At our Emergency Training meeting a couple weeks ago, Lieutenant Conrad spoke of having his head on a swivel. Partly from his makeup, partly from his training, he said he cases everyone and everything he sees. He looks at everyone in the restaurant as soon as he walks in. He makes mental notes of emergency exits as he walks through unfamiliar buildings. He’s constantly taking in information and processing his world, wherever he happens to be at the time.
He’s a cop. It’s what he does. To be where he is, he has to be one of the best. Sure, there’s a little politics involved, but no dummy can politic his way up the ladder that far.
Be like a police officer in all areas of life. Observe. Take in the little things. Process. Don’t just go through life, but always be on the lookout for ways to improve.
In choir, notice the things that are “off” and work to fix them. Take in the tips and tricks. Concentrate on you vocals, on your breath, on your vowels, and on your diction. Think. All the time.
Be observant. When you simply observe best practices in others, or remember to practice the things that are taught to you, you become a self-teacher.
And if you can teach yourself, there’s no end to your own improvement.