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The Art of Change

Lee John Blackmore

26 Jun 2024


The art of change

I guess anything could be an art-form if you focused on it hard enough. 

Change often comes from a need or to adapt to internal or external environmental shift. 

So change is inevitable, even the most stubborn will change eventually, perhaps reluctantly. Yes it’s sometimes annoying but extremely necessary, without it things will ultimately become dull and stagnant. 

I’m not just talking from a musician’s point of view but generally, whatever we do in life there will always be ups and downs, it’s just how we cope or learn to handle the so called ‘bumps in the road’. 


As for me, I try to embrace change as much as possible, I have recognised the positives that come from it. I haven’t always had that attitude but over the years life has slowly hammered it into to me. That’s not to say I don’t get fed up with change, oh believe me just like everyone else I get weary of the constant learning, adapting and transition.

So where am going with this? 

Well, I once read to be a teacher you must never stop being a student, and of course this is true. Even if I wasn’t a teacher, my thirst for knowledge never falters and my interests stretch far beyond music. 

But constantly pushing myself, striving for the next thing, adapting, creating, moving, living, eat, sleep, repeat etc etc! sometimes becomes overwhelming, it sets me off balance and when the spinning plates start to fall I realise I’m starting to feel the burnout.  

No matter what you do or what you’re working towards, you’re bound to stumble upon obstacles you must first overcome to move forward.

So I’ve made a list 10 ten points, you’ve probably worked out by now I’m fond of a list or two and I like to think you could apply this to pretty much anything, guitar learning, work, life projects get the idea.     

Balancing change and avoiding burnout requires a strategic approach that emphasises well-being, resilience, and efficient management of transitions. Here are ten steps to master the art of change while maintaining balance:

1. Set Clear Goals

  • Define Purpose: Clearly outline your objectives and the reasons behind the change.

  • SMART Goals: Ensure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

2. Prioritise Self-Care

  • Physical Health: Maintain a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep.

  • Mental Health: Engage in activities that promote relaxation, such as meditation, hobbies, or spending time in nature.

3. Build a Support System

  • Professional Network: Seek guidance and feedback from mentors, colleagues, or coaches.

  • Personal Network: Rely on family and friends for emotional support.

4. Develop Resilience

  • Adaptability: Cultivate the ability to adjust quickly to new situations.

  • Positive Outlook: Focus on opportunities and solutions rather than problems.

5. Time Management

  • Prioritise Tasks: Identify urgent and important tasks and focus on them first.

  • Schedule Breaks: Regularly take short breaks to rest and recharge.

6. Continuous Learning

  • Stay Informed: Keep up with new developments and skills relevant to your field.

  • Seek Feedback: Use feedback as a tool for growth and improvement.

7. Mindfulness Practices

  • Mindful Meditation: Practice mindfulness to stay present and reduce stress.

  • Gratitude Journal: Regularly note down things you are grateful for to maintain a positive mindset.

8. Limit Overcommitment

  • Set Boundaries: Learn to say no to additional responsibilities that could lead to overload.

  • Delegate Tasks: Share tasks with others when possible to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

9. Monitor Progress and Adjust

  • Regular Check-ins: Frequently assess your progress towards your goals.

  • Flexibility: Be prepared to adjust your plans as needed based on what’s working and what isn’t.

10. Celebrate Successes

  • Acknowledge Achievements: Take time to celebrate small and big wins.

  • Reward Yourself: Give yourself rewards for reaching milestones to stay motivated.


Mastering the art of change while avoiding burnout involves a combination of strategic goal setting, self-care, building support systems, resilience, effective time management, continuous learning, mindfulness, setting boundaries, regular progress monitoring, and celebrating successes. By following these steps, you can navigate change smoothly and maintain a balanced, healthy approach to personal and professional growth.


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