Externalizing Your Thinking

How many of you remember when you were a kid in school and they told you to show your work? They wanted to see your thinking process, whether it was division or writing a paper or a science project – they wanted you to show your work so they could help guide you.

If you’re anything like me, you could get to the right answer but you often times didn’t know how you got there. And this means that you couldn’t replicate your process and get to the right answer time and time again. In fact, you might have said you were just “lucky” and let it go at that.

Flash forward to adulthood where I realized that showing my work and externalizing my thinking is a wonderful adventure. It allows me to see my process, see where it works out well and see where the flaws are so I can correct them. I wouldn’t be able to do this if I keep it all in my head rather than being able to see it outside of my head.

I took this realization and applied it to my online teaching, whether in my ADDventures in Achievement programs or my stand-alone Masterclass series – I create private forums so that I can see my students work, their thought processes and help guide their improvement, where needed.

Without being able to “see” their train of thought and how they get from point A to point Z, I wouldn’t be able to be specific enough to provide much value. This way I can.

What this means for all of you who aren’t working with me at this time is that you can do the same thing. You can externalize your thinking process with mind mapping or the use of post-its and show your work to yourself, so you can see not only what but how you are thinking about things. You can look for your logic, limiting and empowering beliefs, biases, conclusions and so much more.

And, if you’d like to work with me in this way at this time, you might consider one of the MasterClasses or the entire series of three.  They each provide you with 30 days of direct work with me in a private forum as well as the MasterClass instruction. The current series:

  • Decision-Making Made Easy MasterClass
  • Time Management Secrets MasterClass
  • Procrastination Banished MasterClass

They are available solo or as a package of three, depends on your current needs, of course.

Email me directly at [email protected] if this is of interest to you, and let me know which ones. I’ll send you the appropriate link(s) to join and get started right away.

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