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How You Can Become a Winning Personality Using Mind Mapping

By Dr V J Mariaraj

We all wish to be famous and be liked by one and all. This is a natural and inborn trait in all of us. However, our habitual way of thinking is, by far, the biggest stumbling block to our progress. An overwhelming reason for being the kind of personality that we are, invariably leads to lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. We do have books by the legions, detailing you on how you could become a powerful and pleasing personality.

But we need to go beyond ‘Do’s and Don’ts that these books strongly advocate, by first understanding ourselves. This is indeed, the starting point for making any desirable change in us. We need to be aware of our true self, to bring in changes in our behavior and thinking. Mere listing of certain right and wrong set of behaviors to adopt or eliminate, cannot by themselves help in changing our self. To gain a deeper understanding of the ‘inner’ you and then working towards those areas for improving and strengthening will render meaning to your change process.

Helping you in such a voyage of self-discovery will be the indispensable Mind Mapping tool. Using Mind Map, you can make an inward journey into your inner self and analyze the largely uncovered self. We can first turn the attention on to our self by first analyzing our self-image: What do we think about ourselves? Is that how others perceive us? Which are the areas where you think there is a clear disconnect between image and perception? Why do people see you the way they do? What are your problem areas? Which are the areas where you excel?

Such a clear SWOT analysis in terms of emotional, physical, psychological and social parameters will provide a comprehensive layout of your core self. You can then explore the reasons behind particular thought or behavior to find out the reasons and causes for such behavior and attitude in us. By looking inward in an honest and objective manner, we will be able to uncover the unknown ‘self’ in us.

In such self-analytical process, Mind Maps can be your ideal tool. You can draw an image of your self or just print boldly your name at the center of a long and blank page, and form main headings of the different dimensions of a human being - physical, mental, emotional, social, moral, religious, and so on. Taking each of these main heads, you can make a SWOT analysis in each of the major areas of our life. When you have explored each aspect in such a comprehensive manner, we will be able to see the connection between your behavior and action. You will be able to tie up the emotional reasons for displaying a particular weak behavior. Also, you will find that your strength in a specific area arises from your deep belief and commitment. In this manner, you can relate the cause and effect of every sphere of our life.

Based on your findings, you can then work out your likely main objectives under each area and the required set of actions. Exploring at length in this manner will provide the right directions to pursue, align those areas for strengthening, counteract a negative with a positive attitude and generally lend a deeper meaning and significance for being the person that you are right now.

Mind Map hence is an easy and powerful tool for understanding your true self and bringing in the right changes in those needed areas. By working on every aspect of your personality in a desired direction, you can work your way to becoming a winning personality. In this process, Mind Maps can serve as a mirror to help project the real ‘you’ and shape you into building the kind of winning personality you desire.

About The Author

Dr V J Mariaraj is a Mind Map enthusiast and has been using Mind Maps for the past twelve years. He has created over 5650 Mind Maps. To learn more about mind mapping send an email to is the founder of that creates Mind Map Summaries of Business Books.


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