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What if this didn't work and you're not emotionally excited - what if you didn't create a 'Burning Desire'. Your current goal has reverted back to a wish, a want, a dream or a hope. At this stage you have a few options. First, you should go back to step #1 and try this exercise again. Often during first attempts, you may not have put enough time or energy into process. Right now is time to change for better - take a positive action step and give it another chance. Second, if you've tried this exercise or other techniques and still can't seem to create a 'Burning Desire', than you may need to pick another goal, abandon goal or change goal. Changing goal is not giving up; changing goal is often one of best ways to get yourself re-energized, motivated and excited about moving forward.
By taking these 5 steps to create a 'Burning Desire' for each one of your goals (large or small), you will make your goals much more attainable, you will start to consistently meet more of your goals and you will have more fun along path to success. This technique can be used in other areas of your life such as your business (career), your personal finances and your relationships. Other chapters in this book will provide details on how to use this technique in other areas of your life.
Author's Personal Note: I have successfully used this technique in area of weight loss and have lost 10 lbs (in 45 days), reduced my body fat by 3% and dropped from a 35- inch waist to a 32-inch waist. What was my 'Burning Desire'? I had about seven of them, but two created most passion and drive.
First, was when my youngest son commented about how big my stomach was getting and that I looked out of shape. This comment was my negative reason that drove me to make a change. If I didn't attain this goal, I would continue to hear these comments . Second, I had a closet full of size 32 pants and was ready to go out a buy more tight-fitting 34 size pants. Since I personally don't like (despise) spending money on clothes, I created a visualization of all money I would save by not having to buy another 3-4 pairs of pants. If I did attain this goal, I would have another $150 to do what I love most - invest.
My personal visualization for first reason was a flat stomach instead of love handles and no 'fat' comments from my son. My visualization for second reason was seeing $150 invested in 3 shares of a blue chip stock on my portfolio statement, instead of pants hanging in my closet. While my personal visualizations might not get you motivated, these visualizations created enough push, motivation and drive for me to change my dietary habits and eat right (not necessarily less) and exercise more often. Remember, each of you will have your own personal visualizations that will get you to take action.
It was first time in my 40+ years that I've ever wanted to lose weight and while it was difficult to make these dietary and exercise changes; I sacrificed my short-term immediate gratification needs for benefit and success of my long-term weight loss goal. Not only did I receive gratification from meeting my weight loss goal, but I received even more gratification by knowing that I could make appropriate day-to-day choices to minimize my short-term immediate gratification needs to meet a long-term, more gratifying goal. It was worth efforts.
It's time for You to take Action!
What are you going to do right now to take one positive action step towards meeting one of your personal goals? To get momentum moving in your favor, you need to take immediate action. After reading this article, take next 30 minutes to complete this 5-step process for one of your goals? You don't have 30 minutes, take 5 minutes to start process. The key is to take Action. You owe it to yourself to be successful and one key component for making your personal goals attainable, is to create your own personal 'Burning Desire'. Start it now!
Mike Matthews is a writer for www.Your-Key-to-Success.com with many personal successes in the areas of personal finance, small business, real estate investments and reaching fitness goals.