Practicing Without Perfectionism
A few words on perfectionism and practice, words I wrote as a reminder to myself and then thought I could share with you!
Perfect is the enemy of good.
In relationships, projects, house cleaning, deadlines, and pretty much all other personal expectations.
Perfect is the enemy of good in music. In art. In learning something new. In practice.
I have students who can't ever seem to see their own progress because they're so hung up on their mistakes. (I, as a perfectionist, also tend to be this way far too often.)
Life will always be bumpy. Art will always be messy. There are always a few mistakes.
Beethoven said, "To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable."
Don't let the messy moments keep you from the good.