I saw this quote in The Complete Guide to Running p. 180, edited by Amby Burfoot Emmaus, PA Rodale Press, (C) 1997 Does it remind you of another activity, perhaps?
These runners realize […] they will have the most success in their external lives only after they have won the battle over self-doubt.
When you adopt a similar attitude, it does not mean that you’ll run world records or even personal records. You will, however, decrease the pressure and stress you may feel while running, and this can only help you improve your performances and your appreciation of running. By focusing on running as an exciting and fulfilling journey without a destination you will see that your running can’t be anything but successful and rewarding.
Honestly, I could do a global replace of ‘running’ with ‘cello playing’ and it would still make sense.
Of course, as a goal oriented person, I can’t take this completely as-is. But it is a good reminder to stop fighting myself all the time! A journey without destination should not be interpreted as “in the doldrums, without wind”.
So, readers what does that phrase mean to you? How do passages like the one quoted relate to your cello playing?