Goal! The joy of making goals

March 9, 2011

My eight years in Italy taught me a lot about soccer, wine, happy smiling people, crazy driving and fearless living.  When it comes to soccer, a goal of course is “the goal” to the game, and everyone is up cheering, hugging, eating, and crying emotionally depending on the importance of the game when a goal is made.  I love the word-play here, and I’ve tried to approach my own goal-setting in this passionate, joyful and very “in the moment” kind of way.

When I used to sit down to make a list of my goals, it seemed like work, or sometimes I felt like it would be too big of a commitment, or too finalized, or then I’d actually have to do something about it.  You see, once you state to yourself and the world what your goal or goals are then, well, you’ve got to start taking some action on it.  Otherwise you would have to admit to yourself that you’re too afraid to go forward with your passions, or you’d probably come up with some excuse about how it’s just not possible to realize those dreams.  Sometimes circumstances make it hard to take the first, or next steps needed to go after goals. It’s not easy and you’ve got to know yourself well enough and I really think you have to believe enough also to sometimes overcome some difficult obstacles. 

First off…I think that in order to really know your goals, you’ve got to know yourself. 

Make a passionate, committed list of everything you would love to do, even the craziest ideas.

Then choose the top five of these.

See where you want to be in five years.

Make an action plan as to what you’ll do this week, something concrete and real.

For inspiration, the following books are fantastic.  Some are music related, some are “figuring yourself out” related.

Beyond Talent by Angela Beeching

Mindset:  the New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Feel the Fear…and do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers

 The Art of Possibility by Ben Zander

Coaching the Artist Within by Eric Maisel

The Musician’s Way by Gerald Klickstein

The Art of Practicing by Madeline Bruser

Performance Success by Don Greene

For more inspiration, Angela Beeching of “Beyond Talent” gives a great action plan here:

Now go score–GOAL!!!

Laura Lentz ©2011

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