I was in a very ordinary practice room rehearsing an accompaniment with a university student and noticed this little paper guy taped to the practice room wall. I had seen other appearances of him elsewhere in the building and it was simply something posted by a sorority in random places throughout campus. This particular one was perhaps placed inadvertently, but nevertheless with great meaning in a music practice room. The message is a simple statement "You are good enough!" Perhaps it was meant to be an encouragement to musicians who were otherwise beating themselves up over minutia and perfection or comparing themselves to others either in the professional world or perhaps peers right there on campus. "You are good enough!" the picture encouraged.
Of course, the average college music student isn't willing to accept that statement at face value and very predictably scribbled on the lower right side a response we all tell ourselves as musicians and that is, "That's loser talk." In other words, "You're never good enough."
The contrast to those two statements got me thinking about a paradigm of practice. On one hand, one might say we're never really good enough, and accepting and telling ourselves that we are is no more than "loser talk" or dooming us to no further growth or improvement. Face it! There is always room for progress and improvement. But, is it really "loser talk" or is there actually an intrinsic value to tell one's self that he or she is truly "good enough?"
I truly believe that we need to regularly remind ourselves that we are good enough and use that positive talk and reinforcement as encouragement to motivate ourselves in our practicing and progressing.
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Yeah, I really think you are GOOD ENOUGH!