When I first started adding drum therapy techniques to tutoring sessions (back when I did tutoring), I had no idea how many things it could help with. Besides helping my students gain instant clarity and focus, I discovered I that it could also help them hit their goals.
I began using it in private sessions with ADHD coaching clients and with female entrepreneurs who were stuck. It was not only very effective, it was a great release and loads of fun. In order to move forward, they learned that they needed to make some adjustments in their lives.
What do you need to adjust?
Many people are good at setting goals. Not many actually complete them, however. I believe there are three main things that are lacking:
1) A strategy
2) A system
Whenever I work with both kids and adults, something always needs to be adjusted if they’re going to make progress. It’s different for every person. Sometimes their stumbling blocks are obvious and sometimes it takes some deeper work to produce a mindset shift.
Getting clear about your goals
For lessons, the goal for most students is to play drums really well. Drum therapy clients want to see positive changes. However, if you don’t commit to show up and do the work, that won’t happen. It’s no different than working out or trying to lose weight.
It helps to:
1) Picture what you want. Be as clear as possible.
2) Be willing to take the steps to get there. It doesn’t matter if they’re baby steps.
3) Be consistent.
4) Set up a schedule- and stick to it. I use Google calendar for all my tasks and I set reminders. This includes personal stuff as well.
5) Set a deadline. “Someday” doesn’t work.
6) Make your goals non-negotiable. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way to do it.
How drum therapy helps to “clear the clutter”
The best thing I’ve found to boost clarity and confidence, as well as boosting your mindset is drum therapy. I’ve seen people gain clarity after just one session. Yes, there’s science behind this. It has to do with brain integration and boosting your neurons. You also can’t focus on anything else while you’re drumming.
I have a new client who was so excited after her first session! She said she became totally clear and organized. Some people actually clean out their closets after their first session. Others have ideas for programs or projects, whereas they were totally stuck before. We just woke up that organized, left side of the brain.
Here’s a quick video with a fun exercise that you can try (even if you don’t have a drum):
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Ladies, if you’d like to try group coaching, I have a new, 12-week virtual program starting soon that involves both coaching and some drum therapy. It’s called Rise Up and Rock! Hop on over to this page to find out more.
Dori Staehle, MBA is from the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist, percussionist, mentor, ADHD specialist, Toca percussion artist, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. Dori loves to share the joy and healing power of drumming! She also empowers teens and women to use their gifts. Dori is also an inspirational speaker and author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. She will soon be releasing her second book, which is about rising up and activating your purpose. Dori is able to work virtually with individuals and groups all over the world.