The aim of the present study was to test the influence of different motivations (autonomous or controlled) to the accessibility of intrinsic and extrinsic goals. The priming of autonomous motivation should lead to higher accessibility of intrinsic goals, whereas the priming of controlled motivation should lead to higher accessibility of extrinsic goals. Additionally, it was assumed, that the temporal dimension of goals (short-term or long-term goals) and the importance of goals (important or unimportant) moderated the effect of the motivation on the accessibility of goals. 66 women and 61 men were assigned to one of the three conditions (autonomous motivation or controlled motivation or control group). To induce different forms of motivation, people in the autonomous motivation group were instructed in a way, that promoted autonomy (free choice, no pressure, positive feedback) before they worked on a task. In the controlled motivation group, people were instructed in a manner, that promoted control (no choice, pressure, material reward) before they worked on a task. People in the control group watched a short video sequence. After that, all participants worked on a lexical decision task, to measure the accessibility of different goals. The results showed that priming of autonomous motivation didnt lead to higher accessibility of intrinsic goals and the priming of controlled motivation didnt lead to higher accessibility of extrinsic goals. People in the priming conditions showed greater autonomous motivation than controls. Intrinsic goals were more important than extrinsic goals, but the accessibility of extrinsic goals was higher than the accessibility of intrinsic goals across all conditions. The temporal dimension of goals and the importance of goals had no influence on these effects. Therefore, the results indicated that different forms of motivation dont lead to higher accessibility of intrinsic and extrinsic goals.