Wise-up Wednesday: Why Should I Mind Map 2014 Goals?

Base Goal Map

Base Goal Map

About half of the adult population makes some type of new year’s resolution.  And according to statistics, less than ten percent of those resolutions are maintained.

Change is hard.  Change requires motivation. Change requires setting aspiring goals.

In this post by Michael Hyatt, http://michaelhyatt.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-commit-your-goals-to-writing.html, he gives compelling reasons to have a visual representation of your goals.  Number two is that it will motivate you to take action.  My top learning style is visual, so I know the power of seeing my thoughts on paper to tap into this brain-eye coordination.

There are several reasons your brain is more likely to engage in success when you write out your goals in Mind Map style:

Adding Details

Adding Details

1)  You create one more review when you write out your thoughts (5 reviews = long term memory)

2)  Color = WAKES up your brain

3)  Colors help your brain associate data for order, focus, and future recall

4) Only KEY words are included, therefore it is fast and effective to review and engage

5) A picture is worth a thousand words

6) Maps are flexible. Quickly add detail as it comes to you mind: now or later.

I have included a simple base map with the four main life dimensions, plus some areas of inspiration to me: Travel and Purchases.  As I progress I will add sub topics to Purchases: Investments; Needs; Desires.

Additional Base Goal Maps:

  • Main Life Relationships/Roles [Spouse; Parent; Son or Daughter; Friend; Community Member; Employer or Employer; Committee Member]
  • Project Goal Map [list all current and projected projects like home remodeling or business expansion plans]
  • Travel
  • Career
  • Parenting/Family Goals
  • Make individual Mind Maps for each life dimension [Physical; Social/Emotional; Spiritual; Mental]
  • Family Goal Map – ask each family member his/her goals for the year in each life dimension.  Ask for two main accomplishments in 2014 [family ski trip to Colorado or ‘build my own computer’ or ‘get all A’s in school]

If you have been one of the statistics who have fallen off the goal-setting map or have started-stopped-started again-etc. Perhaps you will try this new method.  I cannot guarantee 100 percent success-that is up to your inspiration and perspiration, however, I can guarantee that most of you will have more fun creating your goals than you ever have before.  Research shows that when we have fun we create positive emotional association to an event, which makes us more likely to want to return.

My wish for you in 2014 is that you will be filled with Peace, Power, Patience, and Prosperity

so that you may overflow with Love and Grace.

Happy New Year!

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