Welcome to Episode 22 of The Executive Edge where I talk to Steve Gamlin.
Steve will tell you his story of how he came to call his website Motivational Firewood, and how he helps people understand the power of visual goal setting.
He and I had very similar background interests and reading habits which meant we could both discuss how we came to develop the skill of putting together vision boards. A vision board is a very visual, and sensory depiction of your goals. It increases the chances of success with any goal you set yourself. As Steve describes, it is the part that your emotions play in making your board, that helps you achieve your goals.
So, how did he get in to this?
In this episode he talks about how he came through difficulties in his own life, to emerge with a drive that helped him become a speaker and story teller. He has an infectious sense of humour and uses it to support people in describing their desires and aims. Steve also uses the visual imagery of a picture. Being so visual helps focus your energy and helps to produce a plan.
Next, he describes how he encourages people to begin by taking small steps in bite size chunks. This breaks a bigger goal down to a manageable size. It also helps embed the action in behaviour. In fact, Steve recommends several small actions per day or week, rather than one big change. As a Psychologist I also find myself coaching clients to do this. The process is endorsed by several self-development gurus we discussed on the podcast. One of the most well-known is the book ‘The Slight Edge’ by Jeff Olson. Olson believes small changes are best. Steve also believes that the decisions you make have an incremental value for your life. Small changes reap big rewards. Most habits can begin this way.
We also discussed the influence the famous book and video ‘The Secret’ has had on us both. He and I chat about how the law of attraction is often interpreted by people. Then we cover how to use this law. A lot can be gained by thinking constructively about what you want in life. You can then use Steve’s tips to help you get it!
You can hear more of Steve’s thoughts and suggestions in this episode.