How your car’s fuel gauge can help you achieve your goals
Imagine if, instead of a gauge, your car told you only how many gallons were left in your tank. Imagine you jump in the car and you simply see the number “3.5” displayed next to the fuel amount.
Do you need to get to the station right away or do you have enough to run to the grocery store and back? It’s hard to tell, isn’t it?
Of course, if you know your car’s gas mileage you can calculate how much more you can drive, but it is kind of a pain in the butt, isn’t it?
The fuel gauge solves that problem.
Have you ever noticed that every car has essentially the same fuel gauge? It is just a simple arc from Empty to Full and a needle telling you where along that spectrum your gas tank contents fall.
With a simple glance you can tell how much gas is in your tank. Without knowing a thing about the size of the gas tank, you can still tell whether you are ok to drive or if you need to find a filling station soon.
That’s because your brain processes images 60,000 times faster than it processes numbers or words. You can instantly understand the relevance of the gas gauge but the calculation of the quantity of gas takes time and mental math.
The power of images can be used to help you hit your goals, too.
When you set your goals for next year, take time to graph where you are on the goal achievement vs. the goal.
You can use a simple bar graph, with one bar representing the goal and other bar representing progress.
Or you can use a line graph with a progress line moving upwards towards a goal line.
Either way, your brain can instantly tell whether you are on track or off track for achieving your goals. And, your subconscious will remember that picture and work hard to close the gap between actual and goal.
Basically, you are creating a fuel gauge for your goals so you always know where you are and how far you have to go.
If you want to learn more about how to use visuals in goal achievement, check out this webinar.