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Video 15 - Publish

Welcome back. We've finished the action module and you're in action, I hope!
Let’s go straight in to the publishing module.

If you've been following along then you have effectively already self-published.
You just haven't told anybody!

So publishing is kind of an academic thing at this point in the course. But you do have some options to make things look a bit better, certainly to make sure you keep your work safe.

Backup Your Maps!

One thing to bear in mind is that having a paper version of your map is strongly recommended. If it's a letter or A4 sized version, you can put it in a little plastic folder to keep it safe and carry it around with you. You can then take a look at it whenever you have a particular moment.

It can be very stimulating, especially if you've got an interesting dumb goal.

Something comes to mind and then you look at your map and think: “Ah! That would fit in there.” You can write a short note about what that's inspiring you to think or do. I strongly recommend that you keep a paper copy with you.

There are other things you can do - that people into self-development often do. Some will tape it to their computer monitor at home or work - if they don't mind it being publicly readable by others.
(Be careful on that point, if there's some information that is private.)

Others treat it like New Year’s Resolutions in January - where you write out your goals in a diary and then don't even look at it until the following December the 31st.

I recommend that you use the powers of repetition and accountability, and keep your goal map with you. At least know where it is, and have access to it, and occasionally take a look at it. The review process (which we'll talk about at the end of the course) will require you to take a look at it.

You might end up being able to memorize it! The map should be simple enough that you can do that – that’s also why I recommend keeping it to 1-page and only using single keywords.

Nonetheless, the visual effect of looking at the map and also holding it in your hands can be very powerful.

You don't want to lose this map. If you only have a paper version, then take a copy of it and keep that copy safe somewhere. This is an important piece of work. It's a “change-the-game” component of your life. It's not just something to carelessly lose or throw away. Otherwise I would suggest that you're not really in the change-the-game mode of thinking.

If you have the software version you have more options here. You can save the map to your hard drive under another name, you can save it to a thumb-sized external flash memory drive, you can upload it to a website or you can even store it on your Gmail account as an attachment.

Make sure you have a software back-up. By doing that you're telling a part of yourself that this information is important, and “I” don't want to lose it. I want to keep it accessible.

Publishing On the Internet

For some people nowadays, social networking sites are a very attractive place to hang around in. They're mostly free; just search for “social networking and self-development”. Some are better than others.

You can remain ‘virtually’ anonymous in a social networking site or you can reveal more of who you are. You can also post support for other peoples' goals and visions as well as posting your own.

Make an informed choice as to how much you want to reveal about yourself and how much you want to keep private. I can't really advise you on what’s best for you here. If you are in what I call a “change-the-game” mode of thinking and doing, then some of your immediate family, work colleagues and friends will probably know or detect that something is going on. Again, you have the public/private dilemma to work through. How much you tell other people who are closer to you is really up to you.

But I would say this - choose people that you can take into your confidence, that you trust. Choose people who are supportive rather than destructive. Choose people who want to see you do well, rather than those who are envious of you.

And that's a judgment call.

If you have a trusted friend or a mentor or an older person that you feel you can talk to about all this, then I would encourage you to explore that option.

If you have a coach, that's one of the real benefits of a coach. They can take an impartial but passionate view of your life and what you're trying to do, without imposing their agenda on whatever decisions you make.

They can help you reflect back to yourself what it is you're doing and what it is you're showing and presenting to other people.

Sometimes you can't get that from the process we're doing together at the moment, where you're doing most of the work yourself - after you've listened to me. And you might need a period of reflection and private, confidential space in which to do it well.

That's where coaching can help, even group coaching, if you don't want to go into a one-to-one coaching relationship. Group coaching is a very powerful and affordable way of doing that in a supportive space with others who are protective and encouraging.

For Your Eyes Only

I also want to point out that you can make the map a lot more attractive by changing fonts and colors and styles and so forth. The ‘bare bones’ is what you can see here. And for most people that's probably enough.

However, I will do a couple of things. I think I did demonstrate the basics of this before. But on this program, for example, I may want to highlight particular areas that I'm working on. My most important change-the-game goal was this career goal. So I’ve put this in a yellow bubble. If I want to, I can shade the other parts of the map in a similar fashion.

Another thing that I may want to do is look at this goals map from a top-down perspective - and I can do that in a number of ways.

One way is to save it as a MS-Word document. I can save it right here from this MindGenius program. There are various options to deal with styles and whether I also want the image inserted into the Word document. I will just accept the defaults and see what it does.

Hopefully you can see that. That's the map at the very beginning of the Word document. Let's adjust the orientation of the page. Then it basically takes each branch and sub-branch of the map and puts it into the Word document. You might recognize some of the keywords we talked about earlier.

There is very little document text because I haven't added that many notes to the keywords. I did that for a reason. I didn't want to get bogged down in annotating (in sentence format) a lot of my thinking, as we were going through the modules and coming up with change-the-game goals.

You might be thinking that here's an opportunity. Once you have your drafted your basic Goal Creation Map you could then save it as a Word document and annotate it later. Spend an hour or so being stimulated by the linear structure.

You can also print out the map so you can refer to the graphic format while you are thinking of the sentences to use. Some people are linear thinkers. They like to think top-down even though there is not necessarily a top down structure as to how you are going to approach a change-the-game goal.

One of the really cool things is when you've done that; you can re-import it back into the MindGenius software. Other programs might do the same thing from other vendors, other makers. I'm not familiar with them so you'd have to check that out.

Perhaps you can see a very powerful method here for publishing your original map into a Word format and then going off and thinking about that and then editing the Word document. Finally, re-import it into the MindGenius document and the sentences will show up as notes. The headings and sub-headings in the Word document format will show up as branches and sub-branches on the map, although you may have to tidy things up a little.

Something else you can do is you can save the map as an acrobat PDF file. For example, you might want to publish or store it somewhere but you don't want people to edit it. You can do that with the pdf option.

Checkpoint Exercise:

1) Create a backup of your goals map.
2) Decide the publishing plan for your goals map.