Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 67 - January 2011 - by Phil Chambers


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Welcome to the January 2011issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This issue, we have an article on achieving your goals inspired by my New Year TV viewing, plus the regular quote of the month, Mind Map tip and what I’ve been up to recently.

January's Quote of the Month


"Success is getting what you want.
Happiness is wanting what you get."

~ Dale Carnegie

More quotes here


What's Phil Up To?

Phil's Photo

I have had a relaxing Christmas and New Year holiday.

Early January will be spent on the follow-up from the World Memory Championships.

At the end of the month I will be delivering a seminar on Memory, Study Skills and Speed Reading to a group of Public Finance Accountancy students.


Mind Map Tip of the Month

Ensure that each main branch is a different colour. Sub-branches, however, should be the same colour as the branch that they connect to. This has a two-fold benefit. Firstly, it helps to ‘chunk’ or tie together each set of branches into a coherent unit. Secondly it allows you to highlight important points by using a different colour to the one predominating on that particular set of branches.


Harry - Hill and Achieving Your Goals!

If you are anything like me you will have spent at least some of the Chirstmas and New Year holidays watching films on TV. I was re-watching “Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban” when one of the lines from the plot struck a chord. I have previously mentioned my belief that J. K. Rowling weaves personal development topics into her plots.

Without going into too much detail from the story. On the shore of a lake, Harry and Sirius Black are saved from death at the hands of a swarm of 'Dementors' by a mysterious golden stag on the opposite bank. Due to the great skill required, Harry believes the stag to be a reincarnation his dead father.

Harry and Hermione travel back in time by three hours to try and save Black and mythical creature Buckbeak, a Hippogriff (the offspring of a griffin and a mare).

Approaching the lake, Harry sees that the stag fails to appear and he casts the spell to repel the Dementors himself. He later recounts, “You were right, Hermione! It wasn't my dad I saw earlier! It was me! I saw myself conjuring the patronus before! I knew I could do it this time, because... well, because I'd already done it! Does that make sense?”

The reason this stood out for me is that it links to a book that I have been reading, the classic “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

In it Hill explains the importance of absolute faith in your ability to reach your goal. He further explains how autosuggestion, affirmation and visualizing achieving the goal can programme your sub-conscious mind to help you. (see Mind Map below).

Harry saw himself succeeding to cast the patronus spell and therefore, when needed he had absolute faith in himself.

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution? Is this simply a vague goal that you can easily break or a burning desire in which you have absolute faith you will achieve? Can you see yourself achieving it in your imagination? It is this singled minded focus and faith that separates life's winners from those that live in hope.

Think and Grow Rich

That’s it for this month. Look out for the next newsletter at the beginning of February and feel free to be in touch in the meantime.

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Best Wishes