Mission ready = success.
Focused, solid practice = success.
Performance where everything is left on stage = success.
Breathing exercises that result in better concentration = success.
What happens when you're not mission ready? Are you suddenly unsuccessful?
Of course not. Don't be so hard on yourself.
Recognizing you are not mission ready is a skill. And that recognition helps you get ready. Success.
You practice, but you were unfocused, scattered. It doesn't seem like you learned a dern thing. Write it in your piano journal honestly so that you can refer back to it when you feel that way again, make a clear plan that will allow you to do better tomorrow, and then do those things. Success.
Breathing is shallow, unfulfilling. That happens to be where you are right now. Internally ask why, examine where the block is coming from--giving it your very best, you know--and then try again. Success.
If you are going for "it", whatever "it" is, you are a success.
Don't let anyone tell you differently. There are many folks who would love to try what you are doing and they never will. The act of doing makes you successful, regardless of whether you are playing at the level you want. It's ok if you aren't--going for it is the only thing that can get you there. Success.
You. Are. Successful.
I believe in you.
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