You all can reach further of your potentials. Far more. Only you are limiting yourselves to it.
Push yourselves harder please. And, don’t give up so easily, would you?
Stop self-deprecating and start believing in your ability and playing. With a strong willpower and belief in yourselves, you will all play much better in an instant. I am not kidding you. Haven’t I been sharing my experiences with you all already? I don’t think I could have done all these without a strong mind persisting all the time. And when things get tough, I resist and grow even stronger, instead of feeling weak, thinking about failure and giving up. That’s the way you should all do it as well. When it gets hard during your playing, you persist. When you make a mistake, you don’t give up; you don’t panic; you stay cool, become even more conscious and focus in your playing; you continue and play even better and more beautiful right after that mistake. You make the audience forget about that tiny wrong spot and make it right. You make better music.
When you are playing, you are the only one responsible for it. Success or failure is in your own two hands. There is nothing I can do about it. I can only help you in your lessons and practice. The rest is up to you. So, do you want to think success or failure? I’ve been telling you all, to believe in yourselves, to have confidence in yourselves. Because, if you yourselves don’t even believe in your ability to achieve something great and powerful like this, who would be there to believe in you? (I do, but you have to be the first to believe in you.) If you don’t even believe that you can do this, then what’s the point of doing it? Success starts with a strong belief in it happening.
So, start believing in yourselves, and show me some willpower, students. It’s all up to you.
I’ve been seeing some magic happening recently in some of you, and I hope it stays. I hope it stays and continues to happen.