Don't Be Shy
Another issue many people have is playing in a musically tentative style. I'm not a big fan of playing question marks. If you're playing for a recital or an audition committee, commit to never play for approval. Don't play what you hope will make the audience happy. Rather, play what you believe in your heart is correct. If you do this, they are more likely to be convinced, and you are more likely to be inspired to play with conviction. Please note that in order to carry out this approach, you have to have something that you want to say musically. This only works if you have carefully thought through the musical decisions that you make. So, you have to put in some work to back up all that confidence!