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Video 04 - Goal Mapping Tools

In this module we are going to take a look at the process behind creating your goal creation maps. So, I’ll be demonstrating some of the software features of MindGenius to you. Just before we do that, let's remind you of one of the actions that you should have taken by now. That is, have you completed this sentence?

My change the game goal is to be... I better complete it as well!
In my case, it is: “to be a successful business owner.”
So, I am moving from employee status to owner status in my world.

[01:06] Basically we will spend the rest of this short lesson - it is a lesson here rather than a coaching session - showing you the basic structure that you should be aiming at following along with. Make sure you have a pencil and at least two pieces of paper. One piece of paper will correspond to the map – equivalent to the right hand side of the screen here. And the other piece of paper will correspond to any notes you need to take but don’t want to add directly to the map.

In the center of your piece of paper write down this expression:
Goal creation maps:
change your game.

The Keyword Concept

As you go through the course you will be creating a goal map. (Although the map is not the goal itself, it will give you a high level view of what you're trying to do right from the start.)

[02:17] You may not have all the detail – similar to when you’re in a high altitude plane looking down at the ground. You may only see some of the terrain, and some of the contours. Until you drop down in altitude you may not see much more. So we will approach the goal creation method in a similar way.

The keyword concept is to use single words for the branches in your map. Here’s an example. The type of people who might be using this course most effectively - who are you out there?

Well in my world, from the market research I’ve done, there are a number of categories. One category is people who are typically termed midlife changers or transition folks. They may be midlife - they very often are in their forties or fifties, just like me.

• They might be younger – they’re increasingly younger these days.
• They might be changing careers within one field and going into another field.
• They might be leaving the corporate world altogether.
• They might be just entering it - and that is a form of transition.

I can sum all of those people up by just writing, “changer”.
Using a single word is a key rule to remember here.
Don’t be tempted to start writing lots of explanatory words or hyphenated words on your map.

Always summarize it down to one word even though that word might describe a very broad category. You might feel you can't capture everything in one word. It doesn't matter. If you need to make any reminder notes, just put them in the notes column.

A second category of people that this course may cater to would be Small Office Home Office (SOHO) professionals e.g. Accountants, Web designers, Mom-preneurs. There's a whole category of people like that who are based at home. And they sometimes need some direction in creating business goals and getting processes working for them. That's a big “change the game” for many of these people.

[04:25] And a third category that I’ve identified would be coaches (SOHO-based as well as corporate in-house – and covering life, business, career and executive coaching).

MindGenius ‘Notes’ Demonstration

(This section assumes that you are watching the video and using these transcript notes as a reference.)

So just to demonstrate the linear Notes function, if I wanted to make a mental note, I could highlight “coaches” and then over here, on the left-hand side, I could make my note:

Life and career coaches.

OK let's reduce the zoom here a little bit. So that's the first keyword branch. Obviously, I could go into other branches and I could break “changer” down. I may do that from time to time. You might do that if you've got enough paper...and in theory, according to the mind mapping folks, you could make your maps very big. You could have multiple maps joined together in lots of branches.

My experience so far suggests that if we keep the map to one page, it will work best. If you need to do additional maps, that will flow out of the review process. And by the fact that you need to do additional maps! But initially you do not.

[06:05] You can get almost everything you need - 80% of what you need - on a single page map. And the rest will be stimulated by no less than, your imagination. That's a key concept on this course.

You will use your imagination and you will use it in a particular way. You will use it in what I call a direct way- where you're directing your imagination. And it is the map that is helping to do that. Another way to view it is - you are using the map to stimulate your imagination and to come up with goals.

• Or to come up with tasks.
• Or to come up with visions you feel will fit in with a particular area of your life.
• Or roles that you need to play.
• Or values that you hold but haven't identified in your life before.
• Or new values that you need to hold and work on.

So directed imagination is very powerful and this course is fundamentally based around that. Now let's talk a little bit about goals. We're not competing here with goal setting books and courses and processes. There's a lot of stuff out there - just Google "goals" and you'll be overrun with information - a lot of it, very good. We are more interested in getting you to look at how you create the goal in the first place. Where does it come from?

[07:28] One key thing is: “we gotta face reality”. You've probably come here because you're faced with reality and you want to change it… your reality, what's out there. It exists.
It seems to be tangible.
It seems to be real

A very important thing is to realize that these maps can help you deal with that reality. And in a coaching sense, how we deal with it is basically in two ways:

a) Awareness – increasing.
b) Responsibility – taking more.

Good coaching will get you to focus on your reality and what's possible for you by raising your awareness of what's going on, and of what isn't going on – in your category of interest.

Once you get into that frame of mind, there's no stopping you because you will then start to take on what I term a “responsibility mindset”.
This can be viewed simply as a kind of scale or meter.
At the lowest end of the scale you take zero responsibility for changing something or for the effects of something on your life. And at the other end of the scale – the 100% value - you take total responsibility.

I'm not here to tell you what your truth is in your particular situation. I don't know you and I don't know your situation. But you'll have to examine it and you'll often find that you can change very dramatically what you’re capable of achieving, or whatever is happening currently in your life - just by becoming:

a) More aware of it.
b) Examining to what degree you can take more responsibility for changing it.

This is a course about changing and taking action. If you're not responsible, it's very difficult to take much action. And you may be dependent completely on others. Or you may have given that dependability, or responsibility, to other people, without even realizing it in some cases.

OK. And that, I guess, introduces the concept of coaching as well. It isn't really important to go into definitions of coaching here.

You can ‘Google’ that if you're really interested. Or go to the coaching school web site I talked about in my bio video. But I think it's important to realize that in this course I'm assuming a coaching mindset. I'm trying to impart some knowledge and processes and skills in a way that you can adapt and use for yourself. And I'm doing this by using a coaching mindset to help bring it further into your awareness.

I am presenting a framework and structure that I’ve have seen work for others and that you can follow along with.

Admittedly, this is done asymmetrically. You're not able to ask questions directly to me because it’s one-way. I'm not teaching you – in the traditional “instructional” meaning of the word. I'm not telling you, “This is what you have to do”.
I'm giving you a map (outline) that you then create.  Along with some broad-brush guidelines as to how you actually create the map. So that's really the coaching framework that we're going to be following.

The Value of Checkpoints

[10:50] And then we also have these checkpoints that are in most videos.
You can call them homework or exercises or fieldwork. There's no escaping it. I think if you want to get the most out of any course, some form of review, some form of activity-based review, is essential. It seems to work well.

You've already had one (checkpoint). You had to complete your basic idea of the goal. Even if you're not totally happy with what you've got - put something down.

And then we will refine that with further checkpoints as we go into additional modules. But the key point is you're taking action. And I emphasize that concept again because I think it's critical. Very often, in the past, I’ve fallen prey to doing a lot of planning beforehand. And putting off the action because the planning wasn't complete or I felt there was more planning to do.

It just didn't get going on the action side. What I feel works very well, at least for me and for the people I’ve coached, is to get into action as quickly as you can. Sometimes that action is very small. It's very feeble. It's like a seed being planted. And there doesn't seem to be a lot happening initially.

But the very fact that you're focusing on taking action, and then refining your journey, or your process, as you go along, is powerful beyond belief. Rule #1 for changing the game is “take action”.
OK. That's it for the first video here.
We are going to move into creating your bio-map in the next one.
See you there.