Steps to the Mission-Minded Day

Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission. – Zig Ziglar

Do you have a written mission?  A mission in your mind?  Do you know what you want your life to portray?  Are your daily actions clearly reflecting your mission?

Sometimes…. honestly – many times – I can have way too many missions in my mind to do any ONE of them any good on a daily basis.  So I have decided to make a reasonable and manageable approach to being mission-minded each day:

  1. Write down the mission for today
  2. Compare it to my life mission – if it complements than it is approved, if not, it is re-worked
  3. Set my daily focus
  4. Take actions in alignment with the mission

For example, today my mission is financial organization and overseeing family. Both are agreeable with my life mission, so the FOCUS:

  1. Prepare for Austin’s movie party
  2. Revise budget and set new goals for 2015


  • Buy party supplies [food, drinks, movie]
  • Clean and organize game room and family room
  • Review financial data [stocks, insurances, retirement, estimated college expenses, etc]
  • Revise budget spreadsheet
  • Set meeting day & time to have family goal setting and agreement on spending

Of course there will be many other items screaming for attention.  There will be hundreds more action items; but the goal of the Mission-Minded Day is to have your top priorities at the front of your mind so that they become the main priority for this day.

A mission statement is not something you write overnight… But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life. – Stephen Covey


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,, 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!

Wise-up Wednesday: Unblocking Creativity #2

Robert Epstein (1996) insists that no idea is new.  Well, even that idea is old since King Solomon said it thousands of years ago [Eccl 1:9]!  Epstein goes on to say all ideas build on previous knowledge.  He believes (as I do) that everyone can be creative and has outlined 4 reasons for most of our blocked creativity:

1)  Lack of method or habit for capturing creative ideas when they occur

2)  Reticence about taking on challenging, creative tasks that seem impossible or overwhelming

3)  Failure to learn any significantly new subject matter

4)  Living and working in environments that do not inspire

This Wise-up Wednesday we are tackling Creativity Blocker #2.

 Trying something new and far from the norm can seem risky. Risk taking can be scary!  What if I look like a fool?  What if my idea fails?  What are the risks [will I lose money, pride, friends, investors, etc]?  Trying something new does not have to be overwhelming. Put your plan on paper and include the “go for the gusto” dreams and then begin marking out reasonable and incremental steps to get you there.  The kind of steps that will not break the bank all at one time, you know – like what diversification is to stock brokers!  Essentially you have a long term goal or a GUSTO GOAL with baby steps to get you to the pot of gold. 

Don’t forget to celebrate the successes along the way at each incremental mark.  Don’t break the bank in rewards, but do pat yourself on the back and make it worth working toward the next incremental goal, as you work toward the GUSTO GOAL.

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