Do you wish you could predict the future? What you need is the next best thing: A visual system for considering future scenarios. A mind map is an ideal tool for this type of thinking.
As we approach the end of another year, our thoughts inevitably turn to a critically important question:
What’s coming next and how can I prepare?
For many of us, this question is the cause of much nerve-wracking worry, as our world – and our workplaces – become more unstable and unpredictable. Just staying afloat can become a major challenge at times.
How can you deal with and plan for this level of uncertainty?
The traditional approach of brainstorming and taking notes – using a text document, whiteboard or personal journal – doesn’t help us much. These linear formats make it hard to connect the dots and see which potential decisions may most advantageous and which may not. Plus, there’s a level of complexity here that just doesn’t lend itself to traditional thought processes.
The alternative is to do nothing. Maintain the status quo. React to whatever happens. How’s that been working for you so far?
I don’t know about you, but I’d MUCH rather be proactive than reactive.
Mind mapping future scenarios
What if you had a crystal ball that would let you peer into the future?
What if you had a visual way to think through and anticipate future trends and developments? What if you could visually outline and compare potential scenarios? Here’s what that could look like:
On the job
- You could gain insights that you could use to make better decisions about your job and career.
- You’d also look great to your boss and the senior management team at work, because you’d be contributing keen insights about the business that no one else can.
- And that could position you for your next promotion.
On a personal basis
- Scenario planning can help you expand your skills to match emerging trends – and accelerate your career in exciting directions
- It can help you weigh personal decisions, “looking forward” to anticipate the likely results of different courses of action
- A mind map is an ideal tool for exploring future life and business scenarios. And I’ve written a report that can help you get started – fast!
Creating a scenario map is easy and fun, and it takes full advantage of all of the capabilities of the basic capabilities of mind mapping software – no matter which program you use.
In this latest Mind Mapping Insider special report, I explain the benefits of using mind mapping software to help you envision future scenarios. I also explain, step by step, how to create one, and how to customize it to meet your needs. You’ll learn how to use icons to set priority or value, adding links and attach documents to document your research and how to “score” events based on their likelihood to happen.
Finally, I provide links to a scenario map template I created to help you hit the ground running with this exercise, in 4 map formats.
Why leave the future to chance?
Increase your odds of surviving and thriving by learning how to do scenario planning with mind maps.
If you are a member of the Mind Mapping Insider group, you already have access to this report. If not, becoming a member is another way to get access to this report – and over 100 other resources that will help you become an expert mind mapper.
Business is more uncertain than ever. “Business as usual” planning isn’t enough any more. To help you keep up with today’s challenges and to anticipate tomorrow’s opportunities, I urge you to become a member of the Mind Mapping Insider membership group. You’ll get access to over 100 reports, analyses, interviews and tools to help you become a master mind mapper.
There’s no obligation – why not try it out today?