Mind Mapping Your Way to Success in 2013

Happy New Year! I know it is totally cliche to set resolutions for the new year and such, but if it works, who cares? Today we are talking about making it work.

Mind Mapping Your Way to Success in 2013 @vicki_arnold blogHave you heard of mind mapping? Or visual mapping, which is what I thought it was called until I browsed the google. Well, if you are a visual person, you’re going to love this.

I recently met Tabitha from Meet Penny via a Twitter chat and she invited me to join a group of bloggers on Facebook. I am so very glad I did. These ladies are pretty awesome. Anywho, Tabitha encouraged us to create a visual for our blogging goals of 2013. Once I did, I became a little hooked. I made my blog goals visual, a visual for a project I’m working to launch in July, and one for something new around here called Healthy Habits.

Rabbit-trail with me, if you will, through the blogger group, I met Dollie of Teachers of Good Things. She was wanting to start a group of bloggers to chronicle their healthy new year’s resolutions to create accountability for the blogger and encouragement for the readers. She’s also launching a Facebook party, which she will be hosting each Monday night at 9 p.m. (eastern) starting January 7.

So, let me introduce you to Healthy Habits Tuesday. Hi, how are you? Nice to meet you. Now that we have that out of the way, on to the mind mapping, goals, and resolutions, oh my!

Step One: Set some goals. Grab a pencil and paper and start writing. A couple tips on setting goals (or resolutions) that work:

  • Be realistic – Weight loss is a common new year’s resolution, so I’ll use that for my example here. Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to lose half your body weight by next month.
  • Break it down – Take what you need to lose and aim to lose one pound per week. It may take a while to get where you want to be, but you’ll get there. So if you want to lose 20 pounds, that is 20 weeks or 5 months. Aiming to lose 20 pounds by June is completely doable.

Step Two: Analyze your goals. Look for a common theme. For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, kick the soda habit, and walk in a 5K, those are related. Taking a cooking class would also be related. Learning a new language? Not so much.

Step Three: Focus on the main goal. Do you have one in the group that is most important to you? That is your starting point.

Step Four: Break out the unlined paper. Put your main goal in the middle. Around that, put the related goals that are ways to work toward achieving your main goal, these are your strategy points. Our example would have lose 10 pounds in the middle and then kick soda habit, walk in a 5K, and taking a cooking class around it.

Circle your points individually and draw arrows from your main goal to your strategy points.

Next, look at your strategy points and break down how to achieve them. Kick the soda habit may have drink 64 oz. water daily, drink 1 less soda per week until 0, drink herbal tea, or start a dollar jar for each soda you DON’T drink.

Make sense? Good, now go do it. I’ll wait here until you’ve finished and then we’ll move on.

Step Five: Make it purty. Or not, it’s up to you. Break out the markers and paper. Or use the computer to create your visual. It’s up to you. Point is, make it visually appealing to you, you’re going to be looking at this a lot.

Here is my Healthy Habits mind map:

healthy-habits-mind-mapNow, WHEN you do this, let me know in the comment section. I love, love, love comments and do my best to answer each one. You can also follow my new healthy habits Pinterest board.

Next week, we will talk about turning your goals into action. You should also check out the exciting things I have planned for the Vicki Arnold blog this coming year.

Won’t you join me? TwitterPinterestFacebook

Today’s link up can be found here.

Next up is Turning Your Goals Into Plans!

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Thank you so much for the shout out. I am so glad that the blogging group is a blessing to you. I am quite fond of it too. 🙂

  2. Oh, Vicky, what a WONDERFUL and encouraging post to jump start Health Habits! I’m really excited to be joining arms with you and making this journey together! YAY!!! We are going to do this and make 2013 a HEALTHY HABIT YEAR!

    Oh, and I LOVE your graphic… may have to do one for my post next week.

    Happy New Year and to a Healthier YOU!

  3. I love this! I’ll plan to work on my own mind map in the next month. What a wonderful idea. Thank you!

  4. Thanks so much – – – I love mind-mapping notes – – – and have recently started my LIFE. A to-do list for my life! What other areas do you map? I’m wondering how to check off something when it’s done. . . . it’s too ‘purty’ to just scratch through it!

    Again, thanks for sharing.

    • As a fellow visual, I can relate to not wanting to scratch it out! I like to make checklists for that purpose. So far, I have kept the mind-map itself relatively general. Then I use the bubbles to set goals, which then leads to checklists. I’m kind of a planning fanatic. 😉

      • Right now I have my personal/family life; 3 home-based businesses; housework; volunteering, etc. all on one page for the end of Feb and all of March. I think I need a bigger sheet of paper!

        I sure do like seeing it all in one place, though. . . . I think it keeps me from committing in other areas. For right now, I”m just putting a black dot to the left of an item once completed.

        I like planning, too. Sometimes more than the actual doing! 😉

        • Amen! I read an ebook on time management called Tell Your Time. She walks you through creating a schedule that works for you. I was resistant to it at first because I have never been a schedule person. I figured I should be willing to try something new so I did it. It really helped me to realize just how much I am already trying to do with my time. I haven’t exactly stuck with the schedule, but I do have it posted on my fridge as an ideal to shoot for. I’ve been more thoughtful before committing to things since I realize other priorities in our life could be negatively effected.


  1. […] back to Healthy Habits Tuesday! Last week I wrote about mind mapping out your goals. This week, we are going to take that map and make some plans. These plans are like the driving […]

  2. […] goals you want to achieve this year that relate to your word. If you are more of a visual person, make a mind map of your goals. If you are more social achiever, find an accountability partner or just find a friend willing to […]

  3. […] Mind Mapping Your Way to Success in 2013 […]