Going for It in Musical Performance – Striving for the Unreachable (Psychology)(Pain)(Strain)(Injuries)(Posture)(Alexander Technique)
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Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. (MOVEMENT THERAPY)
FROM WHAT I’VE SEEN OF THE BEST ATHLETES AND BEST MUSICIANS, THE MOTIVATION MOST HAVE IN COMMON IS SETTING IMPOSSIBLE GOALS FOR THEMSELVES IN THEIR SPORT OR ON THEIR INSTRUMENT.
On the surface this sounds great, admirable, but I wonder if it is? I have been one of these strivers most of my life as a musician. I’m beginning to question whether striving for an unreachable goal is a good thing. It was very hard on me.
It can look like a good thing, if a person becomes very good in their sport or on their instrument through dissatisfaction, but it creates a state of never being/feeling good enough. The way a lot of performers and athletes get around this, is pride in striving and knowing they’re better than most others in their field.
Again, is this a good way, or even optimal way to pursue an instrument or sport? What I mean, is this the way to be the best you can be?
Would it be a good thing to set a very high goal and reach it? This is where I’m going with this essay.
CAN A PERSON SET A REALLY HIGH STANDARD IN THEIR SPORT OR ON THEIR INSTRUMENT, THAT THEY HAVE CONSIDERED IMPOSSIBLE IN THEIR THOUGHTS/BELIEFS, BUT NOW SEE THIS GOAL AS REACHABLE?
An aside here, is did the musician or athlete set a low reachable goal, but tell themselves subconsciously it is impossible? What if they have?
Then they never have to confront themselves over setting the bar too low, because they aren’t aware they did.
I’ve had musicians not come back after one Alexander Technique session, after I got him or her to play better than they ever have.
WHAT HAPPENED WAS THEY WERE CONFRONTED BY SETTING THE BAR TOO LOW, SO THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE TO SEE THEY WEREN’T REACHING THEIR POTENTIAL. I SHOWED THEM THE BAR WAS TOO LOW.
What I’m about to write right now is why I wrote this article.
ARE IMPOSSIBLY HIGH GOALS POSSIBLE? WHAT I MEAN IS CAN AN ATHLETE OR MUSICIAN SET AN EXTRAORDINARILY HIGH GOAL, AND GIVE THEMSELVES PERMISSION AND HAVE THE FAITH THEY CAN AND WILL REACH THEM?
Will they take all of the steps from Alexander Technique concepts into training or practicing with faith and commit 100% and do the work with the trust they will get there?
They could, but after years of making the possible impossible, could he or she accept the impossible is possible?
IT WOULD BE AN EXTRAORDINARY GIFT TO YOURSELF!