Energizing Goals

Blue PlazmaThe next step is to generate the level of motivation you need to handle challenges related to the achieving the goal. Persistence pays.

The process to provide the motivation contains three components that "energize the goal:"

You energize your goal by using appropriate:

  • Imagery
  • Emotion
  • Affirmations

ConceptManImagery is more than "visualization." You can imagine the smell of fresh baked bread or the taste of a bitter sweet lemon or what it feels like to touch cold steel or what a favorite song sounds like as you listen to it in your mind.

Involve the five physical senses to imagine what it will be like when you achieve this goal. Imagine the "end result."

  • What will that look like?
  • What will that smell like?
  • What will that taste like?
  • What will that feel (touch) like?
  • What will that sound like?

See yourself in possession of the goal. See it, smell it, taste it, touch it, hear it!

Get pictures of it or pictures of what it represents.

Engage the full range of emotion that accompanies the physical sensory experience.

Recall similar memories of something that you've experienced in the past. Generate the full sensory image, including emotions, of this previous success and in your mind replace the previous goal with the one you are now seeking.

If the goal is something tangible like a new car, then go to the dealership and test drive it. Spend time in it absorbing the full sensory experience.

Get photos, samples, perhaps something related that represents the goal and anything else that makes it more real to you. Look at them every day and re-create the full sensory experience when you do.


Happy FamilyWhy Do It? Compelling Event? For stretch goals that require a degree of effort, you will need both your conscious mind and your subconscious mind working together to achieve it.

It's not uncommon for the conscious mind to want something and the subconscious mind to be programmed to get something different. When this happens, the goal can be unwittingly sabotaged by old mental conditioning that hasn't been replaced with new thought patterns that can support the goal.

Thoughts energized by emotions in a physically and mentally relaxed state directly influence previous programmed habits being carried out by the subconscious mind.

One way you can do this is by daydreaming. Find a place where you won't be disturbed for 2 - 5 minutes, relax and daydream about achieving your goal. Use full sensory imagery. Repeat this exercise for 30 consecutive days.

Another way is to read your goal statement just before you go to sleep at night and let yourself experience the full sensory imagery plus the emotions of joy that will come when you achieve your goal. Keep the end result of the goal in front of you as often as you can. Review your list of goals first thing in the morning. Keep things (photos) of your goals in places where you can see them.

The "Law of Dominant Thought" says that what you keep on the forefront of your mind constantly and consistently is what you will begin to unconsciously move toward. Action follows thought.

When your mind enthusiastically (emotion) wraps around and idea, it creates the circumstances for it to be realized. You must, however, recognize the opportunity and take action.

"Attitude Inoculation " is a process that enables you to strengthen a belief and turn it into an attitude! How? Take any belief or a behavior and challenge it with the question "why?" When you do this you automatically elicit the defense emotion. The more you defend an idea, belief or behavior, the more entrenched it becomes and the more resistant to change it becomes. This is how you create attitudes.

Challenge yourself with the question "WHY?"

  • "Why do I want to achieve this goal?"
  • "Why is this goal important to me?"
  • "What will I get out of it?"
  • "What will happen if I don't achieve it?"
  • "Why don't I want that?"

Imagery of the end result plus directly linked emotions (positive or negative) will provide the motivation needed to sustain a prolonged effort.

The "Law of Attraction" states that "like attracts like" so what you continually think about, imagine and experience with emotion creates a vibration frequency that continues to grow with time. That vibration then resonates with similar things vibrating at a similar frequency and the two eventually will come together (often 30 days after consistent emotionally charged clearly imagined outcomes). One will cause the manifestation of the other.

Goal Statements that rhyme: A little known fact rarely brought out when discussing goals is that goal statements that rhyme engage the right hemisphere of the brain more so than those that don't. Chants, songs, music, and rhymes can also elicit emotions. This provides a more whole brain approach, especially when adding full sensory imagery and emotion.


Megaphone ManWe all talk to ourselves. You probably just said in your mind something like, "that's right" or, "I wonder if I do that?"

Listen carefully to things you tell yourself that are counter to achieving your goal. For example, "I could never do that."

There are many resources available where you could find inspirational statements to say to yourself that are supportive of your goals.

Positive "affirmations" are important to re-programming some of the old self-defeating tapes that play over and over in our heads.

Positive affirmations that have great impact follow these simple rules:

1. Present Tense: They are stated in the present tense. "I am" rather than "I will become." "I am in the process of becoming..." is an acceptable alternative when you just know you're not ... yet there.

2. Specific: Engage full sensory imagination in as much detail as you can. Keep practicing and adding more and more detail to the imagery of the end result.

3. Conviction: Add more and different emotions by saying your statements with positive determination, conviction and commitment. Then feel the joy of accomplishment supplied by the imagery.

4. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Every day, without fail, read one or more of your positive affirmations that keeps you inspired and on focus.

Examples of Positive Affirmations:

  • I pay the price for achieving that which I desire.
  • Never risking failure means never getting the chance to succeed.
  • I do the most productive thing possible every moment of the day.
  • My beliefs are my destiny, my desire is my power.
  • With each step of action I take, I come closer to achieving my goal.
  • Is what I'm doing, thinking, feeling, moving me closer to my goal?
  • Once I've set my goal I give no thought to failure. I expect to win!
  • I succeed beyond my wildest expectations because I dare to have high expectations.
  • I can achieve great things and small things because I know what great things and small things I want to achieve.

LEARNING ACTIVITY: Use the Goal Setting Form you started earlier to continue the process by adding how you will ENERGIZE your goal

Quick Quiz
Energizing goals include an understanding that:
we should fully imagine the "end result" of achieving our goal
thoughts energized by emotions create powerful motivation
positive affirmations should be stated in the present tense, be specific, said with conviction and repeated often
all are true

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