How Mind-Mapping Will Give You Clarity on Exactly How Your Thoughts Can Turn Into A Successful Business
If you’ve been able to create a clear vision of what you want from life, and have ideas about what you want to do, it’s time to start working on your business idea.
To start this process, you need to create a “mind map.” This is an incredibly useful tool for structuring your ideas and thoughts into a visual representation. And this can be done either on paper or electronically.
If you’re old school and prefer to write by hand, then post-it notes are the perfect solution for you because they can easily be moved and have different colors. Now if you’re like me, you’re probably doing everything on your phone or computer, so you can use web-based mapping tools like MindMeister (not cool enough YET to be affiliated with them) that allows you to drag and drop items easily.
Once you’ve gotten this going, it is important to remember not to overthink what you are doing! My mind is insane and always overanalyzes sh*t, so let’s stop doing that together. Just focus on getting all of your thoughts out of your head. After all, our brains tend to lose creativity when it comes to editing. So just allow the ideas to keep flowing.
The next step is to tap into that analytical side of your brain to distill your idea into a sentence that actually makes some f*cking sense. You can do this by editing and organizing your mind map into different categories. And once you’ve done so, write 400-500 words that cover them all.
This will help you get into the long-forgotten flow of writing. From here you will be able to cut that initial 400-500 words into a 3-5 sentence paragraph. And cap it at that because it’s time to be more concise. You’d want this paragraph to be easy for a potential client or investor to understand.
Finally, edit that paragraph into one concise sentence. Don’t sweat it if it takes you more than a few versions until you land on the best one. Lost? Ok. For example, a food retailer might describe his business by saying, “a large selection of organic, raw vegan foods, while providing top-notch customer service and support.” Boom. Nailed it brah.
So dump your brains onto a mind map and start making your chaotic thoughts a bit more organized. Trust me. It will help.
Hope you enjoyed the read.
The Venice Beach Rat