specific actions.  Set regular days and times to engage in the activity, and know what you will do during each session.  Your practice will become a regular part of your life, and something to look forward to!

3) Persevere:  Keep to your Purpose and to your Plan.  Every time we break a routine, it becomes easier to break it again, and to feel that we are unreliable… which makes it easier to break it again.  Every time we stay with a productive routine, we reinforce a sense that we are dependable; this makes us want to live up to our dependable nature and engage in the activity again and again!

4) Play:  Have fun… We call it “playing music” for a reason!  Make any and all Practice time into Play time.  As children, we learn by playing.  As adults, we often forget to play because we now have responsibilities, and can feel that playing is wasting time.  Keep playing to keep learning! When we are reinforcing skills, or learning knew ones, we know that we are “practicing”, but when we approach each session with an attitude of, “I’m going to play now”, we create a feeling of eager anticipation. This then reinforces a positive attitude that carries over when when play, at anything, in public or with friends.  For example, I start every day by breathing deeply several times, giving thanks for all of my many Blessings, and telling myself, “I get to PLAY today!”.  This is especially important when I know that some of my day will be spent “playing” in my office to get gigs so I can PLAY for, and with, other people!

Now go play… at something… anything!


Jim-GreinerHello Visitors,

Welcome to my Hands-On! Drumming® Corporate Events and Community Drumming Blog!

Why Drumming For Corporate Team Building And Conference Ice Breaking?

Purpose-driven Group Drumming has been used by people worldwide for thousands of years to:

-energize and focus group members
-release stress
-reinforce community bonds
-celebrate important events

My corporate team building programs have been so successful because I actively engage the group members in the real-world experience of working together as a team by playing individual rhythmic parts that fit together to create the complete group rhythm… the Group Groove!

This is the same process by which members of groups worldwide build thriving communities when they contribute their individual skills, talents and personalities to shared goals and to shared values.  My work is dedicated to helping people from all walks of life build the fundamental skills needed to literally synchronize their rhythms to create powerful group rhythms that lead to success!

In addition, I work with my clients to customize my corporate programs to serve your goals and to reinforce your themes and values.  In this way, the drumming experience becomes a powerful and uplifting vehicle for bringing immediate and enduring solutions to the challenges facing each unique group of people.

I’ve built my programs around my four decades of drumming, percussion teaching, rhythmic adventure travels and work with clients throughout the world. This includes two years in Africa where I was profoundly moved by the way people used drumming to literally create personal and community rhythms that combine to create and reinforce thriving communities.

My Corporate Drumming Blog will cover various elements of my work with corporate groups and conferences, including real-world principles and actual case studies.  (I always receive permission from those of my clients whose names and organizations I include).

Please feel free to contact me with your comments, questions and suggestions!

All the best,

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