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Do You Have Gas? (For Your Goals)
by On January 29, 2009

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 may be the most powerful, most expensive, and fastest street-legal production car in the world. Its 1000 horsepower engine boasts a narrow angle double V8 configuration for a total of 16 cylinders and four turbos, with 8.0-litres of displacement per cylinder. Step hard on the gas and it will rocket you to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds thanks to four-wheel-drive traction. You’ll make 125 mph in 7.3 seconds and 200 mph in less than 20 seconds. Whew!

Yet, if you fail to put gas in the tank, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 will take you exactly nowhere.

We’ve all been told that goals are the vehicle that will propel you to your destiny. And so we expend extraordinary amounts of energy crafting high-powered goals built for maximum thrust. We write our goals down. We carefully select a target date. We create detailed step-by-step plans. We evaluate our time, our resources, identify skills that we need to obtain and obstacles we need to overcome. We create pictures and visualizations and we even review our goals. We do all the things the motivational experts tell us to do because we are told that by building a turbocharged goal we are assured of success.

Yet too often we find that the goals we built to rocket us to victory just sit there in the drawer where we put them. Like the Bugatti with the empty tank, they take us nowhere because they lack the proper fuel. They simply are not meaningful enough. They fail to arouse our deepest and most powerful emotions, and so they end up sitting in the garage like an enormously powerful car with no gas.

Finding goals that are meaningful to you is not about logic. You can come up with a long list of logical reasons why a goal is good for you, and yet not really care about that goal deep down inside. Your most effective goals make your heart blaze like burning magnesium. It makes your eyes light up and lightning shoot out your ears. Effective goals are the ones you want so bad that you will crawl 50 miles over broken glass to achieve them. Effective goals get you so fired up inside just thinking about them that you feel as if you could leap tall buildings in a single bound. Walking on fire, crossing oceans, climbing the highest mountains are nothing to you if your goals tap into your emotional core, because your desire to achieve them will empower you to do whatever it takes.

Effective goals are the ones that you don’t have to make yourself do. They are the ones that you want to do, no matter what. Your emotions are the fuel that powers your goals. If your fuel — the emotional meaning of your goal — is weak, then your motivation to achieve the goal will also be weak.

So if you are wondering why you have been setting goals but not accomplishing them, then you may want to check the fuel gauge on those goals. Here are a couple of tips to help you design goals that are already loaded with a full tank.

Stop Using Other People’s Fuel

Figure out what YOU really really want. Sometimes we choose goals because we think we SHOULD choose them, or perhaps we are imitating someone we admire. In fact, what we really want is entirely different. For instance, I find it annoying that so many motivational speakers love to talk about their mansions and private jets and limousines. There is nothing wrong with these things, but I get way more excited about a cabin in the mountains, a new Subaru (with a really nice stereo), and the chance to go skiing every day. By building my goals around those things that specifically excite ME, they add gas to MY fuel tank.

Tune Your Mental GPS to the Destination

Mentally put yourself in the place of already having accomplished your goal. Ignore all the road in between and just focus on what it would be like to actually be there. All that stuff in between is about HOW, and it belongs to the logic side of the equation. There’s a time to take care of that later. Right now, you just need to check the fuel tank to see if this baby has enough go-juice to get you there. To do that, you need to program the end coordinates into emotional GPS.

Monitor the Feedback

This feedback will come from your body. Listen to what your body tells you. Does thinking about this goal make you feel like you just want to jump out of your skin? Does it send electric shockwaves up and down your spine? Does it make your respiration increase and make your heart race? If so, then that’s a good sign that this goal contains the fuel you need. If you don’t really feel much, then keep searching for the goal that will get you going.

Suspend Judgment

When going through this process, suspend all judgment about whether this goal is realistic or attainable. The fact is, if you feel strongly enough about it, the concept of realistic is mostly meaningless. If you really get excited about the goal, but it also scares the goobers out of you, then you may have to play with the time frame or the size of your goal to get the right emotional feedback, but that’s just fine tuning. When you feel strongly enough about a goal, your mind and heart will find a way to overcome almost any obstacle to achieve it.

Embrace the Pain

Finally, it is always best to fuel your goals with positive pictures and desires. Sometimes, however, you can use a matter-antimatter reaction to get extra mileage. This means that you can picture the pain that will come from NOT achieving your goal. If the idea of failure discourages you, then don’t use this technique. On the other hand, if it fires you up, and makes you feel more resolute and determined to overcome all odds, then dump that into your fuel tank. It can significantly increase the octane of your motivational fuel.

The bottom line is that the best goals come pre-loaded with a full tank of fuel that contains a million times the energy of liquid oxygen rocket fuel. Find a way to connect your goal to something that carries that kind of meaning for you, and you will be amazed at how far you can go. Just be sure to wear your seat belt. It’s gonna be one heckuva ride!

Be Free!

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