The Importance of winning
Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is important. How many times have you had a “winning experience” at some point in the day and felt negative afterword? Seldom. What we do as guitar players to improve can be a slow, gradual move forward. For example, today I can play this at 79 bpm when yesterday it was 78 bpm. Progress? No doubt. But it doesn’t really feel like winning does it?
It’s very important to win at some point every day. It can be as simple as, cleaning up a pile of junk in the corner of the garage that’s been accumulating for the past five years. Finally taking care of the mess is winning.
Winning at anything can translate to winning at everything. Winning will change your frame of mind. You’ll be positive and motivated. So, when you pick up your guitar, or anything else that you choose to do, you’ll be in a positive frame of mind and progress becomes apparent.
Try this experiment. Find something that you can accomplish today that will feel like winning once completed. Notice how it affects your mood, confidence, self-esteem, energy, and level of motivation for the rest of the day.
This is not specifically about playing guitar, but it could be. When you begin practicing today, identify something that you can accomplish that will be a real win. Keep it simple. Maybe learn the basics of a new song or lead. You could memorize a scale pattern that you’re currently playing without confidence. It’s not too difficult to accomplish a technique, scale, lick, lead, or practice exercise that will feel like a real win once accomplished.
Try to find at least one thing every day that will feel like an accomplishment that you can reflect on as you go to sleep at night. This will keep you motivated, confident, and keep your energy level high.