So I picked my trumpet back up several years ago and actively playing as well as taking lessons and an interesting but seemingly obviously simple question came up of 'What are your goals?" Not sure I have a simple answer although historically it was that I want to continually improve my trumpet playing and have the opportunity to perform versus playing in my basement. Sometimes my simpleton type goal might be as simple as if someone puts a piece of music in front of me I can play it and that isn't fully the case so much to work on there. Of course for a while working with a local working musician he had me working on all things improvisational and jazz studies which is in itself its own beast, and I feel like I am coming almost full circle back into more orchestral type playing situations. Now as I have progressed it seems difficult at times to really set a focus on what skills or attributes I need to hone in on or focus on for my playing ability. I have spent the past 3-4 months really focusing in on playing some pieces that stretch the ability for maintaining good tone quality and working on overall sound, but I often find my time dedicated to spending lots of time on technical studies. I start feeling like I'm falling into the 'now what?' and wondering what others do for reinvigorating their goal setting and improvement for playing?