It’s easy to be too hard on yourself, because most of us involved in music tend to be perfectionistic, especially when it comes to what is played or sung! We have this drive within us to be great, to be the very best we can possibly be, and so when we fall short there is a great tendency to be very hard on ourselves, maybe even to “beat ourselves up” a bit!
Perfectionism can be very destructive. It can rule your life and ruin it! It can make you unbearable for those around you, especially those closest to you. It can make you miserable! It is not something that is from God!
Excellence on the other hand, is completely different. This is the right way to approach things, and this can drive you to become greater at what you do, without destroying your relationships or your life! It’s God’s way.
So what is the difference? The main difference is how hard you are on yourself!
So, lighten up! Do you think the Lord will fall from the throne if you mishit a chord or blow a note? Of course He won’t, so why beat up on yourself about something that really doesn’t faze the Lord one bit? If you make a mistake, in music, singing, leadership or any other aspect of your ministry, or even your life, confess it, give it to the Lord and move on. Some of the greatest talents in music, sport or the church are stifled by a perfectionistic spirit, so don’t be too hard on yourself, lighten up and try again, with a smile and a good attitude!