I’m a big believer in setting goals and taking daily action to achieve them. I believe that life is a little bit like the lottery, you actually need to buy a ticket to have a chance, our daily actions are the ticket. 90 days ago I set out to get in better physical shape, learn 2 guitar songs, learn Italian and have the skeleton and outline for my book. I want to tell you about a few things I’ve learned on this mini-journey.
I had one big victory and a miserable failure. My book, because of interest from people in publishing not only took form, it is partially written. I am delighted by the path I am following and really open to the voice of inspiration on this project, it’s been a great ride. Italian was the failure, the time I’ve spent on the book has led to Italian falling from the list, I still love the language but, right now, I don’t have the time (or energy) to devote to it. I’ll try to pick it up after the first of the year.
My middle two goals, in my past, might have also been failures, but I think I learned something on this journey. My workout regimen, something called P90x, was a vigorous, 6 day a week program. While the daily discipline of working out was wonderful, the program itself was not the right one for me. I found myself adding muscles and not losing any weight and I found that some of the exercises (like their version of Yoga and their Abdominal program) were ridiculously difficult for me. After 60 days, I modified the program, adding easier Ab work and more cardio while de-emphasizing the weight lifting. A nice mid course adjustment and I plan to keep up the daily discipline for another 90 days.
The guitar goals are really what I wanted to tell you about today. I had to ask for help, something I don’t do very well. I realized that I simply did not have the ability to play the guitar the way I wanted, so I found a teacher. We’ve been meeting once a week and I am having a blast, I’ve rediscovered my passion for the guitar. Instead of being frustrated with not being able to master something on my own, I now have the weekly goal of trying to master new techniques by the next lesson, and boy, the 7 days between lessons goes by fast! I have a lot to work on and, for the first time in my guitar experience I am “practicing” instead of playing. Like the exercise program, the daily discipline is crucial.
My message today, set your goals, don’t be afraid to adjust them, ask for help if you need to and keep taking daily action. Your daily list rules!
As we get towards the end of the year, I’ll start to talk about setting goals for 2011, it’s time to start thinking about them. In the meantime, I ‘ll keep working, every day, on my areas of focus.