What’s a screaming sceptic? Well it’s not as bad as it sounds, and I reckon the world would be a lot better off with a good few more of them to be honest.
A sceptic is simply a reasonably normal human being who doesn’t automatically believe something if it doesn’t make sense. Or hasn’t been shown to be highly likely using unbiased methods. Even is something has been shown to be almost certainly true, a sceptic has no problem if new evidence comes along to the contrary. In fact, he’s delighted, because all he wants is the unbiased, objective truth.Read more…
So when yet another list of ‘success secrets’ slithered into my inbox I groaned of course and… clicked, just in case there were any I hadn’t seen before.
There weren’t many I hadn’t seen before but something about this list, combined with a few other factors, made me fire up my trusty mind mapping program and get creating.
Whether the result is a ‘success’ or not isn’t for me to say, but I hope you get something out of it anyway. Scroll down for a few comments on each of the categories and feel free to say hi in one of our Facebook mind mapping groups to discuss it further!
?This mind map was started in iMindMap 9 and finished in iMindMap 10, in case you were wondering!
At the dinner table the knives and forks (or the sugar cubes or the carrots or… anything actually) become imaginary metro carriages. When I walk him to school we take the imaginary train line that delivers us, conveniently, right outside the school gate at the imaginary train station. If I’ve forgotten my imaginary ticket, which is frequently the case, I get a stern dressing down (and a fine) from the driver. My son is always the driver (why is my son always the driver?).
Much of our everyday conversation takes place through an imaginary tinny tannoy with pre-recorded announcements covering everything from calls to table through regrettable cancellations of homework right the way up to delays in going to bed due to the unforeseen length of the video he’s watching. He always apologises for any inconvenience caused…
So for Father’s Day this year I had an idea. A train idea. A metro madness adventure challenge idea, in fact, and one which would involve real trains for once. A lot of them. The instructions are below…
Being the spontaneous sort, I reckon I can structure this article around what I just imagined in the sentence above: various ways I’ve used this mind map thus far. And it ain’t over till the Mad Mapper sings!
I’ve used Léo’s Rainbow Mind Map to:
? Explain mind mapping principles
? Get people excited about the idea
? Teach the colours to pupils
? Stimulate the imagination
? Have creative fun with my son
? Promote my new English school*
Keep on reading the full article just after the download links below – hope you like it!
In other words, you can use it yourself just as easily as with a coach, although a good coach will be able to bring its usefulness to a whole new level with wise guidance and pithy insights.
You might be wondering how it works and I’ll try to explain, in broad terms, here.
The idea is that you split your life into a few big chunks, and I give some examples in the sections below. This is the first step in getting a grip on where you stand in relation to your goals, or just how happy you are in each of the areas that are important to you in your life.
I’ve used five concentric circles here for clarity, but they are each given two points, which meant they go from zero in the centre to ten on the outside. (continued below…)
The mind map you see on this page is the result and it may well change over the months and years to come. It’s a living, evolving thing and I’ll update the links below if it changes significantly.
I’ve always been a sucker for the colours of the rainbow, and notably the simpler Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple set as opposed to the ones I learnt at school along with the Roy G. Biv mnemonic given to us by my first and scariest-ever science teacher, the formidable Mr McGee: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet!
So anyway, I started playing around with objects and emotions we often associate with each of the major colours. This fitted in very nicely with an article I wrote recently for my Creative Business Mind web site on the psychology of colours in marketing, called Blue For You.
My aim was to create a powerful and restrained set of words and icons for each colour, covering some basic aspects of teaching, learning and simply living. I will attempt to explain these ideas in the sections which follow the download and copyright notes just below.
And now not-so Nice, and that’s just staying in France. But hey, this could be about anywhere, anytime, any people, any era where irreconcilable perceived differences push people to do things which leave on-lookers incredulous and cursing.
On the other hand the onlookers aren’t in the skins of those carrying out the attacks and so it is very difficult to truly understand where the real problem lies and even more challenging to know how to fix it if it’s even possible.
It’s a real casse-tête (head-breaker) as the French would say, and they’re not wrong.