I just came back from a quick jaunt to NYC for a lesson with JRL where I received some great encouragement. I'm pretty sure that I've posted here about how I always feel like I am never progressing. Well, apparently my brain was wrong! At my lesson I was commended on my marked progress and even encouraged to begin coaching repertoire and think about auditioning in the fall (next fall, not this one I presume)! This is great news for me and really gives me a boost. In addition to this I had just recently in practice session found some of my top notes and was excited to begin with before the lesson. Now, before anyone reads too much into this, I still am maintaining my work ethic and still have the general concept that I am sub-par as a singer. The thing is though, that sometimes we need that encouragement to push us onward.
I have had similar experiences with French, where I will go through a patch where I feel I am not progressing at all and then someone who is more knowledgeable than I am will compliment me on my progress between times that they had talked with me. I think ultimately that this goes back to the idea of being persistent and having trust in the process. As I made mention of before, all progress that is worth keeping will happen gradually. The past couple of weeks have shown this to me more than ever. Between my vocal progress and the books I have been reading lately, I feel that my entire outlook on life has changed to one of bigger time frames. For the most part the long-term goal is what matters, not the short-term ones. As long as you constantly check in and are working towards your long-term goal, then you will be on the right path. My long term goal as a singer has always been to be able to support myself solely by singing. It would seem that I have made large strides towards this goal in the last four months and I look forward to what is still yet to come.
Love the process and make it your goal!