Every time I am taught a new trick at trapeze I face a challenge. There are two parts to the challenge, the first is performing a new set of moves, and the second is believing that I CAN do the moves. At the beginning of this learning journey I was fearful of the whole experience. When faced with a new trick, I always thought to myself, “You think I can do this?” I doubted that I could physically do the trick. Inevitably I would learn the trick, it usually wasn’t the first or second try, but I would get it. This happened on my whip, my straddle and my split, then came the pullover, pump shoot. The question of whether or not I could do it didn’t cross my mind this time, instead I thought, “this might take a couple of tries.” I laughed to myself later in the class about the self-doubt that used to limit me, things have changed. It did take a a lot of tries and about three classes but I finally got the pullover, pump, shoot.
Learning new music takes a couple of tries, a couple of days maybe even weeks too. It is important to remember that along with time to learn, you also need to believe in yourself!