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To the Point, Issue #0021 -- Why Mind Map & A Radiant Thanksgiving to U!
November 21, 2012

Mind Maps & Radiant Thinking

To the Point, A just-in-time newsletter published by Lisa Kellogg

  • Today's Points: Mind Maps & Radiant Thinking
  • What's Next?: Quiet Power & New Grooves
  • End Point: Expand Your Day with Play!

What Are Mind Maps?

Why would you create one?

If you are not familiar with mind maps, they are a non-linear visual diagramming, thinking and planning tool. Created using whole mind or "radiant thinking", mind maps are used for many and varied purposes. I use mapping most often with clients or in my own life as a process for:

  • Visual thinking & brainstorming
  • Problem solving & creativity generation
  • Future life & work imagining and planning
You can find more about them and a how to description on the mind maps page of my website. Great for bringing forth previously unrecognized connections, you never know what you will discover.

Recently while I was mind mapping a book I am writing, I was pleasantly surprised to have just such an experience. A convergence of many ideas that have been in development all came together in a new directions and solved a puzzle that I had been tinkering with for some time.

Note: The above image is an example of how detailed and interconnected maps can be but is impossible to read at this size. I created this simple generic one below to demonstrate the simplicity of the structure.

A Future Life Mind Map

Shhh Quiet!

Well the cat is out...Yes, I said it, I am writing a book. It's a big gulp goal for me. I decided to share it, so that I would not chicken out. Once you start telling people about a goal it helps you hold the commitment.

Do you have a big gulp goal?

Consider sharing it. Sometimes in the early stages, it makes sense to protect and prepare a dream or goal but don't be quiet about it for too long or you might lose your momentum.

Speaking of QUIET!

Yes, I know it's been a while since you've heard from me, I've been a little preoccupied reclaiming my introverted self.

Last Spring I read Susan Cain's bestselling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.

Her consideration of cultural norms and how they can contribute to our expectations for ourselves and others in both subtle and powerful ways really hit home.

As a creative, who seems to require a lot of quiet, alone time, and especially before and after speaking, presenting or being at events, I have not always been so pleased with this quality. Though, I am not sorry for the growth and skills I've developed by stretching my comfort zones in this arena, the self judgment that used to ride along with it has been a waste of energy.

Susan Cain's TED Talk video is a great introduction to the book and wonderful reminder to honor how you and others around you work best. Quiet:The Power of Susan Cain

Whether you consider yourself an introvert to some degree or not, you likely know someone who judges themselves negatively for their introverted qualities. Thank you Susan Cain for drawing attention to the need for a more balanced perspective!

New Grooves: Creating Healthy Habits

I have been working on how to create my days in a healthy fulfilling way, balancing varied interests and needs which can sometimes feel like...


  • a bowling ball
  • a chair, and
  • a sheet

If you feel challenged by the same, keep an eye out for January classes in my next issue, or sooner by going to Coaching Classes

Wishing You a Radiant Thanksgiving!

I believe I may have sent a slightly different version of this video A Good Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast before, but this version has an especially sweet intro by a young girl and it is timely with the holiday. Thanks Bibi and Next World TV for sending it to me. Enjoy! A Good Day

And Don't Forget to Expand Your Day With Play!

Any comments? Ideas? Feedback? Other "Points" you think I should include? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply and tell me what you think!

Looking Forward,

Exercise your Imagination, Act on your Passion & Find Fun-fillment!
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