The end of a piece of music is not your destination
We can often get so tied up in results we forget what we need to do and what we need to learn. Of course, if we are learning a piece of music we want to complete it. However, ultimately, we want to learn our instrument and master it. This means that our pieces are no longer just music we want to learn and play, but they become tools to master our instrument.
Sometimes results get in the way of our ultimate goal of learning our instrument. Forget about exams, forget about completing pieces, forget about reaching a deadline and forget about results. Put all those thoughts aside for a moment.
Focus on the piece of music you are learning. How can you use this piece to improve your playing? Make a list of the techniques you could master. If you don’t know any, talk to your teacher. Listen to their thoughts on what you could improve to create a better performance and work on these techniques.
Think about what you would like to achieve by the end of the piece of music and focus on those achievements, not the piece itself. Think about what happens when you read a novel and your curiosity gets the better of you and you read the last page. It rarely improves the experience!
Instead we need to enjoy the journey and keep in mind our ultimate goal.