Raise your expectations
This is as much a reminder to me as to my students. Too often, I find myself settling for less than my best because I simply forget how good it could be! Sometimes I'll be listening to one of my favorite horn recordings that I haven't heard in a while, and I think "Oh yeah - I want to sound like THAT!" I get inspired all over again, and my expectations are raised. Here are some tips to make sure you're not settling for less than your best:
1) Listen to lots of great horn playing, so you're constantly reminded of what's possible on our instrument (the greatest instrument of all!).
2) Get inspired by great musicians on every instrument. Don't accept the "limitations" of the horn. Try to play the Bach Cello Suites like Yo Yo Ma!
3) Acknowledge when you do something well, but always ask "how could it be better?"
Now, here's something inspiring!