Enjoy the Journey

It's easy to get caught up in thinking of the future (and the past) and not being in the present moment. This is also true with the musical mindset. If only we could play that more difficult piece or solo, then we would finally be happy with our playing. But even with hard practice and reaching a particular goal, this way of thinking will continue and gradually erode the enjoyment from your practice as frustration sets in. I recommend to students that they focus on what they can play, how far they've come, and to allow themselves to feel proud of every small 'win' in a practice session. We work hard yes, but with this mindset we don't obsesse about the outcome and we enjoy the journey...