Beliefs affect practicing

I teach my students how to follow through with what they learn in their lessons when practicing at home but I don’t always do this myself. Ultimately, the root of how thoroughly I practice is based upon how well I believe I play the violin. If I believe I can only accomplish so much, that is how much I’m likely to accomplish.

Working on belief runs far deeper than working on one’s violin technique. Ideas about one’s identity are formed in childhood and are, therefore, very difficult to change. Mixed messages about my violin playing as a child create some ambivalence about my violin playing as an adult.

I have awareness now that I hold myself back in terms of developing my violin technique to its fullest. I can question myself when practicing as to whether to persevere or decide to move on. It is empowering to confront my beliefs in this way. It feels like anything is possible now.

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