How to Accomplish Any Goal
The key to accomplishing your goals often starts with a much needed change of mindset for most people. I’ve had this conversation with so many students and friends over the years. It always starts with me asking, what type of person are you?
The Two Kinds of People
The first type of person, watches someone else do something and immediately says, I could never do that! Every excuse in the book comes out. “They must be naturally talented, they’re super human, they have better gear.” Followed by, “that’s why I can’t do it.” And you know what, you’re right. You can’t do it, because you’ve already made up your mind that you can’t. Your excuses have now saved you, from your fear of failure.
The second, witnesses what others can do and they become motivated by it. They view a person, just for what they are, human. Regardless of how famous, rich or spectacular their given skill or talent. They realize they are just a person like you or me. Anything John Doe can do, I can do!
Obviously, there are situations where this isn’t true. For instance, you will likely never hold the world record for the deadlift. Unless you happen to be genetically gifted to have a gigantic frame, that can Support 400+ pounds of muscle, like Hafthor Bjornsson. Luckily guitar and most other things, have nothing to do with being genetically lucky!
When I was 14, I started and then quit playing guitar multiple times at first. My first instruction book was by Mel Bay. It was trying to teach me how to play Saints Go Marching In and Mary Had A Little Lamb. It sucked and I gave up for a couple weeks. Then I bought an “officially authorized” Jimi Hendrix, how to play guitar book. Looking back on it now, it’s not surprising that it also sucked. I spent another month making no progress. Until I came across the Metal Method website. Here was this guy named Doug Marks, offering a six video guitar course. From complete beginner to advanced in 6 months, with step by step, progressive instruction! Only
79.95 and hell, I had already wasted $40 on two terrible books. There was no online video back then, so you couldn’t preview the lessons or material. So I took a chance and bought the course.
After receiving the 1992 version of the course. The intro alone, with Doug in the leather jacket, had me pumped up! At some point in the course, Doug made a statement that has stuck with me, and I’ve applied it in every part of my life to date. Basically, he said that if you practiced as much as you breathed or like it was your full time job. You would obviously get pretty good at it, very quickly. I took this idea to heart and I started practicing 5 or 6 hours per day, then 8 and very quickly, it turned into all day, every day. Every free moment was spent practicing or thinking about guitar.
After 6 months, I was in my first band, playing shows and loving every second of it! After a year, I was playing all the Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Ozzy songs and solos note for note. I even started teaching my first students! I was already starting to live my dream. Playing guitar for a living at only 15 years old!
So how did I accomplish all this in such a short period of time. Very simple. I looked at guys like Michael Angelo Batio, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Satriani and so on and I told myself, I can be just as good or maybe even better. All I had to do was put in the necessary practice and time to get there. I set goals for myself, I made plans on how to accomplish those goals and then I made sure to follow the steps needed towards achieving those goals.
Hopefully now you realize that changing your mindset is a huge part of achieving any goal!
In part two, I’m going to show you how to take those steps for yourself, so that you can achieve any goal you have. How to set appropriate goals and put plans in place to achieve them.