The Purpose of Goals

Jack Canfield once said,

“The purpose in having goals that are scary is not to achieve the goal.  The purpose in having goals that are scary is to expand your ability to cope, to get wisdom, and become more than you are.”

A few months ago, I decided to begin taking guitar lessons.  One of my best friends—Steve Murray, began taking lessons back in January.  He has thoroughly enjoyed it and that spurred me on to wanting to try to learn the guitar myself.

I made a couple of decisions at the beginning of the goal

  1. I would take a lesson every week from a professional.
  2. I would practice every day for a minimum of 30 minutes for one year straight.  Every day!

I’m aware that you may think this a little extreme.  It is.  But I decided that if I was going to go after this, I’d do it big!  I also wanted to use it as an example for people of what they could do if they put their minds on something and gave it sustained, focused effort.

So that’s what I’m doing.  I’ve been at it now for 84 days (12 weeks exactly!)  In that time, I haven’t missed a day.  I’m tracking the amount of time that I practice each day.  Tracking it keeps me focused.  84 days may not sound like much, but I now have a pretty good grasp of reading music and can play close to 35 songs!

I tell you this, not to say, “Look at me.”  I say this to get you thinking.  What kind of goal could you go after?  How could you use a goal to stretch your self-discipline while at the same time creating a great sense of enjoyment in your life?

My first grandchild, Baleigh, will be born in February!!!  One of my goals is to play for her while she is in her crib.  Later, when she’s a little older, I want to teach her songs that we can do together.  I’ll play – she’ll sing!  I’m really excited about this.  Her Pappy will be the one who does music!  :)

Jim Rohn once said,

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”


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