A mental model is a way of thinking through problems. You can use an extensive knowledge base in various fields and boil it down to a few simple heuristics. These heuristics or rules of thumb help us to understand the world better.
Mental models have the greatest positive impact on how we think, how we make better decisions, and how we evolve as humans. Rather than insisting that these are fail-proof theories, mental models are time-tested guidelines that are correct most of the time.
Knowledge from multiple disciplines can be simplified and applied to daily life. These models help in any given situation. Although this may not make complete sense in theory, it is effective and useful in practice.
Why do you need mental models?
Mental Models Eliminate Blind Spots
The person with the fewest blind spots is the winner, whether in life or business.
Eliminating blind spots gives us a better chance to interact with and understand reality better. Therefore, we also think better.
Thinking Better Helps Us Solve Complicated Problems
A better thought process allows us to draw from multiple sources of knowledge to solve a problem. There are numerous solutions to a given problem and with the right mental models, we can apply the relevant solution.
Our decisions are based on a better understanding of how the world works. And rather than trying to predict what problems we are going to face, we rely on ideas that have been tested in the real world to help us prepare better for whatever challenge life throws our way.
Here are a few examples of using mental models already mentioned on this blog:
- Design Thinking & How It Transforms Businesses.
- OODA Loop For Making Better Decisions.
- The Importance Of Agility & Innovation.
Over the next few days, you will read more about how mental models can bring simplicity to our complex world.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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