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Video 12 - Goal Mapping Part 3

Welcome back. This is the third and final "Goals" module and I hope it will be a short one.
So, let's get started.

I left you with a checkpoint exercise to write down your keywords for your OG goal, personal best goal, dumb goal and smart goals.

For the purpose of completeness, I’ll just add my dumb goal to the map.
Do you recall what I was talking about in the second goals video?

My “doodling-unlimited-time-slightly-mad-but-best-effort” goal was connected with experiences around me over the past couple of weeks: the online kaizen-type course that I came across, my ongoing interest in project management and engineering improvements, and the fact that I'm living in Japan.

That all adds up to a keyword for my dumb goal of “Kaizen”, the Japanese word for continuous improvement.

And that word on my goal map is all I need to see to stimulate this dumb ability. I'm not making fun of this dumbness in the sense that it's a lesser version of goal setting. It's may be equally as important as smart goal setting or any other form of goal setting because it's something which will work in the background. It's kind of like a batch process. It's running in the background and it will be triggered primarily by your surroundings and by your awareness of them.

Oftentimes you can't predict when you'll be stimulated to start looking at a dumb goal such as a Kaizen goal. For example, I might be in a restaurant and suddenly something strikes me about how they've organized the tables or how they've changed from the last time I was there. If I go there with all those things in mind, I might have a very boring restaurant experience, especially if I'm with a friend who is not entirely sold on my Kaizen goal behavior!

Don’t be surprised if the dumb goals retreats into the background of your awareness. But now and again, it will come to the foreground and you should be ready to record it before you forget it.

What about the smart goal? Where does that come from? If you recall, I said that you should look at your OG goal and your personal best goal before coming up with smart goals.

One reason for doing that should be self-evident now. If you have an OG goal and personal best goal and perhaps your Kaizen dumb goal too, you may be overrun with ideas that you want to implement. And these ideas, I would suggest to you, are very often best implemented as smart goals.

The obvious one for me is if I look at my 1% personal best goal of 2,739 yen net daily profit. Well, that isn't going to happen by itself, it's going to require some active creation by me. And as I am in the info product, coaching and mentoring business, it seems a natural goal to set: that I would create a product.
(Just for the sake of this exercise, I’ll call it product # 1.)

Without products I am going to find it difficult to get past my personal best goal. Product #1 can be the start of a smart goal and on my goal creation map I could proceed to start drawing branches and annotating what this product might look like, making this map become quite complex. At the moment I’ve hidden a lot of the nested structure here, but it could become very complex and fill an A3 size of paper or more.

For that type of situation, what I suggest you do, if you have a mind mapping software tool, is branch off to another map and save the new map as "productone.mgmf”.
The branching point is a "Product 1" keyword and I could then proceed to follow a smart goal setting approach on this map to design the product. If you attempt this approach, you may find that it starts to stimulate almost unstoppable creativity and ideas. And you can then link to any relevant map and reference it when you need to, and update it when you need to.

Tracking Your Goals

One of the things that you may find interesting when you create your goal map is to track how you're getting on with particular goals. Although you can do it in a journal or spreadsheet or on another piece of paper, you can also track it using the mind mapping software product.

For example, this icon is an ‘action tool’. I right-clicked it and there are a number of things like start dates and end dates that I'm not going to do at the moment, but for the sake of argument, let's say I did achieve my (1%) PB goal. I could mark it as 100% complete.

The nice thing about that is later on when you're doing your weekly or monthly goals review, you can very easily mouse over the particular goal and see where you are. That's a feature of this particular (MindGenius) software product.

I can also run other reports and filters to extract similar information from a more complicated map. But from a simple map, you can simply mouse over it and it's very easy to see where you are. It's quite stimulating to track that.

You can also save the map in a different format - I could save the map as a Word document or as an Acrobat PDF file, and I can get these numbers extracted automatically. They will show up within the Word or PDF document.

In the next video we're going to go on and use the "Directed imagination” approach, so your map's going to become a lot more interesting and a lot more colorful and you're going to be stimulated to become even more creative.