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Visual Thinking Strategy to Accomplish your Learning Goals — Craft a Map

teacher avatar Filipa Canelas, Productivity Addict & Knowledge Seeker

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Visual Strategy

    • 3. The Gain Perspective

    • 4. The Show-Off Perspective

    • 5. The Doing Perspective

    • 6. The Values Perspective

    • 7. Schedule

    • 8. Get your Dream Job

    • 9. Facebook Group

    • 10. Conclusion

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About This Class


Learning new skills has become a requirement in today’s world, as even traditional fields are evolving and changing rapidly. For that reason, everyone is interested in learning new things!

The problem is that most of the times, the process of learning a new skill seems really daunting and complex to be approached. And so, most people opt to opt-out of learning anything new, and their skills end up being obsolete.

But I finally understood that I was needed a simple and visual representation of the strategy I was going to adopt in order to learn a skill. It had to represent the short and long-term goals, it needed to be actionable, but at the same time, it had to bring the reason why I was learning the skill, to give me some purpose and motivation to continue improving.


What you will get by the end of this course is the knowledge, the resources, and the excitement to develop a visual strategy to learn any skill you want! This tool will keep you motivated to learn what you wish to learn while telling you which step to take next.

I’ll be covering a lot of practical examples that will make it really easy for you to craft your own visual strategy. I’m even going to show how you can get your dream job with this methodology. You will never be lost or frustrated when learning a new skill again! 

I hope you’re excited as much as I am! See you inside!

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Filipa Canelas

Productivity Addict & Knowledge Seeker



Hi, I'm Filipa Canelas! I'm the founder of Able-Academy, online course creator, author of Around is Forward, and content strategist.

Over 40,000 people consume my material and learn how to live a Productive Life. This comes in the form of mastering your focus, hacking the learning process, starting successful habits, or achieving your goals.

Contributing to a world where successful people are no occasional miracle.
That's my purpose.


If you want to read more about me, head over to my blog: 

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1. Introduction: hi and welcome to this class. Learning new skills has become an requirements in today society, as even traditional fields are evolving and changing rapidly. For that reason, everyone is interested in learning new skills, including myself. The problem is that most of the times the process of learning and you skill looks daunting and complex. So people get out of it because I also gave up learning some skills because of the density of the process, I started seeking new solutions to make the process easier and more manageable. The solution. I found these exactly what you're going to learn on this course. I came up with a visual but simple strategy that will help it to learn anything faster. The strategy represents both short and long term goals. It is actionable, and it is built to keep you committed every time what you will get. By the end of this course, he's the knowledge, the resources and the excitement to craft for yourself. Visual strategy. Still, you can't accomplish anything you want. The strategy you are going to create will keep you motivated during the process while telling you which step to take next. I'll be covering a lot of practical examples, so you can understand how to apply this strategy to any skill you want. You can use this strategy to get a job, to start a business or to embrace a new passion. You will never be lost are frustrated when learning a new skill again. See you inside. 2. The Visual Strategy: thanks for being a part of this class. I really hope you learn something valuable here and most importantly, that you do apply this in your own life before teaching exactly how you can craft your own visual strategy. I wanted to give you a few hints of how this will work. The structure off The strategy I created is based on the business balanced scorecard, which is a tool that companies used to craft their strategies and their missions. I kept the structure, but I changed the purpose and the confidence completely. It will be a great help in learning new things throughout my life. The main goal of the visual presentation is to give you a main look of how the process will look like This includes watch. You will gain by learning a new skill which things you have to do in order to prove you actually have the skill. What you need to do to practice, to train toe, learn to skill and finally, the reasons why you are learning skills and how it aligns with your values. We will go through all of these steps in the next lessons, and I'll be adding other considerations that will help you along the way. But if you want to learn how to learn more in Dept, you definitely should check my other courses. I'll share an example of how I would create this strategy if my goal was to know how to play a few songs in the guitar just to go to a hospital and play for six Children. I'm giving this example because I think it is important to learn new things that are not exclusively to our own benefit. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with learning finance to get promoted, but I just wanted to show that you can apply this to anything in your life. You could apply this strategy to storytelling so you can get to your kid's school and tell some stories through all of them. In the first line, we have what we want to get art accomplished by learning this skill. In this case, we want to cheer some Children that are sick in the hospital. In the next line, we have the action we have to perform in order to show we actually learned to skill in order to get the game. The game is basically what we want out of learning the skill. So to show we actually can play a few songs to the Children. We have to know how to play a few songs. So here we will have learned the Song X, Y and Z. So why now? We want Teoh cheer some Children in the hospital that are sick. And to do that we want to play some songs in the guitar. So this is what we want to accomplish, and this is what we have to do in order to accomplish the think. Then we move to the third line, which is how to How can we actually learn Song X y Z? This might include learning a few courts, learning how to play your rhythm or even buying in Utah. Basically, in this third line, you have to deconstruct a skill into smaller actions and goals. So here I had learned the C d e a court in play, rhythm down, down, up, up, down and finally borrow a friend's. Finally, the last line focuses on the reason why you are learning is killed in this section. You can include values like Long Life learner or you just want to help people, generosity and kindness. All of that. I'll be giving more examples in the next pleasant, and I'll be going more in depth with each of these ones. I just showed you this so you can, firstly have a glance of how the whole thing will look like in the next lessons. We are actually going to change the names of these categories, but right now I just want you to become familiar with the process. 3. The Gain Perspective: When we think of learning and use kill, we usually have something in mind, something we want to get, something we want to accomplish, something we want to be good at or something we want to help others with. The first line is the game perspective, and it means the thing you are going to get when learning a new skill. For example, let's say you want to learn how to code just so you can have a better looking professional West. That could be something to add in the first line off our strategy or the game perspective. But more specifically, you could actually add that you want to get a more professional look because you want to get more clients. You want to make more money or you want to travel more with the money you make out of the freelance projects. Basically, you go to the root of your desire to learn a skill. It doesn't always have to translate into money. It could simply be for fun, pleasure to make you happy or to help others. So here I added a more professional website, more clients, more money and traveling more. Here's another example. Let's say you want to become really good at negotiating, you have to study the reason why you want to learn that skill. Perhaps you want to get more deals, so then you'll be promoted so the game perspective can be be promoted or receive a 20% increase in my salary. Let me just share an idea I just had. You are the person trying to improve your negotiating skills because you want to get better deals for their boss for the company are currently working for. You can actually show to your boss visual strategy. You are creating your basically showing you are putting effort into our learning every day to make the company a better place. Now grab something and start crafting your own visual strategy. You can already feel the first line, the gain perspective and then move on to the next video. 4. The Show-Off Perspective: Well, now that you feel the game perspective, you have to think exactly which things you have to perform in order to get the game. Playing your songs in your guitar, writing a fiction novel, creating a Facebook marketing campaign, editing a video from your family trip or adding a professional business video. You can and should be really specific here. You might want to learn social media content strategy, but what you really, really want is to polish a few posts that get a lot of traffic and conversion. If you're learning a certain skill to feel, feel any interest or a desire, there's no need to learn hundreds of things that are not applicable to your context. Acquiring new skill can be something very complex, because sometimes we immerse ourselves in small details that won't really make a difference in the beginning, when you take the time to reflect exactly which things you want to be able to perform, then it's easier to decide which steps to take next. As an example, I think five or seven years ago, I wanted to learn how to edit videos so I could create a video for a subject in school I did not try to learn all the details related with video editing, as my only goal was to make a few cuts to accent transitions and titles and a background music. So I narrowed my attention on those aspect, and that's that was exactly what I learned. I did not try to call a great my videos nor at animations in after effects. Off course. Those things are really important if you want to become a professional video actor. But if your only goal is to add it a family trip, perhaps you don't need to get lost in all of these details. Otherwise, you'll be making the process too complex and daunting and do my evening up suit well back to the example of wanting a more professional website. We will not going to feel the show off perspective after pondering what I really wanted. My website is to have a really give looking lending page, perhaps having an attractive banner, a call to action, three featured boasts and a few products that you sell. This would be the main structure of the landing page, and it is your show off perspective because it is exactly what you want to show Indians in the other example off the negotiating skills. The mingle is to be promoted, so show off perspective might include a 10% success. Rates are creating connections with clients or even being more persuasive in your communication, you really want to think clearly of your purpose and goal so you can make progress faster. This brings another idea that I'm really compelled Teoh, which is the idea of immediately applying the things you are learning. Instead of learning five different coding languages or trying to understand each and every commands, why not immediately put your hands into practice? By doing this, you won't spend countless hours learning information that you are never going to apply. Instead, you are immediately thrown at the project you want twitchy, and along the way you will be finding other ways and learning new things that are actually valuable to the thing you want to do. I'm not saying that learning theory, for example, is not important because it actually is. But theory becomes mature, valuable. When you notice by yourself the importance and the need, you have to learn theory. So instead of trying to absorb an entire textbook in the first few hours trying to put your hands immediately into the project at hand, and by doing this you will gain some momentum because you are going to see province and you will later find herself opening the textbook because you are curious about something. 5. The Doing Perspective: We already covered the game in the shoe off perspective, which are very important to clarify which things you have to do and show in order to learn the skills. The third perspective is the doing perspective, which covers which steps to take in order to be able to perform skill. This step. My required a little bit of research from your parts because you have to know which things you have to learn in order to show the skill it basically details. Watch. You have to practice today and tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. If you're thinking of playing a few songs in your guitar, you have to know the court C d. Right and you have to know the rhythm and you have Teoh I don't know to know how to tune the guitar, do all those things. If you're learning a new language, you might include into doing perspective learning If you have a cavalry wards learning the verbs blowing, learning how to build sentences and to keep small talk. Doing perspective will basically be your daily guide to practice skill. Every day you can look at it and see exactly which things you still have to learn in the example of building a website, we could basically do some research and see exactly which coding language we might be using in order to create the banners or the pop pops or the feature posts, whatever. I'm not really familiar with it. Still, like I said, it might require some research from your part. So here I had HTML and CSS. But be aware you could actually adhere Squarespace or WordPress, which already offer you a bunch of templates that you could then customize and make your professional website in the other example of becoming a better negotiator. In order to start learning skill, we might have to learn a few principles first. This might include taking an online course are going to a seminar in order to learn with people already mastered the skill. But don't forget that theory is not everything. And so we could adhere everyday practice some of the principles you just learned with three clients, and in the end of the day, you should reflect the progress you made during the negotiation so you can see exactly which things to you. The beauty of the visual strategy lies on its which was made to help you improve and make progress in the shortest amount of time because it is built based in your needs and desires . Think about it. If you said you want to go to how broad is that? Why do you want to code? What language is that? You want to learn which things that you want to perform to show you actually have the ability. But when you have your purpose clarified and you take some time to craft your own visual strategy, you will save yourself countless hours of frustration. I hope you've been creating your visual strategy along the way, as it will be one of the most important tools to learn a new skill. When you have the doing perspective, Whale clarified, you should come up with a few indicators that will help you to understand for actually doing it right or not, you should not become obsessed with it. The indicators are just to help you along the way. As an example, how are you going to measure the progress you're making on the guitar? You can either stand a video of you playing to a friend of yours who already plays well to see he's feedback, or you might manage to evaluate your progress by yourself. Of course, having someone already master disc ill makes the process easier. But I can tell you I've learned a few skills by myself. If your main goal is to design a website, you basically just look at the website and see how close you are to the results. Like I said, the goal is not to create another rhythm that measures every second of your time to see if you are on track, but you should check from time to time. If we're actually making progress, you can even journal about the whole process of learning to see exactly which steps you did every single day and how you're making progress with those. 6. The Values Perspective: In the previous videos, we covered the 1st 3 perspectives you should cover when crafting your own visual strategy. By now, we already have the game perspective, the show off perspective and doing in this video. We are going through the last step of the process, called the Values Perspective. This might be the easiest to feel out, but still it's really important. Basically, this includes the values and the principles that align with the skill you are learning. This can include curiosity, generosity, ambition, learning addict like myself, helping others fell. Mint happiness, passion, whatever. In our example of the coding skill, we might want to more attractive website because we are actually people really pay attention to details. Or it might have to do with your simplicity or your organization skills, and also because you love to learn new skills. So here I just had detail oriented simplicity and love to learn. As you are becoming a better negotiator, you might have to tell your client that the product you're selling is not the right fit for them. Keeping good relationships with your clients requires honesty, which is one of your values, as you are also grateful for the job you have. You just want to get better deals because you want to thank the person who hired you. So you're basically very grateful. But you're also ambitious because you want to get a race. This is about you and your principles. So take a moment to think of how the skill you are learning reinforces your values and principles and how this new skill can help you to fulfill your life's mission. Along the process of learning any skill, a few obstacles will emerge. Having this strategy craft is a great way to keep yourself on track and to continue making progress has you have established which things you have to perform in the doing perspective . You won't need to spend a lot of hours thinking of which things to practice every day. And remember, five minutes of practicing is better than zero. Don't even if you really busy trying to go for five minutes of practicing, I hope you have creator your own visual map strategy by now. And I really want to see that in the class project, So please share it with me and the other students 7. Schedule: once I have set goals, financial goals, personal development goals, physical goals, you name it. I know they won't turn into reality from day tonight. There's still one step I have to take in order to bring them to reality, and that is to add certain tasks, actions or even habits to my calendar. If I want to write a novel, I might start writing every single day if I really want to publish this book. But how can I actually guarantee I'll come up with a novel? Well, simple. I have to make progress every day, so I m on my calendar rides 500 words every day. If you are learning how to code, you have to add in your calendar which tasks you're going to perform every day. In order to actually learn to skill, open up your calendar and block a certain period of time where you are going to decades time to practice and learn this skill. Some days you will be able to practice more, others less, but even if it's just for five minutes, it's worth it because you are making it clear that it is a priority and you are taking here off it. What skill that I've been practicing is awareness, and I've been using meditation as a tool to develop this skill. If you look at my habit track manager, you see meditation there. It's something I have to do and check every single day. Right now, it's becoming a very solid habit, and I don't skip a day. But in the beginning it was quite difficult because I had to convince myself to actually doing it. Looking at my visual strategy is a great help because it keeps me motivated and he tells me which steps to take next. 8. Get your Dream Job: I wanted to end the course with another example that might help you out. If you want to get a job in a tech company, for example, you might use this strategy to get the position of your dreams. You just have to understand which skills are important and will help you to get the job. Most of the times companies actually share and say the skills and requirements for the job wants to get this information. You have exactly what you need to start supplying this strategy to getting a new job first , the game perspective. What will you get after learning those skills? In this case, you will get the position you always wanted to, or you will have more clients paying for your services. Death in the show off skills. You have to know exactly which things to perform in order to show you have the skill. Which things do you have to do to get the job? Don't forget that even if you do have the skill, you have to show that you actually have it. Basically, you have to prove you have the skill companies need to see which things you performed with skill. So make sure you immerse yourself in creative projects to show the skills into doing perspective. Make sure you detail every single step of the process and every single thing you're going Teoh to put into practice, to learn the skills and finally aligned the process of learning a new skill, winter values and principles. I'm certain that these initiatives we'll give you an extra boost in your career. 9. Facebook Group: Hi. Just a quick video to tell that I recently created a Facebook group that you can now join to be part of a community of people who are interested in personal development in constant growth. See you there. 10. Conclusion: first Thanks for making it Antillean. During the course, we covered some crucial aspect of learning any skill. We went through each step of the visual strategy so you can learn any skills very quickly. I would love to see your own visual strategy. I want to know which skills were planning, toe learn and how we're actually doing that. You can share it by text, or just take a picture of your own strategy. Anyway, If you want to give me some feedback, make sure you leave review so I can know which things to be Proof. If you have any questions, use the discussion of this class to ask me anything or to contact me directly. Used the contact form of my website. Thank you again for washing this class and being interested in learning new skills. It shows your commitment and ambition to be better in any fields. Don't forget to post a picture of your strategy. If you're interested in learning more about learning faster and better, make sure you check my courses on the topic. I hope to see you there. Thank you very much.