Motivational Goals for the Guitarist
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Why Having the Motivational Goals of Being a Great Guitarist Isn't Nearly Enough...
So much has been said about the importance of having Motivational Goals
that many Guitarist have been lured into the false notion that
having a goal naturally leads to the motivation to achieve
All the Guitar Books, Videos, DVDs, CD’s, Magazines, and Free On-line Lessons will not be of any use unless you set goals.
Even more, setting a specific goal with a timeline will all
but guarantee success. As someone who has set goals in the
past, I'm sure you know firsthand that merely having a goal
While setting clearly defined Motivational goals is critical to being the guitar player you want to become, lasting change requires
something more than a specific goal.
Without answering the most important type of question, the
Motivation to achieve success will be short-lived.
And if you don't have the motivation to follow through on
your goals and dreams, you'll never succeed. That is why
you must take that extra step, you must answer the most
Here is the Missing Link
If setting a clearly defined goal isn't enough, what's the
That's right; the missing link is why you want the goal.
Without a strong and persuasive 'why' behind each one of
your goals you'll never achieve it.
After your Motivational goal is identified, ask yourself the exact
reasons why you want to achieve the goal, the compelling
and powerful motivators.
Being happier or making your friends think you’re cool because you can play a Jimi Hendrix lick or the latest hit song’s intro isn’t strong enough. Reasons such as these will never overpower the habits and obstacles that stand in your way.
We will soon discuss specific techniques to uncover the
reasons you need to get what you want, but before we do
that I want to mention a note about choosing your goals in
the first place.
If you don't know what you want, nothing else matters. I
know many guitar players who only knew that they wanted
to be better at their craft, but it stopped there.
How to Uncover Your Quality Reasons
Here's the real kicker… each and every one of you have the
answers you need inside of you.
The problem isn't that you don't have the type of
motivators you need to succeed, it's that you haven't
brought them to the surface. That's about to change.
Take one of your goals in mind and answer the following
questions with as much detail and emotion as possible.
Remember, the more powerful your reasons for wanting to
achieve the goal, the more you'll be motivated to take
action and get what you want.
1. What will achieving your goal do for you physically?
Mentally? Emotionally? Financially? Spiritually?
2. What will you think of yourself years from now if you
achieve your goal?
3. What will failing to achieve your goal cost you
physically? Mentally? Emotionally? Financially?
4. How will failing to achieve your goal negatively affect
your playing, Jam buddies and band mates? What will it cost them in the long
5. What will you think of yourself years from now if you
never achieve your MOTIVATIONAL GOAL?
This short list of questions should be enough to get you
started on the right path. All of your goals require this
type of questioning. Without it, you'll quickly let habit
and routine run the show and fall far short of what is
possible in your guitar playing.
What Happens Next
When you answer this line of questioning with your Motivational goals
you'll finally enjoy the limitless motivation you need to
change your guitar playing for the better. Every time you encounter
an obstacle and you feel like you can't go on, revisit your
reasons and you'll have the leverage you need to proceed.
We all deal with moments of indecision and weakness. We
know we should do one thing but we have an urge to do
another. While the majority of guitar players will give in to their
temptations and regret it later, you will have the secret
to staying the course day in and day out.
MORE MOTIVATIONAL GOALS
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"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." --Theodore Roosevelt
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