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Mind Mapping for Vision

 

Mind Mapping is a way to take your main thoughts about a project, and place them on paper as a sketch.  The more elaborate your project, the more detailed the sketch. This helps you see your project as a concrete vision.

The good thing is, you do not have to write it out in full or abbreviate words.

For example if your niche is  Jazz Singing, you would simply start off with that being the main topic.

Then think of sub topics related to singing.

This could be:

Alexander Technique

Songwriting

Local Choir

Sightsinging

Piano Lessons

Warm Up Technique

Jazz Teacher

Pilates Exercise

Breathing Technique

With sub topics such as Lyrics, Rhyming,   Rhythm, Chorus, Bridge , Tempo

Staccato, Music Keys, Scales, Arpeggio, Grades, Chords, Ergonomic piano stools,

You Get The Idea….

What is Mind Mapping For?

It is for sketching out your planned vision so that you can look at it instead of dreaming.  I have discovered people who write their goals out, and look at them several times a day, have more focus and clearer thinking as a result.

This is where mind mapping comes into play – a written dream board.  Talking of dreamboards, you can also stick photos of your dreams and visions for the next 3 months, – 2 years on to an A3 whiteboard or cardboard.

For example, a garden flat, a piano or a style of clothes that suits you.

Points to remember;

  • Keep it simple
  • Use different coloured marker pens to emphasise each vision category.
  • Take pictures of it and save to your mobile, so that you can view it on the go.
  • Make some photocopies to place in certain parts of your room or house
  • Remember it takes approximately 3 months to unlearn a bad habit or gain a good one.

For example, Proverbs 2:10-11 says this;

When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you, and understanding shall keep you

If you have been taught negative thinking or have negative friends, it can seep into your sub-conscious mind without you realising it.  There is another saying that old habits die hard.

So How Are You Going to Change?

Possessions make you happy for a short while and then what?  The next shiny button?  Take a minute to pause and think of ways you can become a better person. Someone with character who knows what to say and the way to say it.  For example, becoming kinder, gentle and slower speaking.

Channel your thoughts into creativity rather than watching TV for 3 hours a week.  Your life is worth more than gold.  It is priceless!  Why worship video gaming when you could build a Tiny House for the homeless?

Think about it – train your mind, renew it and think of your dream board from a different perspective. You need a million pounds because you would like to give to your favourite charity.  Brilliant.   Let’s start with the small change first.

You see the thing is, every person you hear of who is a millionaire, not only has a different mindset, they are very big givers.  Who started with a few pounds and made it multiply.  I reasoned that there are spenders, watchers, savers and investors.

 

  • Spenders do just that, every chance to spend is taken.  Left with an empty barrel at the end of the month
  • Watchers watch how they spend their money and calculate what they spend, when they spend and, on what.
  • Savers save most of their money.  And can be quite stingy sometimes!
  • Investors tend to save some of their money and then invest some into stocks shares, property or even land.

 

  • Givers are those who first give to church or charity
  • Save some
  • Invest some
  • Watch how their investments are prospering, then
  • Spend some

Personally, I found that once I decided to be a little more cautious with my spending habits, and give at the appropriate time to the right people, my finances flourished.

So What Has This Got to Do With Mind Mapping?

Plenty.  You can do a Financial Mind Map for yourself, a Spiritual Mind Map, A Physical Exercise Mind Map and a Friendships  Mind Map.  Let us do this together!

 

Financial Mind Map

Would you call yourself a spender?  Do you keep to your budget?  Have you anything left over at the end of the month?  If not – let us start with a budget mind map. List your  income and write it down.

Write down everything you spend on a daily basis for a whole week.  At the end of the week, look for ways where you can spend less money on unimportant things.  Yes, food is important, but it shouldn’t be at the top of your list.   Think of  a Church or Charity that you can bless with one tenth of your income.

Put this in an envelope marked Charity. Put it somewhere safe.   Next, prioritise what you need your money for – meaning write what you spend in order of importance.

It could be something like:

Charity

Savings

Rent/ Mortgage

Food

School Fees

Insurance

Electricity

Gas

Travel

Entertainment

Now you have listed details of your income and outgoings, Your Mind Map will look like this when you have written down your list in detail:

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As a Dream Board, now write and display pictures of your dreams and visions for yourself, future and family.  It does not necessarily have to be a car or a house, but maybe more theme park trips with your children.  If you need to cut pictures from your magazines to fill your dream board, fine.  Ultimately, you want a dream board reflecting where you want to be financially, in the next two years.

 

Spiritual Mind Map

Pause for 10 minutes and think how you can improve as a person.  For example,

Meditate for 10 minutes to half an hour daily. On Scripture verses relating to renewing your mind.  One example is :  the latter verse of  Luke 8:15…a good and honest heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience

Meaning, when you hear wise words and keep meditating on them faithfully,  your patience will grow and you will bear fruit.  This fruit could be wise friends, wholesome thoughts and honesty.

For Your Spiritual Mind Map

Write a List of virtues you would like to have.

For example;

  • Endurance
  • Peace
  • Gentleness
  • Humility
  • Purity
  • Hope
  • Grace
  • Wisdom
  • Righteousness…. And the list goes on.

Also write down the kind of friends you need to have supporting this “revamped” You.

 

Physical Exercise Mind Map

It’s easy to set New Year Resolutions, but we all know they can  slide as the months glide by. Especially when it comes to exercise.  Depending where fat lays on your body, it can be hard to shift unless you make a decision to be specific as to the amount of inches you want to lose.

An athlete or fitness model will keep their overall body shape toned. Especially 3 months before competitions.  They will eat small to medium meals at specific times during the day, making  sure to get an early night’s sleep.

Meals could be mostly protein and salads with high glycaemic carbohydrates like sweet potatoes or brown rice.

So your Physical Exercise Mind Map could consist of:

  • Your Fitness goals with exact measurements of your waist, thigh circumference, arms,  hips and chest.
  • Aerobic Exercise of your choice, such as cycling
  • Anaerobic Exercise, free weights or kettle bell exercises
  • Pilates or Bikram Yoga

Also detail the emotional state you would like to achieve as a result of doing this.. For example, serene, elated, sharper mind or energetic.

Sports clothes  – whether designer or lookalikes.  What style of sportswear suits you

Trainers

How often you will train, the intensity  and for what amount of time. For example, 3-4 times a week twice daily light exercise or,  5 days a week a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic exercise on alternate days. That is, our training schedule.

Your Meal Planning for a Week

Food List

Foods to Avoid If Shredding Weight

Foods to Eat For Gaining Muscle

Exercise for strengthen joints

You get the picture?

Let’s Mind Map for Physical Exercise!

 

Friendship Mind Map

As we grow older, it is important to keep long term friendships with people who you are trustworthy and wise.  We may have them in our families or in at college.  Or even at work.  Some of us make a few good friends while others have many more.

I call a friend a ‘friend’ when they may know a fault you have and still love you as if you didn’t. Does that make sense?  Imagining and treating you as though you have not sinned.  Well the only way to really love someone is to pray for them according to God’s will and not your own.  Ask God what He would have you say when you pray for your friend or family member.

First of all, we can think of their good points and thank God for everyone of them.  Then acknowledge their bad traits and ask God to soften their heart and learn to listen to Him.  I understand people will listen to you as deeply as you listen to Him.

By putting Him first every day and praying for our friends or family members, He is pleased with us and rewards us accordingly.

Now Let’s Mind Map!

As this post is getting long, I will leave you to do the Friendship Mind Map on your own.  Tell me how you get on in the Comments Section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stella A

22 Comments

  1. Hello Stella, mind mapping! I never knew that’s the name it is called by. I do this every day since I always have my to-do list in my head. 

    Mind mapping is great for anyone who relies majorly in planning their whole day, life on their smartphone and before I could put all that down, I need to envisage things I have seen in my head. Sometimes, I do mindmap my presentations and so it becomes much more easier. 

    Great one.

    • Glad you enjoyed reading it Ro…

      It’s good to know you mind map already!

  2. I really needed to read this right now! I have been struggling to bring my vision for the upcoming winter into clarity and haven’t been able to find a good strategy to make it happen. I’ve just been relying on meditation and journaling to bring me clarity, but I’m going to take your advice and create a mind map based on what’s most important to me and what my goals are for the winter. 

    Thank you for inspiring me to take meaningful action! I really like the additional idea of either having a picture of my mind map on my phone or printing it and placing several versions around my house as a continuous reminder. Thanks again! 

    • It’s my pleasure Tucker…

      Journaling is good as well, but now you have mind maps to concentrate your journalling into a simple sketch.

      I hope you have a lot of fun creating them.

  3. Stella, I absolutely love your post. It’s highly relevant in today’s world, I think when we have too many distractions and too many desires crowding our abilities.

    I tried my hand at mind-mapping a few months ago and the first time, I didn’t do it right. I just ended up so confused. I tried a second time and this one was much better. 

    I have to be honest, though, I never once thought to apply the mind mapping technique to every aspect of my life – just my goals. But you’re so right! I could totally make a mind map for my friendships and everything else.

    Thanks for your post. 🙂

    • I’m glad you enjoyed reading it and will work at applying mind maps to your life.

      It is simple and fun to do; getting your thoughts onto paper rather than them crowding together in your head.  Well, that’s what I have learnt…

      We live to learn!

  4. I love the concept of this article, It is actually better to review the mind map every day for someone like me.

    I spend a lot so I’ll be making use of the financial mind map and I believe In doing this, both my conscious and subconscious mind will be constantly focused on what i what to achieve. 

    Thanks for sharing this informative article. 

    • I’m glad you enjoyed reading this article, Seun.

      It was a pleasure to write…

  5. Hi, hmmmm am really happy coming across your post. To be successful in any thing we do, we need mind mapping. I used to see this maps in a friend’s house. I don’t know what it is called. 

    Your post is very unique and educating. I have learned a lot from.your post, I can’t keep this information to myself. I will be sharing and tagging friends and family your website link so that they can benefit from your post as well.

    • You will?  I really appreciate that.

      I am only sharing what I have learned on my online marketing journey.  I am sure you will have plenty to say, as time goes on, regarding various aspects of this subject.

      Once again, thanks for this gesture.

  6. Stella! First off, are you a Christian? I love how you included scripture in your article. I am a Christian. I love this article and I am now bookmarking your website because its very encouraging! I once was also told to place my goals on a bristol board and look at it every day. Another good verse would be Matthew 7:7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” All in all, I believe if we have the motivation to get somewhere or something in life we are going to do what it takes to get there. Thanks again for sharing!

    • Yes I am!

      There are quite a few of us here, TDomena (Rank 4) is one as well.  

      A sound work ethic, a marketing strategy and God guided wisdom is a recipe for success, don’t you think? I’m glad you enjoyed reading it and thanks for the bookmark…

      WA is great for meeting new people as well as learning from Kyle and Carson.  Here’s wishing you all the best at WA…

      Best Regards Nikki,

      Stella

  7. I have watched a productivity video a few days ago, which also suggested mind mapping as a tool – not something I have ever thought about before, but it seems like more and more people are recommending it. Do you happen to know if there is an online tool that would work with mind mapping? I do most of my planning digitally, so I would prefer to use a mind mapping tool as well. Oh, and I never thought about using mind maps as a dream board – that is such a cool idea! Thank you!

    • Hi Claudia, 

      I found Coggle.it online. It has a free version or $5 monthly for the paid version.  If this is not the kind of mind map you want, just google ‘mind mapping tools’ to find something that is more in line with what you wish to mind map.

      There are many others, but this seems to be the simplest one.  You could also do mind-mapping using Powerpoint. Check their website for more details.

      Hope this helps!

  8. Since I was a boy, my mother have groomed me to always point out how I’d love my affairs to be managed. So growing up I have always written down how I wish to go about various things happening in my life, anf this have made my life really easy and orderly. I can say it has made me achieve success alot. Currently I’m more into financial mind maping since I’m now into the family line and bills has to be paid. It has helped me also in that aspect. 

    • Aw that’s real neat…

      You must be very proud of your mother and how she brought you up.  There are things in life which, when home- grown, will never depart.

  9. Thank you, this is a great article about mind mapping. Mind mapping can be a great way to get your whole mind on paper so you can see it. I think you gave some great advice on living life and how to think about things. That’s a great point that people who are millionaires tend to be very giving. I think it’s good to be considerate of others whether you are a millionaire or wherever you are on the financial Spectrum.

    • Thanks Chuck,

      I started with mind mapping and then found myself writing about other things related to each section of it.  Quite a thought-provoking journey!

      We live to learn…

  10. Hi,

    Another good article to read in your website!

    I’ve heard about mind mapping before but I though that was only for school or for business, after reading your article I get I can work on it for almost everything.

    Thanks for sharing clear examples about how to use it! I love how you explain how to use it for personal finances, it will help me a lot to know exactly where the money goes and how I can improve it.

    Talking about getting better at doing exercise, making a mind mapping and keep it where I can see it, it will help me to do a daily exercise and look for more ways to keep at it! 

    • Thanks Alejandra,

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading this.  Mind mapping is too important to be ignored.  It is easy to do and prevents stress building up in your mind.

      It is also fun!

  11. Mind mapping is an interesting thing and I really like the flow chart to start it off. Sketching a project on paper is important. It’s good to jot and plot ideas and goals on paper. Looking rather than dreaming is the essence of tangible creativity. Keeping it simple, especially when starting out out, is sound advice. The Dream Board is pretty outstanding. A Friendship Mind Map is something I hadn’t considered and will be trying out on a big white board. I hope to fill it up 😀

    • Yes, 

      Mind mapping was something I learnt about and decided to add my spin on it. I now use it in every part of my life; emotionally, financially and of course friendship-wise.

      It’s fun too!

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