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Mind map your way to goal setting success

Would you like a really quick and effective way to brainstorm your goals?  One of the best brainstorming tools around is called mind mapping.

This technique was originated by Tony Buzan in the 1970's and has since been used for brainstorming just about anything.  It helps to integrate both left and right brain thinking, expanding your natural creativity and your goal setting results.

How to create a mind map

The tools needed to create a mindmap include a large piece of paper (larger paper is better) and a set of at least eight colored pens. You can use a regular pen or pencil, but the colors help to stimulate your right brain.  In addition you can use stickers like the ones children use in school or you can draw or doodle pictures around the words.

Using your large piece of white or light colored paper, put your main topic in the middle using one color of pen. Make each sub-section (topic) a different color. For our example we will use a job offer.  Scatter the sub-sections randomly around the page working quickly and using the fewest words possible.

Once you get all these ideas down on your page you can add more specific steps under the sub-topics.  When you're done, you can add decoration to the final mind map using stickers, doodles or pictures you cut from magazines.  The decorations can help to increase your enthusiasm for the goal and make the process more fun.

Once you have your mind map completed, you can rate each sub-topic (goal) on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = least important, 10 = most important) in order to prioritize the order of tackling your goals steps.  Pick the top 3 to start with and once they are complete, go on to the next 3 sub-goals.  Be sure to add them to your "to do" list regularly.

Here are the steps a friend used to help him to clarify his thinking about a possible job opportunity. He decided first to list all relevant aspects of this job offer. He place the company name in the middle then randomly placed the main sub-areas around it (in red on the list below). After getting the main structure, he put in the sub-categories (in green) under the main headings.  The colors are used here to help you see the main topics and the related sub-topics.  Here are a few of the categories relating to the job.

Company name (in center of page, any color)

1)
Key employees of the company
2)
Quality of company
   
 Customers
     Investors
     Current success
     Future Possibilities of Success

3)
Product/service
4)
Characteristics of the company
  
  Location
     Size

5)
Pay and benefits or offer

After getting the main points up on the page, he put some stickers and little drawings here and there (wherever he felt inspired to put them).  Using this technique helps to unleash your right brain, which is the creative part, to allow for a flow of ideas and thoughts.

After creating a page devoted to these topics my friend then rated each main element overall as well as each sub item using the numbers 1-10. Number 1 equaled poor (or lack of interest) and 10 equaled great (or very interesting). He also found that a few areas were very unimportant to him. He then checked in quickly with his intuition each time for each item and gave it the number rating. When he rated his overall feelings about the company he found that he was reasonably interested, especially if the salary was right.

He discovered several interesting things using this process that he may not have identified without the mind map. One was his high interest in learning about a new field not related to his existing knowledge. Before mindmapping he thought his interest in the company was medium at best. After using the mind map he discovered that he was excited about the thought of learning about the new field (for him) that this company was involved with.

This technique can help you clarify your business or career goals. Tony Robbins and many other goals teachers recommend that you get as clear as possible on your goals in order to reach them. The friend in this example, was more inspired and motivated after mind mapping than he had been before about taking this job offer.  Below is a sample picture of this mind map, created with Photoshop.  Of course, yours would be hand written and you could put doodles, stickers or other eye catching additions on yours.

Example of a Mind Map


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