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Expansion and Growth

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front, so I hope you didn’t miss me too much :). Thank you for being patient. More regular posts to come! Lots of projects marinating, with new endeavors taking root, and moving ahead. When I set my own intentions, one area of focus was to expand my business and offerings. In my next blog post, I will elaborate more on what’s brewing on my end. Stay tuned!

Contemplating my own expansion emerged a new intention theme of Expansion and Growth. This theme was inspired by, and created for the Business Intention and Goals’ Group (BIGG) I facilitate.   imagesExpansion is…opening UP to possibilities. Opening TO possibilities. Possibilities lead to expansion; not just for your business, but for yourself on a personal spiritual development level.

What does expansion mean to you personally? On a business/ career front? Or applied to other areas? Here’s what comes to mind for me. Maybe some will resonate with you.

Opening up to possibilities

Tapping into your full potential

Stepping up/ Stepping out

Spreading wings

Expanding beyond the horse blinders

Surrendering to the unknown, but also to the excitement of what’s to come

More options for what’s possible

Casting a wider net

Reaching more people

Having a greater impact

Serving more

More visibility

Being seen/ heard

Dreams fulfilled

Living without limits

Freedom to explore more of yourself

Part of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition of expansion includes: economic expansion, and expansion of the universe.

Dictionary.com’s definition: expansion occurs “usually due to heating” – for our purposes, we could think in terms of “passion” or “fire under our asses” and “what are you cooking up?” or “what are you fired up to do?”

Expansion Synonyms – grow, expand, swell, outgrow, mature, double. From the Latin name that means “spreading out.”

When you think of things that are expansive, what comes to mind? For me, it’s nature; the sky, water, trees, and spaciousness; space (outer space), the horizon, and consciousness.

EXPANSION also means risk; being willing to risk more, being more vulnerable to fully embody who you are, and who you are becoming. Being willing to explore more of you, more skills/talents, and open up to new experiences and opportunities – as you are ready and willing to do so.

When you’re expanding you are…

Stretching beyond where you were before

Out of comfort zone, stretching and expanding your comfort zone

Out of box (self-placed)

Moving through obstacles, blocks, fears, hurdles, limits – beyond what is possible – dreaming in an expansive way.

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There are lots of catalysts and tools for expansion and growth. Mind Maps are one way of showing potential possibilities. Read my previous blog post on Mind Maps:  https://intentiongroups.com/2015/07/01/mind-mapping-intentions/

When you are in this expansive and growth mindset, share out loud or write down your excitement for the ways in which you desire to expand personally, professionally, and spiritually. Let your imagination and possibilities extend beyond your comfort zone, current reality, and perceived limits. This is a helpful tool to feel energized and embody the feelings you desire to create from bringing in an element of fun, and excitement for what’s to come. Approaching your intentions from an expansion and growth launching zone is empowering and helpful to broaden your perspective.

Exercise #1: Verbally share outloud to yourself, or to a trusted friend/partner, or write down your responses

My business is…

My dreams are expanding in ways I hadn’t imagined…

Growth is apparent by what I am experiencing…I love how…It is remarkable how…

I am attracting perfect clients…

My financial health is flourishing, and increasing…

My intention surrounding this area is growing, and positively expanding in these ways…

Exercise #2: What are a few ways you can expand your business and/or yourself from a personal development or personal improvement, and wellness approach? Where can you step your toe into the greater pond of possibilities? Where can you go deeper, broader, and bigger?

Are you allowing yourself, and your business to expand beyond its current borders? If so, are you experiencing growing pains from stretching yourself? Many of us have “stretch marks” from these growing pains :). Is there an area where you feel timid, uneasy, hesitant, fearful, or stuck? Observe, spend some time working through the belief, or feeling that may be limiting you, and steer through with ease, honesty, and gentleness.

Use where you imagine yourself going as your North Star, your compass, and allow it to navigate and direct your way to expansion that serves you, your purpose and a fulfilling life!images-1

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Mind Mapping Intentions

Are you a list maker, doodler, visionary, and dreamer? Do you love brainstorming, creating relationships between ideas, and expressing creativity? Mind Mapping is a fun and engaging tool that fits well with intention work and envisioning possibilities.

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Mind Maps are a creative activity where you can heart- and brainstorm your ideas, and bridge both the left and right brain hemispheres. The mindmapping process allows for fresh ideas, insight, and intuition to guide you as you fill in your Mind Map. Mind Maps are a visual representation of your ideas presented in a non-linear, free thinking and free flowing, yet logical, and organized format.

Mind Maps are similar to organizational flow charts with roots in business and project planning. They are often integrated in business and educational applications for brainstorming, problem solving, and expanding upon ideas. Mind Maps are also beneficial for generating ideas, note-taking, studying, organizing, classifying and sequencing info, interpreting dreams, planning writing projects, visualizing, memorizing, and making decisions. Mind Maps can be applied in unlimited and boundless ways across numerous industries, careers, and fields.

Business Dictionary defines Mind Maps as a: “Graphical technique for visualizing connections between several ideas or pieces of information. Each idea or fact is written down and then linked by lines or curves to its major or minor (or following or previous) idea or fact, thus creating a web of relationships. Mind Maps were developed by the UK research Tony Buzan in his 1972 book, “Use Your Head”…Like other mapping techniques its purpose is to focus attention, and to capture and frame knowledge to facilitate sharing of ideas and concepts.”

http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/mind-mapping.html

Wikipedia’s definition describes Mind Maps this way: ​”A Mind Map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank landscape page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map

Connecting Mind Maps to Intentions: 

For intentions, Mind Maps can:

  • Help you clarify intentions
  • Heart/brainstorm ideas
  • Explore possible paths and new directions
  • Reveal inspired action steps
  • Be a catalyst for change
  • Discover your passion, interests and what excites you
  • Uncover blocks and resistance
  • Highlight feelings, perceptions and energy
  • Help to identify and solve problems, and uncover issues
  • Provide an opportunity to course correct or ask for help and support
  • Inform choices, help make decisions, and more.

Mind Mapping Intentions…

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Begin with an intention, central idea, theme, topic, your core values, or any area or issue of focus in the center of the page. As ideas, and subtopics emerge, add branches to connect your ideas and subtopics with lines, words, inspirations, short phrases, pictures, and symbols. Dress your Mind Map up with color, designs, and personalize with your own style. Allow your ideas to flow. Let go and enjoy the process!

Using Mind Maps for an intention exploration tool may illuminate the next inspired action step to take, or which direction to follow. Your completed Mind Map also serves as a potential outline or guide for following through on tasks, defining goals, and creating lists.

Would love to hear how Mind Mapping assists your intention process, inspires change and opens up the possibilities. For more in depth information on Mind Maps, I recommend Buzan’s book, “The Ultimate Mind Map Book.”

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There are an abundance of free Mind Map templates available online through the Google “images” search tab, and found with standard keyword research using any search engine. You can search for keyword combinations on the areas you are interested in, like “Mind Maps and health” or “Mind Maps and business” or “Mind Maps and project planning” or simply, “Mind Maps” to get ideas from existing diagrams and styles. There are also several amazing digital Mind Map apps available for free or minimal cost. Here are a few links to get you started:

http://thinkbuzan.com

https://mindnode.com/

http://www.mindmeister.com/