Mind Mapping is a way to take your main thoughts about a project, and place them on paper as a sketch. The more elaborate your project, the more detailed the sketch. This helps you see your project as a concrete vision.
The good thing is, you do not have to write it out in full or abbreviate words.
For example if your niche is Jazz Singing, you would simply start off with that being the main topic.
Then think of sub topics related to singing.
This could be:
Warm Up Technique
With sub topics such as Lyrics, Rhyming, Rhythm, Chorus, Bridge , Tempo
Staccato, Music Keys, Scales, Arpeggio, Grades, Chords, Ergonomic piano stools,
You Get The Idea….
What is Mind Mapping For?
It is for sketching out your planned vision so that you can look at it instead of dreaming. I have discovered people who write their goals out, and look at them several times a day, have more focus and clearer thinking as a result.
This is where mind mapping comes into play – a written dream board. Talking of dreamboards, you can also stick photos of your dreams and visions for the next 3 months, – 2 years on to an A3 whiteboard or cardboard.
For example, a garden flat, a piano or a style of clothes that suits you.
Points to remember;
- Keep it simple
- Use different coloured marker pens to emphasise each vision category.
- Take pictures of it and save to your mobile, so that you can view it on the go.
- Make some photocopies to place in certain parts of your room or house
- Remember it takes approximately 3 months to unlearn a bad habit or gain a good one.
For example, Proverbs 2:10-11 says this;
When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you, and understanding shall keep you
If you have been taught negative thinking or have negative friends, it can seep into your sub-conscious mind without you realising it. There is another saying that old habits die hard.
So How Are You Going to Change?
Possessions make you happy for a short while and then what? The next shiny button? Take a minute to pause and think of ways you can become a better person. Someone with character who knows what to say and the way to say it. For example, becoming kinder, gentle and slower speaking.
Channel your thoughts into creativity rather than watching TV for 3 hours a week. Your life is worth more than gold. It is priceless! Why worship video gaming when you could build a Tiny House for the homeless?
Think about it – train your mind, renew it and think of your dream board from a different perspective. You need a million pounds because you would like to give to your favourite charity. Brilliant. Let’s start with the small change first.
You see the thing is, every person you hear of who is a millionaire, not only has a different mindset, they are very big givers. Who started with a few pounds and made it multiply. I reasoned that there are spenders, watchers, savers and investors.
- Spenders do just that, every chance to spend is taken. Left with an empty barrel at the end of the month
- Watchers watch how they spend their money and calculate what they spend, when they spend and, on what.
- Savers save most of their money. And can be quite stingy sometimes!
- Investors tend to save some of their money and then invest some into stocks shares, property or even land.
- Givers are those who first give to church or charity
- Save some
- Invest some
- Watch how their investments are prospering, then
- Spend some
Personally, I found that once I decided to be a little more cautious with my spending habits, and give at the appropriate time to the right people, my finances flourished.
So What Has This Got to Do With Mind Mapping?
Plenty. You can do a Financial Mind Map for yourself, a Spiritual Mind Map, A Physical Exercise Mind Map and a Friendships Mind Map. Let us do this together!
Financial Mind Map
Would you call yourself a spender? Do you keep to your budget? Have you anything left over at the end of the month? If not – let us start with a budget mind map. List your income and write it down.
Write down everything you spend on a daily basis for a whole week. At the end of the week, look for ways where you can spend less money on unimportant things. Yes, food is important, but it shouldn’t be at the top of your list. Think of a Church or Charity that you can bless with one tenth of your income.
Put this in an envelope marked Charity. Put it somewhere safe. Next, prioritise what you need your money for – meaning write what you spend in order of importance.
It could be something like:
Now you have listed details of your income and outgoings, Your Mind Map will look like this when you have written down your list in detail:
As a Dream Board, now write and display pictures of your dreams and visions for yourself, future and family. It does not necessarily have to be a car or a house, but maybe more theme park trips with your children. If you need to cut pictures from your magazines to fill your dream board, fine. Ultimately, you want a dream board reflecting where you want to be financially, in the next two years.
Spiritual Mind Map
Pause for 10 minutes and think how you can improve as a person. For example,
Meditate for 10 minutes to half an hour daily. On Scripture verses relating to renewing your mind. One example is : the latter verse of Luke 8:15…a good and honest heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience
Meaning, when you hear wise words and keep meditating on them faithfully, your patience will grow and you will bear fruit. This fruit could be wise friends, wholesome thoughts and honesty.
For Your Spiritual Mind Map
Write a List of virtues you would like to have.
- Righteousness…. And the list goes on.
Also write down the kind of friends you need to have supporting this “revamped” You.
Physical Exercise Mind Map
It’s easy to set New Year Resolutions, but we all know they can slide as the months glide by. Especially when it comes to exercise. Depending where fat lays on your body, it can be hard to shift unless you make a decision to be specific as to the amount of inches you want to lose.
An athlete or fitness model will keep their overall body shape toned. Especially 3 months before competitions. They will eat small to medium meals at specific times during the day, making sure to get an early night’s sleep.
Meals could be mostly protein and salads with high glycaemic carbohydrates like sweet potatoes or brown rice.
So your Physical Exercise Mind Map could consist of:
- Your Fitness goals with exact measurements of your waist, thigh circumference, arms, hips and chest.
- Aerobic Exercise of your choice, such as cycling
- Anaerobic Exercise, free weights or kettle bell exercises
- Pilates or Bikram Yoga
Also detail the emotional state you would like to achieve as a result of doing this.. For example, serene, elated, sharper mind or energetic.
Sports clothes – whether designer or lookalikes. What style of sportswear suits you
How often you will train, the intensity and for what amount of time. For example, 3-4 times a week twice daily light exercise or, 5 days a week a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic exercise on alternate days. That is, our training schedule.
Your Meal Planning for a Week
Foods to Avoid If Shredding Weight
Foods to Eat For Gaining Muscle
Exercise for strengthen joints
You get the picture?
Let’s Mind Map for Physical Exercise!
Friendship Mind Map
As we grow older, it is important to keep long term friendships with people who you are trustworthy and wise. We may have them in our families or in at college. Or even at work. Some of us make a few good friends while others have many more.
I call a friend a ‘friend’ when they may know a fault you have and still love you as if you didn’t. Does that make sense? Imagining and treating you as though you have not sinned. Well the only way to really love someone is to pray for them according to God’s will and not your own. Ask God what He would have you say when you pray for your friend or family member.
First of all, we can think of their good points and thank God for everyone of them. Then acknowledge their bad traits and ask God to soften their heart and learn to listen to Him. I understand people will listen to you as deeply as you listen to Him.
By putting Him first every day and praying for our friends or family members, He is pleased with us and rewards us accordingly.
Now Let’s Mind Map!
As this post is getting long, I will leave you to do the Friendship Mind Map on your own. Tell me how you get on in the Comments Section.