I am pumped for 2009 and ready to take on the world. Taking on the world means setting specific goals and then working towards achieving those goals every day. Right now I’m working on 2009 mind maps for myself and my business using Mindjet MindManager Pro. Mind mapping is a great way to set and track your goals. I first started using it for project management and then realized it’s great for life management too. If you don’t want to purchase mind mapping software, Freemind is a great mind mapping program that you can download for free here.
This is my mind map from 2008:
I know it’s hard to see but you get the idea. I start with goal categories like business, personal, philanthropy, experiences, travel, and learning. Within each category I set “bigger picture” goals first. Bigger picture goals are ones that have have a deadline for 2 to 5 years. Even though the goal won’t be accomplished this year, it’s good to keep things in perspective and have a reminder of what I’m working towards. After the bigger picture goals I set micro goals. These are very specific goals with tasks, actions, and milestones that I need to accomplish. I mark my unaccomplished goals with a ‘thumbs down’ image and once it is accomplished I give it a ‘thumbs up.’
Once I’m finished my mind map I will make a vision board for the year. It’s something I always do for my birthday (which is tomorrow). I’m sure most of you know what a vision board is since it was made popular by The Secret. I will talk more about Vision Boards once mine is complete.
“To make your goals live you need to speak them out; you need to share them with other people; you need to ask others to hold you to account, to help you, to encourage you.” ~Peter Bennett