“The Full Tank Life” by Ben Tankard

c.2016, FaithWords / Hachette $22.00 / $26.50 Canada 208 pages

by Terri Schlichenmeyer, OW contributor

At the end of the day, you’re out of gas.

There’s nothing left in your reserves, not a drop. You’re done, wondering if this is as far

as you’ll ever go but somehow open to new suggestions. So read “The Full Tank Life”

by Ben Tankard. It might just rev your engine again.

Imagine this: you’re driving down the highway on your way to somewhere important,

when you glance at the gas gauge and oh, boy, it’s almost on “E.” That’s what your life

may be like but Ben Tankard says you can boost your inner fuel with his “Full Tank

Life” method. Since it’s easy to do, you can start now.

It’s all about D-E- S-T- I-N- Y, he says.

Begin by discovering your Dream. Get personal; this is your dream, not what someone

else wants for you. Imagine it. Write it down. See yourself in it, then take steps to be in

the right Environment to achieve that dream. Tell yourself every day that you’ll have

what you want. Say it aloud and make it positive. That will help train your Subconscious

to see your path as a decision, not a choice.

Learn to see Time in a different way. Don’t waste it, of course, but don’t rush to use it,

either. Haste, impatience, not prioritizing, and a lack of attention to detail can make time

slip out of your fingers faster than you might realize.

Try to keep Inspiration in your life. Find people who can support you, and put yourself in

their company as much as possible. Find a mentor, and then be a mentor to someone else.

Take advantage of Networks to maintain your outlook and to boost your business and

personal life.

Finally, remember the most important part of the Full Tank Life: You! Always be

genuine. Do your best with whatever you have at the moment. Work around any

roadblock you might find. And above all, don’t listen to naysayers: if your tank is full,

you can do this.

As faith-based business-slash-inspirational books go, “The Full Tank Life” is okay. Not

sterling, not great, but not horrible, either; just okay.

Author, pastor, and “Renaissance man” Ben Tankard has a good premise here but, though

his advice is solid, it’s similar to a lot of other books. He offers personal anecdotes to

illustrate his points but those tales often seem to be elevated, which could smack of

boasting. There’s a good amount of repetition here, too, and the lengthy Bible teachings

sometimes feel like filler.

To the good, however, the information offered is rock-solid. The book is written in an

easy step-by- step format (although Tankard says you don’t have to read it that way). And

there are helpful worksheets included with each chapter, which allow readers to sort

through their thoughts and ideas.

The audience for this book, I think, is in the reader with a totally blank slate, or in the

businessperson who’s hit pause for just a minute. If you are neither, though, “The Full

Tank Life” may only leave you empty.