How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map - Part 2
There is a great emphasis on goals and goal setting on the Personal Achievement Map. Without goals, we are rudderless ships bound to capsize or run into rocks. Goals are our channel markers, leading us to safe harbor, health, wealth, and happiness. Use them to your best advantage in becoming a Black Belt in what you do.
The system for doing this on the Personal Achievement Map is to make full use of our Goals. The triangle points to what you want most. It is your compass and supports your purpose and needs. Goals are stepping stones on the pathway of success.
If you have seen the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, you might remember that Captain Jack Sparrow carried with him a special compass. It didn’t point north, but instead pointed to the thing wanted most. You too have a magic compass.
Once you set a goal and begin to focus on it, your internal compass will start to point you in the right direction.
In the triangle, you write down your goal. This can be a daily goal or a long-term goal. You can and should have both immediate (short term) goals and long-term goals. Whatever you feel like focusing on. You might even want to make a few sheets for different goals. For example, you could make a PAM for a one-year goal and then simply take a few minutes out of every day to review it. Then for a one-month goal, do the same. And then each day you create a new daily PAM. The monthly and yearly sheets only need to be adjusted when some of the items have changed. Either way, be creative and have fun with them. Use them in a way that works best for you. I created them to make the process of thought more interactive, efficient, and fun.
Making a list, checking it twice
If you want to make a list of daily goals to be checked off at the end of the day, you can place these smaller goals and checkboxes when you are brainstorming before you fill out your PAM. If you are not filling out a PAM each day, you might want to use pre-made calendars that have spaces available for goal setting. But a regular lined piece of paper will also do the trick. Just draw a box on the left and write down the goal next to it. Checking off these boxes throughout the day or at the end of your day is a very powerful tool for positive improvement. It feels great to make that check mark too. This strategy alone can help you to feel more productive which leads to a happier state of mind and an improved self-image.
Once you get your goal into the triangle, you will then fill out the Mind, Body, and Spirit sections. Refer to the MBS section of this book for details. Otherwise you are simply going to answer the following questions:
What can I do mentally to achieve this goal?
What can I do physically to achieve this goal?
What can I do spiritually to achieve this goal?
That’s it. The only other thing you might need to know is how to come up with your goals in the first place. Review the MAK section for more information regarding goal setting. You will know what your major goal is for that day by going through your Brain Storm Sheet. The purpose of the brainstorming session is to help you discover your goals and to help prepare you for your PAM session. If you don’t have a major goal, then pick the most important from your list of daily goals.
You can also specifically create a Brain Storm Sheet focused on your goals. When you do this, you can ask yourself specific questions to come up with sub-topics. For example:
What will I need to do to reach this goal?
What are the most important steps to take?
If this was the title of a book, what would be the chapters?
If you need more insight to your goals, you can ask more specific questions like:
Why do I want ____________?
However, when you ask why questions, you will usually end up with feeling-based answers. And feeling-based answers are not exactly great for goals. Cleaning out the garage is a goal; being happy is too vague.
Think about what you want your desired outcome to be and write it down as the main topic on your Brain Storm Sheet. This will be the first step in activating your unconscious mind to help move you in the direction of your goals. When setting goals you need to do your best to not be held back by limiting beliefs. So if you have any of these negative hang-ups, write them down so you can deal with them on your PAM sheet.
What will you need to do or be mentally, physically, or spiritually? What type of person would you have to become to attain these goals? What would you have to change? What achievement beliefs would you need to adopt? What type of person achieves these goals? Imagine a step-by-step plan to achieving your goal. A martial artist goes one belt at a time to get his Black Belt. You do not start out on day 1 with a brown belt, then go to yellow, then jump to black. And neither should your goals be tackled in that way.
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When you fill out your Personal Achievement Map, you will be answering all of the questions listed above. Spend as much time as needed to gain a clear pathway with progressive steps forward.
Okay, look at the image of a Personal Achievement Map and then continue reading to learn more about each of the seven areas of our PAM.