Goal Mapping – The System for Success

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The first question that I am sure you are asking is “what on earth is Goal Mapping?” Those of you who have been associated with Personal Development in any way shape or form will no doubt have encountered Goal Setting. It is highly likely that if you have encountered any aspect of Accelerated Learning, you will have heard about, or may even have used Mind Mapping. So what is Goal Mapping? Probably the simplest explanation is that Goal Mapping is a combination of Goal Setting and Mind Mapping. However it is more than just the combination of these two skills. Goal Mapping is the principle tool of the L.I.F.T. System for Success developed by Brian Mayne. To really understand and learn how to use Goal Mapping effectively, I strongly recommend that you get hold of Brian Mayne’s Goal Mapping Home Study Pack.

Traditional Goal Setting is something that all successful people do. If you doubt the power of Goal Setting then it is probably worth telling you about a study that was done in the US a few years ago. The graduating class of a prominent university was asked whether or not they had written goals for the future. Only 3% had actually written down what they wanted to do with their lives. Another 7% had an idea but had not written them out and the remaining 90% had no goals at all. Interestingly enough, when the same class was followed up 20-30 years later, the 3% who had written goals when they graduated were worth more financially than the other 97% put together.

Now wealth isn’t the only measure of success and so it was interesting to note that these same 3% were also happier, more fulfilled and generally more than satisfied with their lives. Clearly setting goals can have a significant impact on someone’s success. Now traditional goal setting has simply consisted of writing down a list of wishes or dreams, identifying a date for them and then writing out a plan of how to achieve those outcomes.

Now let us think about Accelerated Learning. Ground breaking research in the late 1970s and early 1980s identified the Left and Right Brain split. Essentially this research recognised that the left side of the brain predominantly processed logical type activities such as the use of words, lists, logic, analysis and numbers. The right side of the brain predominantly processed more artistic type activities such as the use of colour, rhythm, spatial awareness, pictures, daydreaming and imagination. This research substantiated the assumptions that had led to the development of graphical note taking techniques and especially that of Mind Mapping that specifically encouraged the use of colour and pictures. These methods utilized both sides of the brain including for the first time the right brain, something that traditional educational methods had failed to do, and resulted in much improved thinking, learning and creative performance.

If you listen to Brian Mayne’s incredible story on the tape set that form part of the Goal Mapping Home Study Pack, you will discover how Brian brought together the concept of Goal Setting and Mind Mapping together. He realised that although powerful, traditional Goal Setting had been a predominantly left brain activity as goals were written in the form of lists of words. He recognized that for the brain to fully engage in the goal setting process, it needed to have the goals firmly imprinted on the subconscious and the most effective way of doing that was through emotionally charged pictures and images that stimulated the right side of the brain.

Brian’s own research led him to develop his own success system. I think it is important to stress at this point that this system, together with Goal Mapping, is based on the practical application of fundamental principles. One of the things I like most about Brian’s approach to personal development is that he has tried and tested everything he teaches in the real world. To those of you who may be well versed in some of the more sophisticated forms of personal development, Goal Mapping may appear to be a very simple concept. Well it is, but it is a proven concept that does work in the real world and is easy to apply. It certainly follows the adage that the best and most effective ideas are often the simplest. Brian’s Success System is based on the principles described in the following extract from the Goal Mapping Home Study Pack:

1. Raise Awareness – Our effectiveness in life is closely linked to our awareness of it. The more aware we become of our own habits, desires and motivations, the more effective we can be in regularly producing our best. The more aware we are of other people, their habits and desires, the more successful we can be in creating synergy. Even before making a single decision, whether in a group or as an individual, we need to become aware of all of the various influencing factors.

2. Develop Possibility Consciousness – By developing possibility consciousness we open our mind and free ourselves from any preconceived limitations, allowing ourselves to look beyond our old paradigms of possibility, and on to form new visions of opportunity, potential and abundance.

3. Find Balance Through the Lessons of Life – Life is the greatest of all teachers. Learning the lessons of life encourages us to examine our own experience and the experience of others, thereby defining past mistakes and triumphs, which allows us to form new strategies for success in the future.

4. Be on Purpose – Everyone is born with a purpose, something they can excel in. When you are “on purpose” life works with you, when you are not, your power to create is dissipated. To be on purpose, you must first find your purpose, this becomes one of the major lessons of life.

5. Become Fully Response-Able – Responsibility means the ability to choose our response. Becoming fully response-able means having the ability to choose a positive pro-active response even to a negative situation. Response-Ability is the birthplace of inner freedom and the foundations of personal power.

6. Maintain Positive Focus – Whatever we focus on, grows in our awareness of it and moves us closer towards it. By maintaining a positive focus we can stay aware of the possible obstacles, while concentrating fully on the desired potential and move forward with concentrated effort.

7. Involve to Evolve – The sharing of information is an essential part of growth for both the giver and the receiver. Individuals grow by overcoming difficulties. Synergy is created by groups of individuals working in harmony and sharing ideas. Involving individuals in the process of solving group difficulties increases commitment, creates synergy and promotes personal evolution.

Goal Mapping is the tool that Brian developed to Maintain Positive Focus through the power of Goal Setting. By realising that the effectiveness of any goal setting programme lay in its ability to impress upon and stimulate the subconscious Brian combined traditional Goal Setting with Mind Mapping. By doing this he eliminated the left brain limitations of conventional goal setting practice and harnessed the right brain processing necessary to stimulate the subconscious.

The steps to complete a Goal Map are as follows (you will see an example at the bottom of the page):

Step 1 – Dream – This first step requires you to let go of any self-limiting beliefs and ideas and just dream about life just the way you want it to be. Imagine it is Christmas and you can have anything you want with the wave of a magic wand. Really imagine this new life for yourself and experience how you would feel if you were living that life now. Now quickly write down all of the things that made that dream special.

Step 2 – Order – Now from this ideal life, pick your top five goals. When you have done that, identify your number one goal.

Step 3 – Draw – Step 3 requires you to take a clean sheet of paper and about one third of the way down from the top draw a picture or symbol that represents your number one goal. You don’t have to be an artist to do this because the drawing or sketch will be symbolic of your goal; however, try and use as much colour as possible. Then draw two lines each side of your number one goal and draw pictures or symbols representing each of your four remaining goals.

Step 4 – Why – This step asks you to reflect on the emotional “why” you will achieve these goals. From the top of your image of your number one goal use key words, pictures or symbols for your emotional reasons.

Step 5 – When – Place your start date at the bottom of the goal map and then draw two parallel lines up to your completion date that you should write just under your number one goal.

Step 6 – How – Down the right hand side of the path you have drawn between your start and completion dates, identify what resources you will need, interim objectives you will need to complete or skills you will have to attain before your goals will be realised. This is the HOW of your goal setting.

Step 7 – Who – As Brian says, any goal of any value will require advice, assistance or support from someone else. Place the names of these people down the left hand side of the path you have drawn between your start and completion dates.

Now to make the Goal Mapping process effective, it is crucial that you review your Goal Map every day and take the necessary action to achieve your goals. The more emotionally attached to the process you can get, the more effective it can be.

So who can use Goal Mapping? Well the answer to that is just about anyone. It is an especially useful technique for introducing goal setting to children and young people in general. Not only is it a stimulating process but it is also interesting and very very effective. My recommendation to you is that you try it out for yourself. You will get the most benefit from getting hold of the Home Study Pack or even attending one of Brian’s seminars.

Source: Positively Mad