Storyboard Your Goals
In 1993, while taking a Creative Leadership course at Disney University, the precursor to the Disney Institute, I learned that Walt Disney created the term "storyboard."You won't have to cover the board unless the printing on the board disturbs you. However, it shouldn't for long because the copious ideas you have written on the index cards will cover the boards.
As Mr. Disney was walking through the Disney illustrator's studio, he asked one of the illustrators how his project was progressing and if he could see the animation cells. However, the cells were all stacked on the floor in a pile and it was difficult for Mr. Disney to see the artwork. He asked the illustrator to put the cells on the wall, but that didn't work because they were stationary.
Then Mr. Disney suggested a solution: pinning the animation cells on boards so they could be moved. Voila... Storyboards!
To achieve my New Year goals, organize my What Color Is Your Brain?® programs, or a new book, I create a Blue Brainstorming Storyboard. I begin with one of my 4' x 4' foam insulation boards, which is covered in dark blue fabric and is a perfect background for all the 3" x 5" index cards, just do as I did when I facilitated my Visual Impact Planning sessions for clients and, now, when planning for my new projects.
It is easy and inexpensive to create your own storyboards. Begin by purchasing a 1" x 4' x 8' insulation foam board at a home improvement store. Be sure to have it cut in half at the store.
Next, purchase a box of 100 5/8" steel head push pins.They will not make permanent holes in the seal that covers the insulation board. I've had my boards for 20 years and they are still in perfect condition.
Now, you are ready for "Mess Finding," a creativity term that encourages awareness and examination of challenges using the Osborne-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process.
The following steps will help you begin your Storyboarding/Brainstorming session:
1. Write 1 idea per index card
2. Do not judge or discount any ideas
3. "Repeat Ideas" are good and represent a focus or special interest
4. Create "Headers" for your ideas when you see a pattern in your cards
5. Organize your ideas cards under the appropriate "Headers."
Storyboarding utilizes all the Brain Colors
Yellow Brain Organized Planning
Blue Brain Creative Imagery,
Green Brain Logical Systematization
Orange Brain Resourceful Energy
It's like Disney magic...
A practical framework that quickly and
easily appears to achieve your goals!
Splendid Staff Members at Chicago
Shriners Hospital for Children
On November 20, 2016 I was honored and delighted to present a 1/2 day What Color Is Your "Health Care Professional" Brain?® to 60 splendid staff members at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago.
The goal for the program was to teach the splendid staff members how to take good care of themselves, while they are taking good care of their patients and their families.
The team answered four Brain Color Group Activity Questions and had exceptionally helpful answers for the following questions, which can help all of us when we interact with others.
For the staff members' Brain Color Group Activity, they divided into their Brain Color Groups and then answered the questions according to their “Health Care Professional” Brain Colors:
1. How do you deal with a difficult patient advocate (family member, visitor)?
2. What do you do to build trust with a patient?
3. How do you deal with a difficult co-worker?
4. How do you maintain a positive attitude?For the New Year, I thought it would be helpful to share their Brain Color answers for #4 How do you maintain a positive attitude? Yellow Brainers said:
• Body language
• Glass half full
• Complete my tasks
• Make someone else happy
• Relaxed body language
Blue Brainers said:
• Be grateful
• Count your blessings
• Appreciate what you have
• Take one day at a time
• Keep negativity away
• Do things for yourself
• Eat chocolate
Green Brainers said:
• Alone time
• Do things that you like
• Look for the good and positive
• Learn about things you do not understand
Orange Brainers said:
• What do you mean?? HA! Are you kidding?
The staff members achieved their goals by discovering their Brain Colors and learning how to transfer and apply their new knowledge to
take good care of themselves
and their patients and families!
My Abundant Golden Chain!
For many years, I have selected a new word as my business mantra, focus, and motivation for the new year.
This year I wondered...Would my word be a Yellow Brain word about planning and being responsible? Would it be a Blue Brain word about creativity and relationships? Would it be a Green Brain word about being strategic and methodical? Or would it be an Orange Brain word that would be dynamic and fun?
The words we use are powerful. They can create a positive or negative reaction or response when we say them to ourselves or to others. I decided to use my Green Brain and take my time to contemplate my selected word. In fact, I use my Yellow Brain to dedicate my yoga practice and meditation to select my word. I am eager to see if the appropriate word makes itself known to me or not.
Before the Kundalini yoga ("the yoga of awareness") class began, I purposely moved closer to the beautiful amethyst quartz in front of the Silver Lotus Yoga Studio. Amethyst is my birthstone and the purple resonates with my Blue Brain as nonfictional Princess Shayna and the creator of the fictional heroine in my children's book, Princess Shayna's Invisible Visible Gift.
As class began, the word "abundant" continued to pop into my Green Brain. I thought that would be my powerful new word for 2016. However, I was mistaken. "Golden Chain" began to invade my brain as I meditated during my practice. My yoga instructor, Chenoa Lorenzo, always reminds her students of the "Golden Chain" that links all of us to the wisdom of those who have come before us and given us their legacy. That thought initiate a vision in my mind of a "Golden Chain" from my childhood.
The timing of the vision was perfect! My Bat Mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age ceremony for girls, was held on January 25, 1958. My Orange Brain was ecstatic remembering the beautiful "Golden Chain" charm bracelet my parents had given me and the charms (that have amethyst gems) from my maternal grandmother, aunts, and uncles. The bracelet represents my "Golden Chain" and the "abundant" love, wisdom, encouragement, security, confidence, and legacy from my loved ones!
Now, I have 3 powerful words for the new year and I am wearing my Bat Mitzvah charm bracelet every day to remind me of the copious past and present blessings of my "Abundant Golden Chain!"
I hope I have encouraged you to think about your powerful word or words for the New Year and all the charms and blessings of your "Abundant Golden Chain!"
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Motivators to Achieve 2016 Goals
To achieve your 2016 goals it is essential to recognize what motivates your Brain Color personality. You might have to be motivated to shift your Brain Color, change your behavior, effectively make decisions, resolve conflicts, and reduce the stress in your life. Below are Motivators to help you understand and utilize the appropriate Brain Color to make things happen successfully!
Yellow Brain Motivators
• Doing what is right
• Completing a to-do list
• Symbolic recognition
Blue Brain Motivators
• Others listening to and valuing my ideas
• Opportunities to share my feelings
• Not being taken for grant
• A pat on the back
• Creative opportunities
Green Brain Motivators
• Problem-solving opportunities
• Creating a system or procedure
• Feedback at the end of a project
• Cutting edge resources
• Recognition of my solution
Orange Brain Motivators
• Thrill of a new challenge
• Financial rewards
• Rapid results
Wishing you Motivated and
My Blue Brain has always loved poetry. One of my favorite books, in my personal library, is the one I found in my Oak Park River Forest High School Library. It was a small navy blue leather and gilded book that was originally published in 1921. I was delighted and grateful when one of the librarians helped me find and purchase my own copy of It Can Be Done: Poems of Inspiration.
The Foreword in the book reads: This is a volume of inspirational poems. Its purpose is to bring men (*and women) courage and resolution, to cheer them, to fire them with new confidence when they grow dispirited, to strengthen their faith that THINGS CAN BE DONE.
* Sheila's addition
One of my favorite poems, in my antique book, that resonates with me whenever I have to overcome challenging situations, is The Quitter, which was written by Robert W. Service.
When you're lost in the Wild,
and you're scared as a child,
And Death looks you bang in the eye,
And you're sore as a boil,
it's according to Hoyle
To cock your revolver and . . . die.
But the Code of a Man says:
"Fight all you can,"
And self-dissolution is barred.
In hunger and woe, oh, it's easy to blow . . .
It's the hell-served-for-breakfast that's hard.
You're sick of the game?
Well, now, that's a shame.
You're young and you're brave
and you're bright.
You've had a raw deal I know —
but don't squeal,
Buck up, do your damnedest, and fight.
It's the plugging away that will
win you the day,
So don't be a piker, old pard!
Just draw on your grit; it's so easy to quit:
It's the keeping-your-chin-up that's hard.
It's easy to cry that you're beaten —
and die; It's easy to crawfish and crawl;
But to fight and to fight when
hope's out of sight —
Why, that's the best game of them all!
And though you come out of
each grueling bout,
All broken and beaten and scarred,
Just have one more try —
it's dead easy to die,
It's the keeping-on-living that's hard.
I trust this poem has inspired you
to achieve your