“How about… idea streaming? Like when you have this massive goal in mind but no idea how to get there. How to break it down into achievable components.” – Athena M.
Idea Streaming: From Brain to Paper
Some of you have emailed me telling you that you don’t even know where to start with getting your ideas from mind to paper. We need that vision statement! You have sent me so many wonderful visions. Here are 3 ideas that I’ve personally used to write my vision statement.
1) Personal Relationships!
A good place to start is with those who you know well, whom you trust, and family members. Try to ask them these types of questions:
“What are some things I’ve always been good at?”
“What careers do you see me working in?”
“How do I communicate with people?”
“What is my biggest strength?”
“What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever seen me do?”
“Why can’t I become a professional Oreo eater?”
And why not ask yourself some questions, nothing is more personal than yourself.
Think of your Core being:
What is your purpose?
How will you find peace in life?
What are things that really amaze and inspire you?
What do you always enjoy, even when you’re tired?
What do you believe is possible for you?
What is your biggest limiting belief?
If you left tomorrow forever, what what you have wanted to do today?
Here are a few question lists to get you thinking:
2) Think Categories and Goals
This is my favorite way to do things.
I organize things into 5 categories
1) Physical (Food/Exercise)
2) Emotional (Relationships/Feelings)
4) Educational (Learning/ Occupational)
If you consider these 5 categories and where you want to be with each one, or where you can improve, or skills you already have in that area, you can learn alot.
Okay, So maybe I lied. This is my favorite. I’ve taken sooooo many personality tests. I loved the ones in 8th grade that would say, “You could be a great Accountant or Firefighter.”
Here are some of my FAVORITE personality tests:
Myers&Briggs Test: I’m an ENFP (Extrovert, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving), But I score really close to a Thinker (instead of a Feeler). I’m basically 100% on Extrovert.
ColorCode Test: I’m a Yellow: I inject shots of enthusiasm and optimism. I’m charismatic, spontaneous, and sociable. (Pretty much everyone loves me. It’s a fact: look it up)
Strengths Finder 2.0: see your top skills: I’m an Includer (Involve EVERYONE), Maximizer (Make pieces better), “Woo” (I want people to like me), Ideation (breaking down ideas into pieces), Communication (I tell people things). You can see this influence my vision statement. This test also comes with 3 sections: 1) awareness, 2) Application: with 10 action items for each, 3) Achievement: Quotes and what success sounds like for each of your top skills.
HowToFascinate: This is a great test that gives you some adjectives that describe you along with a primary and secondary “Advantage”. I’m a Trendsetter: Innovation and Prestige are my “Advantages”. Cutting edge, Elite, Progressive, Imaginative, Edgy. This test, for a price, can give you pages of data about power words, how to explain yourself, and ways to utilize that in a business sense.
Culture Index (INC): I don’t know where to find this test, but I took one when I applied for a job and was emailed a printout of it. It gave me an ABCD score, an EU score, and an LI score which I have no idea what is. This test talks about how you work with individuals and companies. “Self-Reliant, Initiator, Effective with Setting my own priorities, quick paced and likes to handle problems right when they arise even if it means multitasking…” and other valuable information.
My favorite gem is this: “Prefers to delegate the completion of tasks to others, but is capable of limited attention to detail.” This is true! I start 100 things and finish 12 of them… and get my little sister to finish 4 of them, my brother to do 3, and my roomate to do 6 more. The rest are forgotten and eventually dumped into the pit, like in the movie “Inside Out”.
These tests are vital in crafting out information about yourself. Did I miss any? Let me know if there are others you like, and I’ll update this list.
An online place to organize your thoughts like Mindmeister or another website could be great for organizing or laying out your thoughts. It’s a difficult task, but is worth it. then, make that vision board, write that personal vision statement, and utilize them daily to accomplish you.
Because knowing yourself and your goals is the first step in getting your money to work properly. It’s also they key to happiness. When your Money and your Dreams align, you will be happy.
Please feel free to share your thoughts, your vision board, your vision statement, or your test results for any of these tests! Maybe I’ll feature you on my website or in an article (with permission of course).
-Jacob Brad Johnson
The Financial Ginger