xenspirit 110 Posted January 4 Hello Friends, Since it is the new year and a time that many people choose to refine and change their life goals, I would like to recommend to you some ideas and tools related to mind mapping. I am very much a visual thinker, but also I am very detail oriented. I have a hard time in my head of translating the fine details or the small goals into the bigger picture of where I am going. For me, this makes a very difficult and sometimes confused bog of too many ideas for me to sort out. I also tend to be a little hypomanic in my idea creation, so you can only imagine maybe the inspired ideas that I have which are fractured by scattered energy if I cannot put myself on a course of solid direction and keep finding my way back to that path. A mind map is a way of connecting ideas. It's a great way to brainstorm or turn the seed of an idea into a plan. It's a wonderful tool for writers to organize stories. Mind maps can be tools of collaboration for managers and creative business people. Here are a few examples of companies that offer websites and or apps. But there are dozens of free and paid apps for this purpose. A good example of a career which uses mind maps is the film industry and it's usage of story boards. A mind map can be as simple as cut out pictures or text from a magazine used to create a vision board which is a very specific kind of mind map, or very intricate ones with multiple levels such as those that organize the plot of a novel. Many of the websites and apps offer free templates if it is hard for you to get started. Here is an example (see pic below) which is a life plan template I made on the website mindmeister. But they can be a simple list of goals with or without pictures. I take the plan I have created each year and revise it. I am sure to mark for my own satisfaction things which I have completed. What I have found is that when you are stuck in a rut of feeling like you are going nowhere, that just having short, medium, and long ranged (even crazy unrealistic long range) plans acts like ”The Power of Positive Thinking” or a subconscious influence on our direction.