It’s been 3 months…

Stuck with this same feeling...

“Is there something wrong with me?”...

“Is this the end of the road?”...

All these thoughts racing through my mind.

I’ve been feeling stuck…

Unsure what to do next…

I've been feeling stuck...

My feelings for guitar now are different compared to five years ago.

The desire to practice used to be huge...

I was going at it hard…

And here’s the funny thing…

When I practiced I would focus so intensely that my Dad could call my name from outside my bedroom door… and I wouldn’t hear him.

Guitar felt great back then…

I had a lot of ambition…

I had a lot of things I wanted to get better at… And I wanted it badly.

So I put in the work...

And you know what… It felt awesome to achieve what I achieved.

However…

Fast forward to present day and things have changed.

All of the skills I was once stuck with have now improved…

So much so that many of them have gone beyond what I thought I would be doing…

And so now…

Instead of having a raging fire of motivation inside of me…

It feels like I have a few twigs smouldering away.

That same feeling of drive isn’t there anymore.

Do I still enjoy the guitar?

For sure… I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing.

Am I as excited about it as I was five years ago…

No.

And when I think about why… it all of a sudden begins to make sense…

In the past I had such a clear idea of what I wanted…

There were things I couldn’t do…

And it pissed me off.

Now… my future for guitar playing is so foggy…

I’m not sure what the next steps are that I want to take.

I’m aware of the roads I could travel down…

The paths I could walk down…

I have an idea of what I could do…

But there’s no “pull” inside of me to get me down one or the other.

I feel stuck with what to do.

So what am I doing to start solving this?

How does someone start to break out of this?

Well… for me…

I’ve decided to take a break from practicing...

How long?

Long enough for me to figure out what the next steps are…

And get back into the habit of enjoying the guitar more.

I’m not writing this with the expectation that you’re going to solve all my problems…

Far from it...

I want you to see that I’m not some “perfect practicing machine”...

Everyone has times when motivation runs low.

I see it in my students all the time.

It’s important to know that this all comes in waves…

Sometimes the waves are bigger than others… but eventually they all pass.

The trick is that no matter what…

Always try and focus on what you enjoy doing…

I've been feeling stuck...

And when motivation runs low…

Lower the expectation on yourself and try to have some fun with it 🙂

I hope this has been enlightening for you…

I’ll keep you updated with how everything goes in future posts.

Talk soon,

Darryl “the search continues” Powis

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