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How to Mind Map Yourself to Success - Achieve Your Goals

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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How to Mind Map Yourself to Success and Achieve Your Goals.  Have you ever completed a dream board?  Do you have a bucket list?  Perhaps you have SMART Goals at work?  How about a 5 Year Plan...for your personal life?

Many of us have an idea of where we are going, not written down, but up in our heads.  Or I know there have been times in my life where I have also felt aimless.  I was still figuring out what I wanted in life, and that is okay as well.

For those of you though who are ready to take that next step, I challenge you to make a Mind Map for your life.  Mind Maps, done correctly, can be super powerful stuff.  I am talking more than just about the law of attraction.  Think about it.  If your company did not have fiscal year goals, how would it put together the budget.  If you did not have a map or internet access, how would you reach a destination you had never visited?  This is the same with life.  If you do not have a road map for your life, then you are leaving your destination up to chance.  If you are okay with that, no need to read further.  However, if you have a dream, if you know what you want in life, then you need a mind map to fast track your progress towards it.

Here are 5 Tips to Create Dynamite Mind Maps:
  1. Broad Categories - You want this to be a well-rounded road map.  So make sure you have goals for all areas of your life.  Here are a few suggestions:
    • People - Make a short list of the important people in your life.  The ones you want to make sure you are regularly connecting with and whom you want to know you appreciate and love.  I usually put a heart in the center of my mind maps and make a list of these individuals inside it.  Two things to note.  Do not forget to put yourself.  Too often we focus on everyone else and forget to be kind and take care of ourselves.  Secondly, I want this to be a reminder for you, so that when you look at this list, you can ask yourself, "When is the next time I see this person?  Do we have a coffee date set up?  I need to call her.  I need to send him an email."  Ideally, like the rest of these categories, this will serve as a prompt for you to take some sort of action.
    • Places - Where do you want to go?  What places do you want to visit?  Where do you want to live?  What does your ideal vacation look like?  You get the picture.  I think this category is self-explanatory.
    • Career - What does your ideal job look like?  What type of company do you want to work for?  What kind of mentor do you have?  What job title do you desire?  What Boards or Committees or Non-Profits do you want to volunteer your time for?
    • Lifestyle - Do you have a regular date night?  Quality time with the kids?  Regular happy hours with your coworkers?  Weekend getaways with your friends?  Game nights or BBQs with the neighbors?  Think about what your ideal week looks like and how that time is spent.  You get the chance to build it.  Remember, this is your life.  You only get one.  You have a choice in how you spend it.  Be purposeful about it.
    • Personal Development - How are you investing in yourself?  Are you growing as a person?  What do you want to learn?  I heard a study recently that said the most effective way to learn is by completing stretch assignments.  So I challenge you to not only take a class or read a book, BUT COMPLETE AN EXERCISE OR ACTIVITY THAT GETS YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.  I promise that will probably be your biggest learning opportunity, so map one out for yourself.
    • Health - Do you want to lose 5-10 lbs?  Do you want to run a marathon?  Do you want to learn more about eating clean?  Do you want to lower your blood pressure.  When was the last time you got a physical?  These are all just questions to think about as you decide your goals.  Do not feel like you have to answer each and every one.  Hopefully these will just prompt you to think of the one that best fits you and your dream lifestyle.
  2. Choose a Deadline - Dreams will always be dreams without deadlines.  Write down a specific date that you will complete your goal.  This is powerful.  Trust me.  It will make all the difference when it comes to results.  If I write that I am going to Italy by next spring, I might think I need to start looking up plane tickets and booking hotels soon.  If, however, there is no date next to my beautiful pictures of Rome, I might just continue to dream about "someday" when I will go there AND it may never happen.
  3. Write it in the Present Tense - Instead of saying, "I want to weigh ___ lbs or I want to be a better leader/parent," write, "I weigh ___ lbs.  I am a great leader who motivates my team and shares frequently my vision of the future.  I am the best parent because I actively listen and make quality time for my child."  We live in the now.  If you want or wish, that automatically supports delay of action and makes it okay to start tomorrow.  If you say you are something now, you have no excuses.  You will start to do and be who you want to be NOW.
  4. Make it Colorful and Real - Make this mind map visually appealing.  The more realistic you can make it, such as using Photoshop to insert yourself in the actual picture, the easier it will be for you to visualize your success.  You can use free programs online, or cut out pictures from magazines.  It is completely up to you but the more vibrant your mind map, the more you will look at it, and the more you will focus your energy on making it happen.
  5. Place it Somewhere You Will See it Everyday - Finally, and most importantly, make sure you look at your mind map everyday when you wake up and when you go to sleep.  Ask yourself how you are tracking towards your goals.  Take a moment to actually feel how it is going to feel when you achieve everything on it.  Feel how good that feels.  You now have a road map for where you are going which dramatically increases your chances of getting there.
I know from experience how life changing mind maps can be.  I have been creating mind maps for almost five years now.  Just to name a few goals achieved:  I took trapeze lessons, successfully got hits as a switch hitter in slow-pitch softball, completed a flying lesson, started a saltwater aquarium, finished my MBA, became a home owner, and had my baby girl.  Your goals can be as big or as small as you want.  Lately though, I have been dreaming big.  Someone once said that if your goals do not scare you, then they are not big enough.  I took that to heart and recently revised my mind map to have some pretty big and scary goals.  How about you?  Are you dreaming big enough?

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The Key to Success: Just Do What You Don't Want to Do

Friday, August 1, 2014

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Just do what you don't want to do.  What does that mean?  Well, to put it simply, if there is a task you can think of right now that you do not want to do but know you should, then this applies.  If you have a list of dreams and there is one on there that scares you, then this applies.  If you start cleaning, cooking and doing anything else BUT this project or task because you just do not have the time, then this applies.

I recently signed up for Daily Mentoring with Darren Hardy.  I am only a week in but I am LOVING it.  I get a daily email, Monday through Friday, with a simple 3-5 minute task.  There is usually a short explanation written in the email and then a supplemental video that is only 2-3 minutes long.  The shortness of the instructions are really my favorite part.  They are just short enough to keep my attention and just simple enough that I actually complete the daily exercise.  Most importantly, the exercises are making a difference.

Case in point, today's exercise was to Just Do What You Don't Want to Do, and the task I have been putting off for weeks now is writing a blog post.  I have started many and thought of many but have been ultimately left uninspired, leaving many posts in draft.  Waiting for that perfect topic and wanting to feel inspired to write with purpose, I have let the weeks go by without a post.  So I took Darren Hardy's advice, and I just did it.  And I tell you what, it feels good to just do it.

So what is the thing you do not want to do?  That thing that you know you should do but don't.  That call to the person you do not want to call.  That undertaking that seems just too big to start.  That thing you are sure you will do someday.  JUST DO IT.  Just Do What You Don't Want to Do.  You will be thankful you did.

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Quick Dinner Recipes for Two - Red Quinoa, Brown Rice, and Eggs

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Looking for a Quick Mid-Week Dinner Recipe?  I know my husband and I are always scrambling to figure out what to make for dinner.  I wish I had meal planning mastered, but until then, go-to recipes like this are perfect.  After a long day at work, when I get home, I usually have less than a couple hours to spend quality time with my daughter before she goes to bed.  I like to maximize it by spending less time preparing dinner.  So here goes:

Red Quinoa, Brown Rice, and Eggs

Simple Truth Organic Red Quinoa and Brown Rice (Frozen)
3 Boiled Eggs
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Place a pot of water with 3 eggs on the burner.  Bring it to a boil, remove from the heat, and cover for 12 minutes.  Peel the eggs and slice them equally into 2 bowls for serving.  Prepare the Quinoa and Rice according to the directions on the back of the bag.  I love that it literally takes less than 4 minutes in the microwave.  Cut open the bag and pour into the bowls.  Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, and you are done!

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Fun San Diego Workouts - The Rush Carmel Valley

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fun San Diego Workouts Del Mar
Are you looking for a fun San Diego workout?  I am your typical, workout at home with a DVD type of girl, but when I want to mix it up, you can find me at The Rush Studio in Carmel Valley.  And no, this is not a sponsored post.  I just LOVE what The Rush does and wanted to share my experience.

So here's why I enjoy spinning at The Rush:

1.  Calorie Burn - Weekday classes are only 45 minutes BUT you drip sweat within minutes of starting.  If you are looking to drop weight and shrink your waistline, then this is the perfect workout!  Plus, they also include an arm workout which is nice.

2.  Great Music - I like to have a good time when I am working out.  Grooving to the music and pretending like I am at a dance party helps me push through the burn when my muscles want to give out.  Pair that with some black lights and theme rides, and I am there!

3.  Inspirational Instructors - Your leader can make all the difference.  My personal favorite Instructor is Beth but Courtney and Alissa are up there too.  I have not had the privilege of experiencing all the others but I am sure they rock as well.  I appreciate the blend of pushing me beyond my comfort zone physically but more importantly I LOVE that they inspire me mentally.  Pair that with their great friendly personalities, and it is like meeting up with your friends each week.

4.  Corporate Discount - Rewind 7 months when only my friend Jenn pictured above was going to The Rush.  She shared what a great experience it was at our Wellness Committee Meeting, and we decided to do an introductory Corporate Ride at The Rush.  Fast forward to the present, and we now have 15+ riders at The Rush which earned us a great Corporate Discount.  If you have a place you love going to for your workouts, and it is near your work, then I would suggest you pitch it to your Wellness Committee.  Who knows, you might be able to not only get a Corporate Discount but also inspire your colleagues to get healthier and more fit.  The benefits are great all around.  I love going to classes and seeing all the familiar faces.  It helps with accountability and builds camaraderie.

5.  Social Media Savvy - I LOVE businesses that "get" social media.  To me, it is so much more fun when you post a picture on Instagram or Twitter, and the brand, not only sees it, but comments and likes it as well.  The Rush also has a great app for your phone that makes signing up for classes super easy, and that is what I like, things that make my life easier.

So how bout it?  Have you tried a spin class at The Rush?  Let me know what you think.  I would also love to hear of other fun San Diego workout spots that you know of and LOVE.

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