Use thankfulness as a mental tool to build cool new pathways, by monitoring your inner voice. Include a small dose of thanks, then get ready to alter challenges for a finer step into your day. Check out the power of human-brains-on-thanks – and gratitude follows.
GK Chesterton taught thanks as the highest form of thought, and gratitude as happiness doubled by wonder. You? Continue reading →
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Many good friends and colleagues here in this list, remind us daily to keep on creating and to join together in ways that lead innovation toward a fine place for all.
For me – that always comes back to leading innovation with the brain in mind. You?
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Imagine mentor tasks where all learn, all teach and all lead. It’s called mindguiding – and it uses new neuro discoveries.
Mentors learn to lead – by working with their brain’s amazing equipment to learn, grow and collaborate with another person in symbiotic activities.
In contrast to traditional mentors who mostly teach, mindguides work together in a vibrant set of tasks that help them to learn, lead and inspire change mutually – as they grow personally. Continue reading →
25. Imagine We-They Circles
Female and male brains differ biologically and intellectually in ways that few optimize. Cultural preferences differ and you can capitalize of people’s unique strengths. Change filters to write from new views.
Change filters to insert new view. Write from different filters, from another person’s vantage point. Ask readers to do the same.
What benefits could come to your day from brain related details on gender learning differences?
24. Propose Plausible Solutions
The brain creates new neuron pathways toward possibilities you propose to problems encountered. Design innovative solutions!
Create T-Chart – and on left side – list 3 problems.
On the right ride of T-Chart list plausible solutions.
Write possibilities from T-Chat list and discuss doable solutions to address any problems raised.
It’s really about moving from STUCK to UNSTUCK! (Can you identify with this video?)
How will you design your best solutions this week?
23. Teach Readers as Your Learn
Inspire creativity and invention through teaching at the same time you also learn. Ask readers what you can do to help them to enjoy learning and teaching
Open with a brain booster question to build curiosity in your readers. Remind them that we retain far more whenever we teach others at the same time we learn. Model how to learn and teach at the same time.
See why telling works against brains – while engaging sparks interest.
22. Name Call
To name people with respect, is to spike personal awareness in their brains. That means looking for value that people add and communicating that value in your writing.
You may enjoy this link related to brains, new neuro discoveries and spoken names.
How will your writing cherish more names in ways that communicate genuine respect for another’s offerings?
21. Don’t Shrink Reader Brains
Stress can literally shrink brains. Use stress busters before you write.
1. Breath deeply 10 times, with an effort to relax.
2. Listen to classical or ambient music.
3. Appreciate something and write about it.
4. Remember fun with a good friend.
5. Break down a difficult fact into smaller pieces.
6. Write a comical story, or laugh at yourself.
7. Prioritize difficult parts of a problem.
8. Interview a person you admire most.
9. Tackle one difficult thing to show courage.
10. Create a winning stress-buster to relax.
What stress-free event will describe your day?
20. Integrate Right and Left Brain
It often takes a few whole brain essentials to communicate big pictures for a wider audience.
From their left brains readers look for language, detail, scientific facts, strategies, logical thinking and sequencing approaches to show the order or timelines explored.
From their right brains, readers may expect word pictures, shared stories, musical rhythms or designs with novel and innovative possibilities. The key is to integrate strengths as problem solving tools from both sides of your brain.
What will you write today to inspire people to use right and left brain strengths. How will you avoid errors shown in this interview video that prevented an applicant from landing her first job?
18. Rate Through Encouragement Boost a peer’s writing talents by encouragement. Support builds writing capabilities through raised serotonin .
Avoid punishing mistakes through negativity that sends stress hormones –or cortisol – that kill growth possibilities.
Pre-empt all feedback with appreciation. The brain fuels creativity with serotonin –increased by appreciation.
What if you rated every person as you would like to be rated?
What if your feedback opened innovative pathways for another person’s progress?
17. Play Plasticity to Win. How so?
Plasticity refers to the brain’s equipment to rewire your brain, and increase its capabilities to write. That said, plasticity expands writing ability when you:
~ Laugh at yourself
~ Speak and feel heard
~ Engage readers who rarely get involved
~ Monitor your inner language to succeed
~ Ask good questions respectfully
OK – it’s your turn! ~ How will you continue to play with new writing approaches to see what works best?
16. Outsource More Memory
Research and jot down a few new facts about your topic. It’s a bit like outsourcing unfamiliar facts and figures.
This frees up your working memory to focus on integrating these new facts in ways that solve real-life problems in your writing.
Working memory holds new facts a very short time, so you may wish to sketch the fact in a quick image or diagram next to its meaning.
15. Tackle Cynicism with Creativity
Cynical mindsets or pessimistic outlooks literally block creativity, impact talent, and stomp out innovation that could fuel your writing.
Cynicism at the start of an essay tanks creative possibilities for an entire work.
Convert toxic cynical statements into creative possibilities with brainy writing benefits.
Does your writing avoid toxins in the mind of a cynic?
14. Engage Multiple Intelligences
How will readers see your topics through language, self, others, visuals, music, movement, nature, science or math?
A far wider range of intelligences is common to all readers, yet used by few writers.
How will you hold the interest of readers who are strong in one or more of the intelligences named above? Survey your best intelligences for free!
What will an artist gain, or a musician, for instance?
13. Rev up Working Memory
Your brain’s basal ganglia stores facts and creates ruts, while its working memory in contrast, holds few facts and leads change.
Write to shift readers from basal ganglia ruts to new insights that engaging working memory.
After seeing this video, what will you write to ignite reader curiosity for new insights?
12. Hang New Facts on Old Hooks
Hook difficult facts onto one thing you know and more learning increases in less time.
Readers take away more when content they read about relates to their real-life experiences, or familiar observations.
Your words can help readers to see connections, in ways their brain will increase their appreciation from your written words.
11. Awaken Both Sides
Bring both sides to life – with brainpower tools to disagree.
Brain waves spark both deep reflections and peak performances on opposite sides of topics, based on how you activate them.
Research both sides of your essay topic, and then show why and how some readers will clearly support one side.
Then, with equal enthusiasm show why and how other readers will support an opposite side with similar vigor. Withhold personal opinions to show value on both sides.
10. Disagree by Building Goodwill – Write in tone that allows you to express alternatives with respect. Learn from views on another side.
Imagine many readers agreeing with one side because you agree well. Then see readers learning from your no-side – because you defend opposite views with similar solid facts.
Switch sides in ways that defend opposing views – with supportive examples to engage robust debate.
Respect ramps up curiosity for opposing views.