Kajabi Community: What is a lotus blossom and why use it?


– Today I am gonna walk you through the Lotus Blossom Exercise. This is a technique that I use when brainstorming, mapping,
planning, you name it, this is a more structured
format than mind mapping and I cannot take credit for it, this is one of my go to books, it’s called Thinkertoys
by Michael Michalko and it is in this book. But I’ve used it for years and for people that are not
crazy about mind mapping maybe you’ve tried it, you’re like, oh, I just can’t do it, this is squares and so for some people, that just takes mind mapping and puts it into a format that they really enjoy. So I’m gonna walk you through on a few different videos as we’re going but know that you can
use this for everything from planning your kid’s birthday party to your next launch to
designing your website, writing your content calendar, anything, this framework will work. So let’s get to it. The first thing that you’re gonna do and I’m gonna do this on the whiteboard, you could do this in a Word document, you could do this on paper, you could do it on a chalkboard, I’m sure there’s an app,
you could find an app because any mind mapping app will do what we’re gonna walk through, they’re just typically
bubbles and squiggly lines which, again, kind of doesn’t
work for a lot of people. So you start with a nine by nine grid. So we’re gonna put in one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight, we need one more. That’s where the whiteboard
comes in so handy, and then we need our squares. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, then we’ll put eight and nine up here. Not perfectly exact so I
apologize to any of you where my squiggly lines
are messing with you but this is, again, you can do this on
napkins in restaurants, you can do it anywhere. And what you do is you’re going to isolate the center nine cubes. So you wanna have one, two, three, four, five, six, this is
what we’re going to isolate. So I’m gonna just put this in here. You can kinda see it. There, so that is your block of nine. And when you have this setup and you’ve isolated your core series, you put your question,
your idea, your problem, what you’re trying to do
goes in the center block. So if this was, for instance,
2019 content calendar, what would go around this could be months of the year, could be topics, if this was your online course, then what goes around this
could be the different modules and then going from there,
the individual lessons, to planning a party or planning an event, that could go in the center with then the details surrounding it. So this is the start of the Lotus Blossom. So two things, one,
draw your Lotus Blossom which is a nine by nine grid, and second, put the idea, the problem, the struggle, the event, whatever it is that you want to work
on goes into the center and I will see you on the next video. Any questions, comments, ideas, feedback, leave them for me and
I will get back to you as soon as possible. Have a fantastic day.

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