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The Power of Habit - Your Secret Weapon to Reaching Goals (and Keeping Resolutions)

Habits are powerful - anyone who has found themselves absentmindedly driving to work when they actually intended to go to the mall can testify to that. If you can harness that magnetic pull and apply it toward positive change, though, you've got a pretty great secret weapon. That's what Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg demonstrated in his hit book, "The Power of Habit."

In his blog, Charles shared the tricks to creating powerful habits and resolutions, with two key components: a cue and a reward. The cue (perhaps leaving your sneakers by the front door to remind you to hit the gym that morning) nudges you into action, and the reward (maybe an episode of your favorite show) motivates you. For music students, this same approach can be applied to practicing: the cue could be as simple as finishing up dinner, and the reward could be wrapping up the session with your favorite MW music game, or putting a sticker on your homework journal. This cue and reward system is actually a neurological process that leads to the formation of habits, and Charles has even spelled it out in a fun flowchart.

So, don't give up on that resolution quite yet! Try unleashing the secret weapon - habit. And while you're at it, encourage the family musician to do the same.

About Meridee Winters:

Meridee Winters is a professional educator, musician, author and director/owner of a successful Philadelphia area music school. 

Meridee began her journey as an educator teaching elementary students in a Florida public school, where she discovered the curriculum and school system left little room for divergence and creativity. She made the bold decision to leave and attend graduate school to study Music Composition, eventually starting her own private music school.

Today, that school has spent two decades introducing thousands of students to not just music, but to Meridee’s trailblazing method that encourages creativity, play and higher-level thinking with each lesson. 

As a composer and professional musician, Meridee has instructed at all levels ­– from professional recording artists working on albums to computer music classes in the recording studio, and from young beginners taking their first steps on their musical path to intermediate students writing their first songs. 

Meridee is a dedicated advocate of creative intelligence whose foremost passion is empowering creative and authentic self-expression in each individual. She now spends her time developing new materials and books to nurture these. She does her work as an author, as well as director of the school, from her home in Delaware County, PA. 

© 2016 Meridee Winters. All Rights Reserved.

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