Stories. Fear. Guitar Practice.

Fear and anger shut down your ability to think logically. The emotional reactions to crisis physically happen in a different part of the brain as logical thought, judgement, and self-control.Guitar practice has always been difficult for me. I am bi-polar when it comes to self discipline. 

A lot of it has to do with fear: that I'm not good enough, that I am late to the game, that this is a frivolous waste of time. My blue collar instincts—which have served me well in many ways—are more interested in difficult and practical gainful employment. And so often, halfway through a practice session the demons start whispering. 

But I heard recently that while the anger and fear centers of the brain don't respond well to logical thoughts, they do respond to stories. So instead of white knuckling, I daydream for a couple of minutes about where I'd like to end up in vivid detail—as a person, as a musician, as a writer—and it puts a little more fuel back in the tank.