I’ve become a big fan of Goal Mapping. I think it’s one of the few goal processes where all key factors are addressed. In a goal map you get to think about these four things:
- What you want to accomplish.
- Why this is important.
- How are you going to get to your destination.
- Who’s going to help you.
Many goal processes talk about what and how but most forget the really important stuff like why and who. It’s why that gives you the reasons you want to move forward. All outcomes require help and it’s useful to know who you’re going to ask before you start on your adventure.
After you’ve developed your map, you’ll want to think about rituals that you can use to help move the ball forward. These rituals will help you anchor your goal map in your subconscious. When you use the four anchors below your success rate will likely improve and be easier to track.
Sign your map and make a commitment.
After you build your goal map, sign it. The act of signing your map helps you make a commitment to move yourself in the direction you want to go. It’s not a big deal to sign your map. It is a big deal to make a commitment that you’ll be serious about pursuing activities that will help make your outcome real.
Look at the map and visualize the outcome every morning.
Put your map in place that you’ll see it every morning. For me, I keep my maps on my desk. The first thing I do when I go in my office is pick up my maps and take a look at what I want to accomplish. By doing this I’ve started my brain to recognize opportunities that can help me reach my outcome.
Say it out loud.
This is where it might start to get a little tough. I don’t know about you, but I often feel a little silly when I talk out loud about goals to myself. If you take the time to do this, you’ll find the more you say what you want out loud, the more you’re willing to change your behavior. When you change your behavior you start moving down the road to outcome achievement.
Share it with your family and friends.
This is the really hard part. When you publicly share your goals with those who are close to you, you make a commitment to others. It’s easy to tell yourself that you’re going to do something. It’s much harder to tell others that you’re going to do something. This act requires you to take action if you don’t want to look silly in front of those who matter in your life.
You see, if you don’t take action then all the goal planning in the world is a waste of time. The four steps above are all about taking action or at least helping you put yourself in a position to take action. I know that if you go through the steps of building a goal map, you’re going to want to achieve your outcome and build a better life. Having tools that help you take actions that you want to take will help you make movement towards your outcomes. Isn’t that what you want in to happen? If so, start by stepping a little outside your comfort zone and declare to the world what you want.
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