I'm extremely musical; I've listened very deeply and practiced very deeply (with my mind and my voice and whatever instruments I happen to pick up) to pretty much every style and mode of music, including the 'difficult' ones.
I also write profound meaningful poetry off the top of my head as easy as pie. So it's occurred to me that I might as well learn the electric guitar and sing my poetry. So far I've found that all kinds of familiar guitar rhythms are easy/effortless to play but the chords are impossibly awkward and infuriating. And since I have tiny hands, it's easy for me to give myself an excuse and give up on progressing. Still, I know that getting 2 or 3 chord progressions down so I can play them in my sleep will be enough to let me sing a lot of songs before I run out.
Of course I've seen dozens of "how to learn guitar" pages on the web, but most of them seem to be way more technical/systematic than I'm interested in.
So my question is about "philosophies" for learning guitar -- the more metaphoric, spiritual, and poetic the better!
What are your own ways of understanding how to quickly gain a few useful chord progressions when you're an (albeit musically-comfortable) total noob to the electric guitar? What are the top "boring exercises" I devote my time to so as to "mold my brain"? What are the main opportunities for "reinforcing bad habits"? Again, this is all with a preference toward practical orientations/approaches to quickly gain some chops and move beyond the "that sounded kind of interesting in an experimental textural kind of way" phase.