I've always been a little proud of my ability to learn quickly. However, as I gain life experience, I realize that one of the problems with being smart in this way is that when faced with a challenge, I don't have a lot of practice in handling it. Add perfectionism to the mix and any challenge can seem impenetrable. How do I even begin? I was thinking yesterday that I've got some activities going right now that are not progressing, and it's frustrating me.
My running. I feel stuck in a rut. I've been trying to move past my latest interval (10-3-10), but can't quite seem to find the strength. The next step is to run for 25 minutes with no breaks, and that just seems really long and difficult. Is it a mental thing, or a physical thing? I can't tell.
My piano. I feel like I've lost track of the song, in all the notes. I'm trying so hard to play all the notes that there's no musicality. It hasn't clicked for me yet. In this area, I'm definitely psyching myself out. I'm thinking too hard.
Maybe I have to let go of wanting to improve, in order to improve. Any thoughts?