Ever get tired of creating goals with lists? Do you ever feel goal setting is a chore?
I recently set up a new Coaching Client and during the process of starting sessions, I ask for a great deal of background as well as information on where they want to go and what they’d like to achieve by the end of our coaching sessions.
Typically, clients send me letters and lists, but to my delight and surprise he sent me a map of where he is and where he wants to go. I was totally impressed since I am a visual learner.
Let’s face it, most of us use lists for organizing our day and setting priorities! We write list after list and most of them, despite our good intentions, go undone because we are not inspired to take action.
Lists are good for implementation but not so good for creative thoughts to transform your life or business.
So instead of writing out your goals for the future, how about trying something new?
So here is a suggestion to jump start your creative juices. Instead of your normal list making (which by now is boring to you), let’s shake things up in your brain and try drawing a map. (Don’t worry, you’re the only person who will see it; your map doesn’t have to be pretty).
Start at the center of a sheet of paper with your challenge, problem, or situation you want solutions for.
Now all you have to do is start writing ideas around the central point of your map. Draw similar thoughts near each other and after working on these for a while, step back from the map and ask yourself what the connections are between these separate thoughts or ideas.
What will surprise you is that you will find there are themes and links you might not have expected to show up. By putting these links together you can come up with new approach that a straight-line list making strategy could not have shown you.
Here’s another suggestion for your map: if you can create small icons or pictures of your goals, you will find that, while reviewing your pictures, you will see how many of your ideas are linked together!
For creative thinking, you also might want to take this process outside in nature where you leave behind your cell phone and computer, and where you can actually get some relief from the relentless calls with other people’s needs and wants. Give yourself permission to actually ask yourself the question: What do I really want to create?
The truth is that most people just react to life. They don’t actually create a plan and then work the plan!
So if you have new goals, one of the first things you should do is get a support system. I have created a wonderful support system called: Overcoming Unproductive Behaviors.
It’s for people who have big ambitions, people who are creators and movers and shakers of the world. We all need coaches and systems to keep our talents, life energy, and focus on track.
Please check out the Unproductive Behaviors System. This system will assist you to create NEW GOALS AND PLANS to take the place of your old unproductive behaviors! Keep reading on the right column for more.
Blessings to you