When it comes to thinking power, memory and creativity, there are often terrifying misconceptions about how to best develop and use these to your advantage. Forget zombies, ghosts and witches, these 3 frighteningly convincing myths are sure to spook you out of success.
Trick: Unless you’re a mad scientist, mathematical genius, or Archimedes himself, you’ll probably never say ‘Eureka!’. In the reality of our everyday routine, such realisations are actually the culminating result of prior hard work and time. Because we believe in this myth, it can be frustrating when innovation doesn’t come to us immediately. Research shows that this initial hard work and thinking needs time to incubate in our subconscious mind as we connect threads. Only then can our ideas materialise as eureka-like innovations.
Treat: With iMindMap 11’s classic Mind Map View, use memorable images and strong keywords on your Mind Map’s branches to spark connections and associations between your initial ideas. Mind Mapping uses colours and images to reflect the way your radiant mind works. Remember to give your thoughts time. Take a break from your Mind Map and when you return, perhaps then you’ll hit upon your lightbulb moment.
Trick: It’s true that mental activity of various kinds can become automated because thought is required to consider and modify actions. But, automatic mental activity is not conscious. So, with these actions and thought processes being automated in the subconscious, the conscious mind is freed up for thought. Therefore, the kind of thinking you want to utilise requires effort and must consciously be initiated.
Treat: Fire conscious bursts of thought into Fast Capture’s Bubble Web to create a network of infinite ideas. Explore your conscious mind further by categorising and connecting your ideas in Bubble Groups, leading to innovative solutions – that definitely aren’t automatic.
Trick: Many believe that being creative is something that we are born with, perhaps because ‘creativity’ is too often associated with ‘artistic ability’. Just because you can’t paint a vase of flowers or design a winning webpage for your company, doesn’t mean you’re unable to think creatively. If you spend your life thinking you’re not creative, you probably never will be. People who have confidence and work the hardest on a problem are the ones most likely to arrive at creative solutions.
Treat: iMindMap’s Brainstorm View is incredibly visual and always looks great no matter what you add. So, with the ‘artistic’ already being taken care of, you’re free to explore your creativity. Unlike a traditional brainstorm, transform your ideas into further inspiration with Brainstorm View’s moodboard-style cork board. You can also use your Brainstorm to present to colleagues and clients; it’s engaging design will help you and your ideas to appear to be creative, even if you don’t feel it.