Goal Mapping is one of the most fun and effective motivational tools I have come across!
Originally developed by Brian Mayne in 1995, Goal Mapping has become astoundingly successful in a variety of coaching settings (personal, business, education), and is particularly powerful in 1:1 coaching.
A picture speaks a thousand words.
What is Goal Mapping?
It is a tried, tested, proven and popular method for setting and achieving goals in any area of life, and in any endeavour, either individually or collectively. What makes it so effective is the way it engages both your creative ‘right brain’ and your analytical ‘left brain’. Often when we make plans we tend to use only the latter, more logical type of thinking. This is important because we need to ‘think things through’ and make sure what we are doing is viable. But left brain thinking also overlooks the powerful motivational role that our subconscious mind plays in achieving our goals.
Utilizing a powerful and unique combination of words and pictures to activate both the left and right brain, Goal Mapping stimulates whole-brain activity, communicates clearly to the subconscious, and harnesses the intrinsic aspects necessary for any kind of conscious, intended success. The ‘7 Steps of Goal Mapping’ guide the user to success through consideration of ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘when’, ‘how’, and ‘who’ will move you forwards.
Goal Mapping takes each person through the process of identifying their goals, defining their motives and committing to taking action, with the completed Goal Map becoming the blueprint for future success.
How does it work?
I will take you through the 7 Steps of Goal Mapping. You will learn about the critical importance of positive thinking and the enormous difference it can make in our lives, including a brief explanation of the neuroscience that underpins it.
You will start by identifying your big goals – those personal peaks you want to climb – along with a timeline for getting there.
This could relate to a single specific area of your life – such as career, family, health or finances – or a combination of several or all of them.
You then work out what steps you need to take to achieve those goals, and the people and resources that can help you along the way.
Finally, you depict that journey in visual form, by literally ‘drawing a map’ using colourful shapes, pictures and symbols that are meaningful to you.
It is this last step that is the key to Goal Mapping’s effectiveness. Rather than ending up with a dry “To Do” list filled with words and action points, you instead have a visually striking, memorable and very personal “vision of success” that engages your mind on two levels. First, it is a succinct plan of action for your conscious mind to follow, and at the same time a powerful motivator for your subconscious mind.
Once the Goal Map is finished, you sign it, commit to it, and ideally put in on your wall to inspire you every day!
You don’t need to be able to draw! Colourful shapes and meaningful symbols are just as powerful. Most people haven’t drawn anything for years. This really is for all ages and stages. It is transformational, liberating, powerful, and serious fun!