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”
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
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:
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.
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:
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:
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.)