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Odd Combinations

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 11:16 AM PDT

Creating random connections and pairing odd combinations supercharges your idea generation abilities.

As you combine random objects and ideas some will naturally be crazy or impractical, others shear entertainment and occasionally you may stumble upon a new idea that really works and has great potential. The beauty of discovery, combining dreams, imagination and the already known.

The odd combinations mind map example contains random words to explore unlikely pairings; some I could develop further, others had no immediate connection. As a further option I could cross pair by plucking and combining any of the words that appear in the mind map – examples might be water socks and bed boots.

Here are ten starter tips for creating odd combinations:

1. Open books at random pages and pair words or phrases
2. Listen to the very next thing someone says and add it to the next thing someone else says
3. Visualise objects out of their normal environments such as imagining items hanging in trees
4. Combine products such as a torch and a timer to create a timer torch; a torch that shows battery power
5. Revisit existing ideas and imagine a modern version (see the "How could you modernize a door?" Mind Map)
6. Combine occupations; ask someone outside your field of expertise how they might tackle your project
7. Read your surroundings; signs, shops, vehicles, packaging, magazines, clothing etc & make combinations
8. As with comedy sketches, imagine items in unlikely scenarios such as a toilet in an elevator
9. Channel swap on T.V. and radio; example: listen to the news and finish the sentence on another station
10. Read two books or scripts and combine stories like the channel swap idea

The Odd Combinations Mind Map is one of over 20 Mind Maps which appear in my E-Book Idea Creation<

The beauty of creating combinations is that they are infinite. Someone had to invent the odd combination of peanut butter and jam sandwiches – have you tried them? 🙂

What might you discover?

Now Tree Mind Map

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 11:14 AM PDT

Always Now

Nature knows this

Future not here yet

Past has gone

Life happens now

Time does not exist

See also:

Affirmation Tree Mind Map

Present Moment Awareness

Now Mind Map

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 11:11 AM PDT

Only this moment

Future not here yet

Stay in this moment

Just this one moment

The past has gone

Clock time does not exist


Newly Diagnosed Diabetic Mind Map

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 11:10 AM PDT

A handy checklist for anyone newly diagnosed with diabetes

Never See Walls

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 11:08 AM PDT

Some of the strongest walls we build are the internal ones we create ourselves. Is there a wall holding you back? Have you created a wall in front of you? Can you develop x-ray vision and see through it, break it down or find a route round? Are your dreams always further than the next horizon or beyond the next wall? Are you waiting for gates to open or building new gates?

Ideas need space. Thoughts need space. Dreams need space. Time to think. 100 years from now, what might life be like? Enter imagination:

What could you invent now by dreaming of future worlds?

I love the work of Byron Katie – she asks four questions that can change your life starting with "Is that true?". A wonderful technique for personal transformation and equally brilliant for exploring anything in life be it business, research or innovation.

To never see walls all you need is a questioning mindset; allowing curiosity to feed possibility.

What is the unseen? Is it there already waiting to be uncovered or does it require inventing to become "seen".

Michelangelo said he kept carving until the statue appeared from inside the marble.

What might there be behind the walls we create?

When we travel, moving from point A to point B there are dozens of methods for getting there – and likewise in every field there are dozens of possibilities in terms of ideas. Your imagination is so powerful you can travel the world; explore space; create new universes, even without going anywhere. You also have the power to cloud possibilities and to cover up your dreams. The power to create walls; physical or mental.

Could the difference between success and failure be as simple as a thought?

Your thoughts can stop you or you can take charge and make things happen.

What will you choose?

What might you be capable of achieving if you never see walls?

Negative Positive Filing

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 11:06 AM PDT

This Mind Map and the tips below will help you to become the master of your own thinking.

Whatever you focus on expands.

If you have repetitive negative thoughts, you may like to try a simple technique of noticing your thoughts as they come and filing them in imaginary in-trays labelled negative and positive.

Perhaps even imagine the negative in-tray as bottomless; you can file negative thoughts and let go instantly – the thoughts disappear through the tray and drift off into the distant universe. Your positive thoughts can be stored, revisited and built upon.

Awareness of your thinking gives you the power to make positive change both within and without.

By noticing your thoughts you will be able to develop the ability to take charge of your own thinking and moods.

The process doesn't require too much hard work or effort; go easy on yourself and simply try raising your awareness of your thinking

If you are aware that negative or repetitive thoughts have arisen you can more quickly discard them – the awareness also lessens the impact of any negativity by helping to prevent a spiral of even more erroneous thoughts gathering.

Picture your thoughts as clouds – the darker ones being negative and trying to gather together to create a storm. Your positive thoughts are lighter, fluffy and harmless.

Welcome the positive and sift carefully yet gently.

You could write your negative thoughts down.

Perhaps keep a thought journal or Mind Map and review which thoughts keep cropping up and devise a plan for replacing them with more empowering and positive thinking.

Being aware of your thoughts helps you make wiser choices.

The Negative/Positive Filing Mind Map looks at ways to take charge of your thinking; become aware of your thoughts and focus so that you can take action to harness beneficial, positive and productive thinking.

Because the mind likes to think and we apparently have about 60,000 thoughts every day, the process is an ongoing game of thought tennis!

Imagine the potential of reducing your thoughts by 10% saving you 6,000 thoughts!

Now imagine the possibility of a 50% reduction – encouraging greater clarity and peace and allowing new thinking and ideas to come to you.

The mind loves to think and knowing this you can begin to detach and observe your thoughts so that they aren't trying to drag you away to areas you don't wish to think about.

If you visualise sorting your thoughts into two imaginary trays labelled "Negative" and "Positive" you can begin to see that you have control over your thinking and can make choices on what you read, think or action.

With more awareness, you can ask yourself questions such as:

Is what I am thinking productive and useful?

Is what I am reading negative or affecting me in a negative way?

Is what I am watching contributing to my happiness?

Are my actions this very moment helping or hindering my inner peace?

There are of course hundreds more questions you can devise to keep a check on yourself and to become more aware of what is happening inside.

Your thoughts make your world – and in addition to your thinking you can take the process a stage further by filing and dealing with physical items in your life that prompt thoughts that you do not wish to have.

This goes for TV, film, DVD's, Books, Magazines, Music, Websites, Blogs etc – anything that is causing you anguish; it is up to you to avoid. Take responsibility for what you let in.

Objects that trigger negative thoughts can either be put away out of view or discarded. The De-Clutter Mind Map expands on cleansing your inner and outer environment.

I created a FREE 85 Page "Stop Thinking" E-Book which explores taking charge of your thinking and includes ways to reduce erroneous thoughts plus meditation and relaxation techniques and also enhancing creativity and idea generation.

If you wish to challenge yourself you could try the 52 Things to Drop for a week Mind Map

Just as with habits, replacing bad ones with good ones, you can choose productive, empowering and positive thoughts over negative ones.

When you have a negative thought ask yourself: "What caused me to have this thought?" Trace the thought to help you combat repetitive thinking. Replace the thought to focus on more positive areas and then take action wherever possible to eradicate what caused the negativity.

You might try writing out triggers and perhaps even shredding them!

Or, if you keep a journal or mind map as suggested earlier you could perhaps make it into a checklist and tick off areas that you have transcended as you go – this allows more focus on areas that are left and require greater attention to overcome.

The bottom line here is responsibility – taking charge of the thoughts that you are thinking and why you are thinking them.

Take action on any paperwork, objects and habitual behaviours, realise what is sparking any negativity and recycle or reframe thoughts to more positive scenarios and possibilities.

Change takes time and is an ongoing process – be patient with yourself.

Take it one step at a time; become more aware of what causes you to feel negative and decide to do something positive about it.

Remember; whatever thoughts you have are just thoughts.

Even if you start reducing small areas, over a period of time you should start to see benefits and gradually you can become the master of your own thinking.

Related Themes:

Present Moment Awareness Mind Map

FREE 85 Page Stop Thinking E-Book (includes Stop Thinking Tips Mind Map)

Dealing with a Negative Thought Mind Map

Anger is an illusion Mind Map

Affirmation Tree Mind Map

Selected further reading:

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Loving What is by Byron Katie

Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer

Stop Thinking & Start Living by Richard Carlson

Highly recommended:

Adam Sicinski's MasterMind Matrix:

Read my review of the Matrix

Needs vs. Wants Mind Map

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Great questions to ask prior to purchasing on impulse are Can I live without it? or Do I really need it?

The De-Clutter Mind Map looked at freeing up space both inner and outer and here is a new Mind Map Template to jot down a few Needs vs. Wants Needs are often few whereas wants are infinite hence a few more branches that side!

My Plan Mind Map

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 10:45 AM PDT

Here is a New Blank Mind Map Template which can be used for Planning be it Life, Career, Business, Job; anything basically!

Feel free to chop and change branches this is just a starting point to make it easy.

Motivation Blank Mind Map

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 10:44 AM PDT

What motivates you?

Try filling in a few ideas on this blank version of the Motivation Mind Map

No need to complete every line – unless you wish; you can add more lines if required. Add some graphics if you like.

Motivation Mind Map

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 10:43 AM PDT