Turning Desperation Into Inspiration

We all have moments of being stuck in indecision. It can be like a spinning hamster wheel in your head leaving you circling round and round never moving in any real direction and unable to decide which way to go.

Some people make long lists using a sort of Ben Franklin approach with a line down the center of a page and headings of pro and con to help when making a decision. This may work well if a yes or no answer is required, but most of life’s questions need more than a this or that kind of response.

Sometimes you need a more creative approach to sort things out and mind-mapping is one that works well for me. It offers more than just a yes or no solution and often helps clarify the question.

Internet Image from Wikipedia

Mind-mapping expands rather than limits my options and often uncovers possibilities I hadn’t considered when struggling with a problem. More importantly it takes me out of an energy sapping cycle and gets me moving in ways that are more productive.

Mine tend to look more like the one below with just words rather than the one above with the pictures too.

Mind-mapping Guidelines (Image From Wikipedia)

While there are software programs designed to help with mind-mapping, I prefer the old-fashioned way using colored pens and paper, a technique I learned at my first creative workshop around 1982. It’s been life changing and I’ll be forever grateful to my good friend Bill Merritt, for taking me along that day.

Wikipedia Image

Give it a try if you’re feeling stuck in some area of your life to see what you may discover and if you’re willing to share your results, send me a photo and I’ll post it here.

6 thoughts on “Turning Desperation Into Inspiration

    • But can it help you out of the endless loop?,
      sometimes being stuck in the endless loop inside you mind,
      becomes a haven, that you become familiar with,
      and then, dont want to move on from.
      Tony Sanders.

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  2. I am intrigued…
    I am trying to think of topics having to do with the brain to teach to a work shop at my kids new school, and maybe this woudl be helpful and cool. Do you think?


  3. The mind must like be a running stream, if it comes to a still pool, then the banks will burst.
    and you will have a flood on your hands, and will not cope, keep the stream running, talk and dont stop until a new branch or direction is reached. Dont give up and just say, what the …… does it matter anyway. dont follow a path just to follow a path. follow a path in the direction that your heart says, its this way.

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