When you’re alone in your practice room, do you still yell, curse, or make a face at a mistake? If you’re alone, then who benefits?
Outwardly, this habit of yelling, cursing, or making faces is an avoidance mechanism. If you can let the world know that you know your mistake, then you won’t have to face any extra criticism.
“I know what went wrong, so there’s no need to discuss it.”
Inwardly, this habit reflects an intense thought process that’s seeped in fear.
“I suck. I suck. I suck.”
You. Don’t. Suck.
Mistakes are lessons to be learned. Nothing more. Nothing less.
And that habit of reacting to your mistakes is parasitic, meaning it only drains your energy. That’s energy that you could use to fuel your creativity and performance.
What’s there to do about it?
Well… don’t be afraid to do things wrong. Easier said than done, right?
Here’s an exercise for you:
Next time you’re practicing, I want you to intentionally make mistakes. That’s right… DO IT WRONG ON PURPOSE. See where it takes you. What thoughts does it provoke? How does it change your muscle tension? How does it make you feel? What do you learn?
Report back to me with your findings.