Using a Mind-Map to Dissect Your Goals
Ever since I’ve started my personal blog, The Skool of Life, I have always been an avid user of mind-maps. I love mind-maps because they give you an opportunity to for free form thinking. When it comes to goal setting, I highly recommend you consider the power of goal setting, autosuggestion, commitment and consistency. I also urge you to give in depth consideration to the question “How often do you decide not to brush your teeth?” These things will get you really geared up for rapid progress towards your goals. But, let’s talk about dissecting your goals.
No matter what your goal, one of the key components of goal accomplishment is ACTION. Often this is where were get caught up and end up giving up on our goals. By using a mind map to dissect your goal you’ll find that coming up with actions to make progress towards your goal will be much easier. Let’s take a look at this in 2 concrete examples.
3 Examples of Goals for which I used a Mind-map
Earn 5000 dollars per month in disposable income: One of the things that you’ll find by going through this exercise is that you will brain dump tons of ideas that you didn’t have before. For example, I recently started posting ads on craigslist for my services and have started to pick up freelance business.
Improved Confidence and Charisma in Social settings: While I’m not antisocial and don’t have any real issues talking to people, it’s definitely an area that I want to master to a point where I have natural charisma. As I dissected this goal more, it made me want to understand characteristics of charismatic people. I also discovered several worthwhile actions to take which included affirmations, visualization, and even listening to some new tape programs specifically focused on charisma.
Using a Mind-map to Find Your Dream Job: One of the mistakes I’ve seen people make in finding their dream job is that they just use a job title or keywords. But, wouldn’t it make more sense to make a mind-map of all the ideal characteristics of your dream job. When I did this, I got a whole new list of search results and options for positions that interested me.
Implementing this process into your goal setting efforts:
1. Write down your top 10 goals
2. Put each goal on a mind-map
3. Identify a series of actions for each goal
4. Find the easiest actions you can take immediately
5. Wash, Rinse Repeat
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and how you come up with the appropriate actions towards goal setting.
Srinivas Rao is a personal development blogger and avid surfer who writes at his two blogs The Skool of Life and Stoked for life. Follow him on twitter here.