Mapping is Fun and Useful
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
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
2) Quality of company
Future Possibilities of Success
4) Characteristics of the company
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
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
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.
a Mind Map
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