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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 it.

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 isn't enough.

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 Important questions.

Here is the Missing Link

If setting a clearly defined goal isn't enough, what's the Missing link?


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.

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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? Spiritually?

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 run?

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.


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Updated: 3/9/07