Trust me when I say that sometimes this talk about "Beliefs" can get a little Airy Fairy. I'm not a believer in things I can't see or that can't be proven by science (yes thats a bold claim) but that doesn't mean I'm not open to learning more about what other people believe in AND allowing them total freedom to practice thier beliefs however they choose to.
I've always been turned away from people who try to press their opinions and beliefs on me so, again, trust me I have no intention of doing that.
All of this said lets begin.
Your Mind Is A Garden!
So before you get all "judgy" and start thinking I've gone off the deep end I would like to just reference a famous piece of writing. I read just one chapter of it when I was a teen and ignorantly assumed I knew what was in the rest of the book. It wasn't until 10 years later that the truth in those pages really hit me.
Within the pages, the author James Allen discusses the mind as being "a fertle garden wherin you can choose to weed out negative thoughts that hold you back and to Nourish positve thoughts and actions.
So what does this have to do with learning guitar?
I'm glad you ask.
Time and time again I see in new students a lot of doubt, worry and fear. It just is what it is, right? We'll as bold of a claim as it is I have helped many of these students overcome this negative spiral of thought.
You see, we develop these negative thought habits around certain subjects in our lives. Learning guitar, whether you're in the beautiful pacific paradise of Honolulu or in a cabin in Alaska is going to have certain challenges to face. You need to be prepared to overcome those challenges and your BELIEF in yourself and the things you tell yourself (internal self talk) during the process will play a BIG part in the results you get.
Your mind is a garden and you need to WEED out those negative thoughts as they arise.
One thing you can do is "Pause When Agitated". It's ok to be frustrated. Sometimes you need to stop and think about things for a minute. Sometimes you need to slow way down and really think about your next move and even do a pros and cons list.
Sometimes, fresh air and a walk can help, to clear your head and come back at things refreshed. And above all you should know that it's the students that can keep going and keep persistenly making results even when fear and doubt are at thier heels that make the biggest results in less time. You have to keep pressing forward even when your tired and had a long day at work or school.
Dial it in, take some time in those moments to self reflect and in those few seconds after the doubts arise you need to SHUT - IT - DOWN. You're better than that. You're better than to let those negative thougths always get the best of you.
Let me know how this goes for you or if you have further questions. Remember progress is always better than perfection. Keep at it. Keep progressing and eventually you'll weed your garden so the great and abundant thoughts can grow and prosper!