If we can succeed in our mind, we can succeed with our life.
This is a law -- one of several set in motion by the Creator of the human race which affects a person's success.
It's the Law of the Mind.
To succeed at the organ our mind needs a single minded focus; it's simply a matter of being persistent, generous with ourselves, and connected [See blog, The Lizard Brain, Parts I, II, III, IV, V].
It's important for the mind to have a goal or focus, to have an instruction, and to have a hero (someone we want to be like).
Our mind isn't us -- it was given to us by our Creator to serve us, not master us; our mind is our greatest investment; it's also more fragile than anyone can imagine.
It's important for us to think about how we want to achieve success and to turn our goals into mental pictures, so that our mind can have a picture of our future.
We will always act like our self-portrait -- the person we think we are -- and what our mind can envision, our body can produce.
Our mind directs traffic with our future; whatever a person allows to occupy their mind will sooner or later determine their speech and actions; this is the whole premise behind Paul's admonishments to establish beneficial thought patterns (Phil. 4:8, Col. 3:2-5).
This means being careful with what we allow ourselves, someone else, or something else, to fill our minds and influence our thinking; it means a daily struggle with this present modern world such as it is, with our culture, with technology, with the ubiquitous hand-held device that steals away every free moment, with free-wheeling morally bankrupt web sites which are in business for profit to fill human minds with filth, with the voice inside our heads that is hell bent on killing our interest and derailing our calling [See blog, The Book], perhaps even with one or two people within our circle of friends or acquaintances who have a selfish motive for seeing us give up our music-making, and with all the many other things that tug upon us for attention.
What enters the mind translates into words and actions and can be summed up this way: "Wholesome in, wholesome out -- garbage in, garbage out."
The more creative we are, the greater will be our struggle in the mind.
All of our inner creative battles to bring something new into existence are in the mind -- all of life's battles, in fact, are there.
When the new organist thinks courage instead of fear their mind is motivated to a higher level, opens to maximum strength, and goes to work on the situation at hand.
It doesn't make sense for the new organist to live in the past, present, and future all at the same time; it's a huge error to waste time and energy brooding over past mishaps at events or worrying about problems that may or may not develop at some future time or event; the successful organist learns to live in the present only, always looking forward to the next gig.
By skipping the post-mortems, striking out the words "If only" in his/her mind and substituting the words "Next time," new organists push aside any roadblocks of regret and keep themselves living in the present only, always headed for that "next time."