A Share from MindMaps Unleashed 

http://mindmapsunleashed.com/meet-the-experts-of-mind-mapping

I am honored. I guess that’s what comes from Mind Mapping for nearly a quarter century!

Map on, friends. 

Brain Byte: Focused Reading

For years I have been involved in an in-depth Bible Study.  Some may think it too in-depth at a glance and say, “you spent one whole week in ONE chapter?”  However, brain researchers concur that focused reading has greater benefit than ‘cramming’ your studies.

Read More of Less

Reading, in general, is good for the brain. But reading fewer books and articles so you can give each of them more focused attention may be even better. “Our brain doesn’t do very well with too much information. The more you download, the more it shuts the brain down,” says Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, director of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas. “It’s better to read one or two good articles and think about them in a deeper sense rather than read 20.”

BiggerPlate Mind Mapping Conference

I am super excited to share with you an opportunity coming soon to New York City on March 10, 2016.  It is the BiggerPlate Mind Mapping Conference.  From their website:

Join the only conference in the world dedicated entirely to mind mapping!

Our annual member conference boasts highly impressive speaker contributions, as well as opportunities to participate in interactive sessions where you can share your views, and learn from other atttendees! Biggerplate Unplugged focuses on opportunities, innovation, and collaboration within the mind mapping world, and we invite you to join us in New York for another great gathering of the Biggerplate mind mapping community!

Theme: Mind Mapping for the 21st Century Knowledge Worker

We believe mind mapping software is the missing link and the must-have tool for modern workers in business and education. Our mind map library contains thousands of free mind map templates and mind mapping examples to show you how real people around the world are using mind maps every day to improve their working and learning!

I hope you can join in on the event.  The price is $129, which seems like a great price point for the shared learning experience.  I am unable to make it this year, but am aiming for 2017 and beyond.

In addition, I believe you will find the Mind Map samples and other resources available at Bigger Plate’s website quite valuable.

Go out and create!

Maker of the Sea

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Brain Byte: Put Your Smartphone Down and Look Around

Photo Credit: Meme Binge on Flickr

Photo Credit: Meme Binge on Flickr

My husband has not worn a watch in the 30 years that I have known him, yet he can tell you the time within minutes. He seems to have an innate sense of time. He can also drive me almost anywhere within our state without using a GPS. In fact, he says, “Turn that thing off!” If I enlist the help of the friendly Navigator App on my smartphone. He has a keen picture in his mind of where he is going; keeps his sense of direction and navigates more by his internal compass than actual road names. He knows if he goes about 20 miles east, 4 miles south, takes a turn west at the destination road, that he will soon arrive where he set out to be.

He is also aware of the environment around him: he watches the clouds, feels the air, and smells a storm a mile away. According to the “world’s smartest person” Marilyn Vos Savant in her book, Brain Building in Just 12 Weeks, my husband is doing the work of a genius.

Ms. Vos Savant suggests in Brain Builders #44 that we stop wearing a watch or looking at a clock for one week and instead start tuning into time. She points to the fact that animals have body clocks and so do humans. However, we are losing touch with our natural rhythms of time due to the reliance of technology and not using our brain as our time tool. Think about the migration of birds and the movement of certain fish, like salmon returning to the same spawning hole each year at the same time.

Think about what you are thinking about or NOT thinking about.  How much are you relying on technology?  How much of the time are you relying on your own built in senses and bio-computer?  The more you do the later, the smarter and more equipped you become to respond to your changing environment.  I am afraid it is true: “Smartphones are making us dumb.”

My Brain Byte challenge to you this week: Put down the Smartphone and look around! Now go out there and get smarter.

Your Stressed Brain and Learning

Rule #8 of John Medina’s Brain Rules: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.

Why?

Emotional stress causes us to lack focus and inhibits our ability to retain information. This impacts kids’ school work and employee’s productivity.

The body’s defense system releases adrenaline and cortisol in immediate response to a serious but passing danger, such as a oncoming car in your lane. If you are facing hostility at home or work on a regular basis or YOU are the one with raging anger daily – your body deregulates a system which was created to deal with short-term responses.  This becomes dangerous to your health.

Chronic stress produces adrenaline which creates scars in your blood vessels that can cause a heart attack or stroke, and cortisol damages the cells of the hippocampus, crippling your ability to learn and remember information that may be crucial to your success.

Brain Byte: The Power of Belief

“The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.” Richard M. DeVos (Billionaire entrepreneur)

Have you ever heard of the classroom mixup where the Gifted and Talented students were assigned to the teacher who expected the Low Performers and the Low Performers were assigned to the Gifted & Talented teacher?  Although the students were different, the expectations of the unsuspecting teachers remained the same. Those who were expected to perform well – did, even though they did not have a past record of high performance.  The students who were expected to perform at par to sub-par, did so, in spite of the fact that they had been performing remarkably prior to this switch.

Belief has a powerful impact on performance.  

Where does your belief need to change and where is it working at it’s best?

How are your beliefs impacting the performance of others?

Where are your beliefs holding you back?

Brain Byte: Identify Your Motivator

Most of us need a little cause and effect; a little compelling reason to get up extra early and get moving ‘toward something.’

Write your goal for the day__________________________________.

Now identify your motivators so that you are sure to exceed your own expectations:

What motivates you to put in extra time and effort?

What motivates you to spend extra money?

What motivates you to learn?

What motivates you to work harder?

What motivates you to improve your relationship?

What motivates you to become better at _________ (reading, speaking, weight lifting, sport, your job, etc.)?

By accomplishing (GOAL), I will gain (RESULTS = potential Motivator).

Now, get up and get started!!

Scaling the Wall

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Brain Byte: Sell Yourself A New Habit

Bad Habits Store Sign

Photo Credit Brent Moore of Nashville

 

Habit is habit, and not to be thrown out the window by any man; but rather, coaxed down the stairs one step at a time. – Mark Twain

This is the time of year to talk habits.  Ridding old ones replacing with new ones.  I have written about the process of how habits form a pattern, or a groove, on your brain here.  According to Karl Albrecht in his book, Brain Power: Learn to Improve Your Thinking Skills, you can sell yourself on a chosen new habit!

He marks out the step-wise process of a professional salesperson persuading a customer to buy a product:

1)  Attention – the customer realizes the product exists

2) Interest – customer thinks the product fills a need

3) Desire – customer wants product

4) Action – customer commits to purchase and sale is closed

Albrecht says these same four steps, AIDA, may be used to sell yourself a new habit pattern.

1. Clearly identify the old habit pattern you want to change in specific, observable terms [Attention]

2. Clearly identify the new habit you want to install in your brain’s system of patterns; do not say “stop procrastinating” because your brain does not operate effectively to negative commands, instead specifically detail the desired results.  For example, “leave for work at 8:15 to arrive early for work”. [Interest]

3. Make yourself fully aware of the situations in which the old habit comes into play so that you can consciously replace the undesired behavior with the desired behavior. This may take several days to weeks to evaluate.  What is triggering the desire to do the old habit?  The new habit must become more desirable. [Desire]

4. Systematically act out the new behavior over and over until it starts to become an unconscious and fully established habit. [Action]

Remember it takes 21 days of consecutive action to form a new “groove” on your brain, i.e., to form a new habit.  It will take longer if you miss days or only perform the action one time per day.

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