My Goal's Beyond is the third solo album by John McLaughlin. The album was originally released on Douglas Records in the US. It was later reissued by Elektra/Musician (1982), and in 1987 by Rykodisc on CD.
The music is strongly influenced by music of India, and was dedicated to McLaughlin's spiritual leader, Indian guruSri Chinmoy. Side one has two longer pieces for the whole band, including soprano saxophone, flute, violin and Indian percussion. Side two of the album features eight short compositions (three standards and five originals) played solely by McLaughlin on acoustic guitar. With the recording he wanted to emphasize his equal love for the acoustic instrument and the beauty of its sound.He wasn't paid much but he's “still pleased with it.”