Mind Map Uses and 7 Steps to Making a Mind Map

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I use mind maps quite often when planning a project or structuring the contents for a book I am writing. It is a great way to expand on ideas without writing in a linear format.

What is a Mind Map?

A Mind Map is “a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain,” says Tony Buzan.

It harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner. In so doing, it gives you the freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your brain.

A Mind Map can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance.

7 Steps to Making a Mind Map

  1. Start in the CENTRE of a blank page turned sideways. Why? Because starting in the centre gives your Brain freedom to spread out in all directions and to express itself more freely and naturally.
  2. Use an IMAGE or PICTURE for your central idea. Why? Because an image is worth a thousand words and helps you use your Imagination. A central image is more interesting, keeps you focussed, helps you concentrate, and gives your Brain more of a buzz!
  3. Use COLOURS throughout. Why? Because colours are as exciting to your Brain as are images. Colour adds extra vibrancy and life to your Mind Map, adds tremendous energy to your Creative Thinking, and is fun!
  4. CONNECT your MAIN BRANCHES to the central image and connect your second- and third-level branches to the first and second levels, etc. Why? Because your Brain works by association. It likes to link two (or three, or four) things together. If you connect the branches, you will understand and remember a lot more easily.
  5. Make your branches CURVED rather than straight-lined. Why? Because having nothing but straight lines is boring to your Brain.
  6. Use ONE KEY WORD PER LINE. Why Because single key words give your Mind Map more power and flexibility.
  7. Use IMAGES throughout. Why Because each image, like the central image, is also worth a thousand words. So if you have only 10 images in your Mind Map, it’s already the equal of 10,000 words of notes!
Source: http://www.tonybuzan.com/about/mind-mapping/

Let me know how you fare with mind maps. Questions welcome.

 

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Control Your Mind

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Citta Vagga-The Mind

3. The mind is hard to check, swift, flits wherever it listeth: to control it is good. A controlled mind is conducive to happiness.

Dhammapada Story

A devout woman, receiving instruction from the monks, attained Anàgàmi, the third stage of Sainthood, with supernormal powers such as reading others’ thoughts, even before the monks had gained their Deliverance. Understanding the physical needs of the monks, she ministered to them well. Before long they too attained Arahantship. An avaricious monk, hearing of her powers, visited the place. She did everything he desired. The monk, fearing that evil thoughts might arise in him, went to the Buddha and reported the matter. The Buddha advised him to subdue his uncontrollable mind.
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Sinhala Translation
ධම්මපද චිත්ත වග්ගය

3. දමනයට දුෂ්කර වූද, වහා ඉපිද වහා නැසෙන සුලු වූද, කැමති වූ කොයි යම් අරමුණෙක වුවත් වැටෙන සුලු වුද සිත දමනය කිරීම යහපති. කුමක් හෙයින්ද යත් දමනය කළ සිත මගපල සුව හා නිවන්සුව දෙන හෙයිනි.

ප්‍රභවය: ධර්‍මම පදාරථ ව්‍යාඛාව, 1936

How Grit Grows

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I’ve been reading quite a bit about grit for a book I am ghostwriting.
Here’s a quote from  Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

“…grit grows as we figure out our life philosophy, learn to dust ourselves off after rejection and disappointment, and learn to tell the difference between low-level goals that should be abandoned quickly and higher-level goals that demand more tenacity. The maturation story is that we develop the capacity for long-term passion and perseverance as we get older.”

― Angela DuckworthGrit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success

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Straighten Your Fickle Mind

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From Dhammapada Citta Vagga

1. The flickering, fickle mind, difficult to guard, difficult to
control – the wise person straightens it as a fletcher straightens
an arrow.

2. Like a fish that is drawn from its watery abode and thrown upon
land, even so does this mind flutter. Hence should the realm of the
passions be shunned.

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Dhammapada Story
The monk Meghiya was overcome by evil thoughts. The Buddha
admonished him to subdue his mind.

Sinhala version:
ධම්මපද චිත්ත වග්ගය

1. සැලෙන්නා වූද, එක අරමුණක නොසිටින්නා වූද, නොරැක්ක හැකි වූද, තුන් දුසිරිතින් වැළකිය හැකි වූද සිත සිත ප්‍රාඥ තෙම ඍජු කරන්නේය. කුමක් මෙන්ද යත් හී වඩුවෙක් හී දණ්ඩක් ඍජු කරන්නාක් මෙනි.

2. කෙලෙස් සහිත මේ සිත දියෙන් ගොඩ ලු මසෙකු මෙන් නොයෙක් අරමුණෙහි කරකැවීම් වශයෙන් සැලෙන්නේය.එහෙයින් කෙලෙස් නැසිය යුතුය.

ප්‍රභවය: ධර්‍මම පදාරථ ව්‍යාඛාව, 1936
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4 scientific studies on how meditation can affect your heart, brain and creativity

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Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible, refreshing experience. But usually, as I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, while I know that I’m supposed to be letting all thoughts go, more and more fly through my mind. Soon I have a laundry-list of “to-dos” in my head … and then my legs fall asleep. It’s all downhill from there.

Today’s TED Talk, however, might actually convince me to give meditation another shot.

“We live in an incredibly busy world. Our pace of life is often frantic, our minds are always busy, and we’re always doing something,” says Andy Puddicombe at the TEDSalon London Fall 2012. “The sad fact is that we’re so distracted that we are no longer present in the world in which we live. We miss out on the things…

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Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset: Which One Are You?

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Here is an excerpt from an article about Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University:

Through more than three decades of systematic research, [Carol Dweck] has been figuring out answers to why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t—why some become Muhammad Ali and others Mike Tyson. The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed.

To anyone who is into personal growth and self-improvement, this seems obvious. But clearly, it is not obvious to everybody: look at this diagram by Nigel Holmes representing the two types of mindsets and I’ll sure you’ll recognize the attitudes of many people you know.

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Let’s have a look, starting with the Fixed Mindset side:

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People who hold these beliefs think that “they are the way they are”…

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