How to Mind Map a Goal

Mind mapping a goal is an organic process that breaks your central goal into projects, concepts, or ideas.

This method is perfect for the early or brainstorming stages of the goal mapping process. It is also helpful if you’re trying to sort out components of a goal and determine which are the most important and which can be deleted or delegated.

Supplies You Need:

  • Writing Utensil

  • Notebook or piece of paper

I really do recommend pen and paper versus doing this on a computer. There is something about the act of writing that is different from typing and allows the mind to flow and create in an easy way.

Step One:

Write Your Central Goal

Step Two:

Branching out from the center, braindump all the supporting projects and concepts.

Step Three:

Create smaller tasks, projects, and ideas that nest beyond the second layer.

You’ll begin to see a spiderweb of concepts form. Some pods might connect to one another. Draw a dotted line to connect the ones that do.

After your mind mapping session, you can review and refine your ideas into lists, calendars, and so on.

Some Important Things to Keep in Mind:

  • There is no right or wrong thing to include in the mind map. It is a version of brainstorming/braindumping.

  • During the refining process turn your ideas and random thoughts into intentional projects. Your behaviors and follow-through are the only controllable. When you are goal planning it is important you not hang your value or self-worth on things that are outside of your control. While you can't control someone else's decision to buy, action, follow, (or any other call to action you've chosen), you can control how you show up and why. That's your focus! (As I heard Ashlyn Carter, a conversion copy-writer and fellow Harry Potter nerd once say: Keep your eyes on your own paper.)

Mind mapping is a wonderful way to get into a creative flow state. I find just the act of writing begins to bring out ideas and dreams. Use this at the beginning of a year, quarter, month, or week to help define your goals.

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