The Questioning Mindmap: How Do You Frame Your Challenges?

In a recent post, I talked about the great work that Adam Sicinski is doing over at Study Matrix Blog.  I highlighted one of his mindmaps called “Strategic Questioning”. 

His point about strategic questioning is so important that I decided to create my own mindmap on the subject.

So how do you frame your challenges?  When something happens what do you say to yourself?  Do you say things that help you solve the problem or do you say things that make you less able to solve the problem?

Ultimately, it is not about the challenges we face –  it is about how we respond to the challenges we face.  

The event (whatever has happened) is the event.  What the event means to us is what really matters.  And it is the questions we ask ourselves that shape what the event means.  And more importantly what we’re going to do about it.

So, I offer you this mindmap to help you stay mindful of the questions you ask yourself when something happens.  Some questions empower and help you find a solution. Others disempower and make you a victim of circumstance.  Choose wisely.

Click on the mindmap to enlarge:

You might want to print this out and keep it with you for the next time you face a challenge.  

The MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap is available for download at  You will need MindManager Pro 7, MindManager 7 for Mac or MindManager Viewer 7 to download the file.  

Click here to download mindmap.


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