Why would I say such a thing? Because I have seen both professional and amateur musicians, beginning adults, and even children, lose their way under the influence of their inner critic. There is a big difference between pursuing excellence and pursuing perfection - one of them is toxic, and eventually becomes paralyzing.
We need to turn around the process of learning, and dismantle the inner whip. Contrary to popular belief, the inner whip is not a necessary component to learning anything, but safety is! Are we safe from self-guided insults and judgments? Rarely. And judgments don't work.
Free yourself of these chains and begin to enjoy the process of learning, and see how that can bring you to healing hidden thought drivers that have been obstructing your path, causing you to drive with the emergency brake still on.
And there's more... Much of our physical pain is provoked and inflamed by these hidden thought drivers.
And there's more... The inner critic can actually disable our cognitive processes, causing problems with sight-reading, comprehension, and learning in general.
If you are looking to pursue excellence and enjoy the process, contact me about cello lessons by Skype or in person. Even if you're not interested in music at all, I hope you can find resources on this site to help you along your journey of living your fullest potential.