When you are preparing a piece to play in public, make sure you think about what would perfect performance mean to you.
Free of mistakes?
All the right notes and rhythms?
Correct fingering and pedaling?
Natural phrasing and breathing?
Everyone will have his/her own level of perfection in mind. As you think about the perfection, you also have to understand that perfect can rarely be achieved.
This realization often causes people to stall: "I will never achieve the perfect, therefore I shouldn't even try."
It's more productive, though, to figure out what would "ready" mean. If the piece is ready, you have to feel good when you play it in public.
Ready is not perfect but it has your permission to fly.
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Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.