See the Big Picture to Mind Map Your Intentions

Posted on February 9th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Valued by QBeats, Workshops and Webinars

In this post, I will show you how to make a MIND MAP of LIFE GOALS using this information: a list of your core values, a description of what you want for yourself/your family/your blog or job, vision board or at least a worksheet or drawing of 5-8 main areas of what you want in your life in the next 10-20 years. (This post is valued by QBeats. Read this article for more on why I ask for payment for my work.) This is #3 of the 6 part series on “Getting Your Rear in Gear for the Year”

Reflect & Focus 3See the Big Picture and Mind Map Your Intentions


Part 1: Introduction – My Top Five Tools to Set Goals and Make Things Happen

Part 2:  Vision Boards – Define Your Style and Envision Your Life’s Goals

If you are just discovering this series, you might like to go back to #2 and complete the exercises.2014-02-01 18.56.54

It is important to have the following before continuing because I will show you how to make a MIND MAP of LIFE GOALS using this information:

  1. list of your core values
  2. a description of what you want for yourself/your family/your blog or job
  3. vision board or at least a worksheet or drawing of 5-8 main areas of what you want in your life in the next 10-20 years.

Give it a Try

Listen to Your Heart and Give Mind Mapping a Try!

I will be showing you how mind mapping helps to visualize your life goals and make a map for your journey. I like to use paper and markers for this, but I was introduced to a wonderful online resource called MindMeister that works beautifully. Mind maps can be used in many different ways and knowing how to make one is a valuable tool.


Here is a quick review of my workshop on how to “Define Your Style and Envision Your Life’s Goals” with some examples using my own life.

In the last section, I shared my Vision Board with you and talked about core values. A vision board helps us to define the goals that we have for our life. Knowing what you stand for, what you want in life and what makes you happiest will help you through every situation.

Here are my core values:

  • family
  • forgiveness
  • acceptance
  • integrity
  • unconditional love
  • dependability
  • authenticity

This is what I want for me:

I want to be my true self, express myself creatively, inspire others, help others. and meet people who inspire me. I want to build healthy positive relationships with my husband, children, friends and family. I want to use my talents to the best of my ability and continue to learn new skills and discover new things. I want to remain healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

On my Vision board on Pinterest, I have these pins:

  • I will help others – Quote: “I aspire to be a giver, of love, of good vibes, and of strength.”
  • I will do the things that I am most passionate about – Quote: “It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”
  • I will make a splash and inspire others – Meme: Should, Would, Could, Did – This is so me.
  • I will see my family take root and grow – a picture of a family tree.
  • I will enjoy the intimate loving moments with my husband like there is no tomorrow – picture of two cats looking at the moon.
  • I will maintain a positive outlook – Meme: “Attitude is everything” on a photo of a pile of sticky notes.
  • I will give love freely and expect nothing in return – a photo of hands cupped together holding a rose with unfolding petals and a quote: “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it is what you are expecting to give.”
  • I will stay true to myself and be the best version of me – Meme: “You are powerful beyond belief to change the way you LOOK, THINK, and FEEL.”

2012-11-18 07.49.59Let’s Mind Map It!

Mind mapping uses both sides of your brain because it allows you to use creative and organizational skills to logically map out anything, with step by step lists and eye pleasing visuals. This helps you to remember the way when you are making decisions about your life’s path. I feel as though I have found a deeper meaning and purpose in my life since I started mind mapping. If something doesn’t matter to me, it becomes a mere sign post which doesn’t always show up in the big picture. I want to see my destinations and the main roads I will take to get there when I look at my life journey map, don’t you?

Click on the examples to see an expanded view:

 Mind Mapping Examples

Try using MindMeister to create your mind map and/or vision board.

Yes, there is an ap for that!

Here’s your introduction to the most awesome mind mapping software. MindMeister is the leading online mind mapping software which comes with a very easy-to-use interface, lets you store your mind maps in the cloud, share and collaborate with friends or coworkers or even create presentations out of your mind maps.

2013-02-01 18.20.00Here are some tips:

  • Start with the little things and see where your mind takes you. Make a bubble on the map for each idea that comes to mind.
  • If you are a list maker – make a list, but leave lots of space around each concept.
  • Document all of your ideas by plotting them on the map.
  • Think BIG. Expand on each idea and try and see the big picture.
  • List steps or sub-ideas for each bubble.
  • If you are a journal writer or note taker – try to limit each main concept to a phrase or short description.
  • Expand on main concepts with off shoots and steps to make that idea a reality.
  • If you are used to brainstorming or  mind-dumping and like to write things as they pop up in your mind – great!  You can move those ideas around and expand on them.
  • Emphasize what is most important to you by moving it to the top.
  • Delete the redundant old ideas that keep coming back that you never get around to and delete anything that you think you are supposed to do or that is for the purpose of making someone else happy. Stick to what makes you feel happy.
  • Prioritize and remove items that you really don’t care about or have lost interest in.

Here is what I made on MindMeister using the exercise from the session on Vision Boards:

My Vision Mind Map

  • Post the mind map in a place where you can see it, or photograph it and put in on Pinterest. MindMiester allows you to store the maps on the cloud and can be accessed from any computer with internet.
  • When things in life get overwhelming, review the map.
  • Make new maps and get creative using the capabilities offered through the MindMeister software. I added photos from the web which made it so easy!
  • Don’t get too engrossed in the details and minutia of making the map that you never embark on your journey.
  • Go out and live!

Here is another example – this one just has pictures…the sky is the limit with #mindmapping!

Vision board

I can’t remember when I first heard the term “mind mapping.” I am sure I found it on the internet. It has been since I started blogging regularly. Using mind maps for planning came naturally to me. I used charts and drawings when I planned big events and conferences throughout my career. I called them schematics. You might be more familiar with organizational charts or flow charts. In fact, you can find all the shapes and graphics you need to make a mind map or flow chart on your computer with Microsoft Word or other word processing or graphic program like Publisher.

I haven’t had a need to make a flow chart in a decade! Yet, that is what a mind map is. It is a visual tool. Combined with the lists we make and the internal audio we listen to constantly, why not have a flow chart to go with it? I like the idea of having a map for my life’s journey. I can’t predict the future or avoid things that could happen to me along the way, but I will be prepared for a few things. Having a map prepares me because I know the direction I wish to go. I also know how I will react when things happen. I know how I will redirect to get back on track. Like having a GPS, I now have a tool to navigate my life.

Now, It’s Your Turn!

Here is a homework assignment for you:

Make a Mind Map and answer these questions. Come back and share your answers in the comments, if you like. I would love to get some feedback!

  1. What was the experience like for you?
  2. Did you get creative with colors and pictures?
  3. Did you use MindMeister or another program online?
  4. Did it help to see the big picture?
  5. Will you continue to use the mind mapping process to plan and set goals for yourself?
  6. How does this method compare to your current practice? Are you a list maker, note taker, or brain stormer?
  7. Did this help you to learn how mind maps work and how to make them?

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Special thanks to Silviu Oprean of Online Marketing at MindMeister – who saw a hashtag that I posted over a year ago when I started writing about #mindmapping and reached out to me and offered free usage of the program if I wanted to try it, and then went above and beyond by offering free licenses for my workshop so I could share my experience.  MindMeister is a terrific company! I was not paid nor do I represent MindMeister in any way. See my disclosure for details on why I post information like this (Disclosure.)

 Next time…How to choose a FOCUS word for the year. Inspiration and motivation for achieving your goals and being true to yourself.


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8 responses to “See the Big Picture to Mind Map Your Intentions”

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  3. mizmeliz says:

    I received the first tweet asking for #mindmapping @mindmeister from @_elangtimur The code is on the way to you Devy in Bandung, Indonesia!

  4. Linda Luke says:

    We so think alike. I use these tools in my own life and with my clients as well. Centering in on our values, dreams, and vision keeps us focused on what we want to create, allowing us to move forward with intention and grace.
    Great blog! Great work in the world!

  5. Mary Burris says:

    So much useful information here. It really does show that if your put your mind to it, it can happen. Thank you for sharing at Party Under The Big Top #BigTopBlogParty

    • mizmeliz says:

      Thank you Mary! I am so glad I came upon your Premiere of Party Under the Big Top today. I have already made some new friends and discovered some new blogs. Keep up the great work!

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