Welcome Back to Part 2: Insights and Lessons into Michael Phelps Signature
Before I dive into the seriousness of his handwriting I promised to show you the rare photograph, supposedly one of the earliest known pictures taken of Michael Phelps!
Are you ready?
Listen, in my courses, we have a lot of fun learning some very serious information.
And if you need to check your sense of humor, check your handwriting.
You’ll find those with a long curvy stroke that starts or leads-in to some of the first letters of a word, have a wicked and delightful sense of humor!
How to spot a sense of humor in handwriting: Look at the long lead in stroke to the letter M in the name Mary.
OK. Back to your lesson and looking at just a few highlights of Phelps’ signature.
To review, you can see the extreme heights of the upper zone (as he reaches to new heights in his career!!) And you’ll remember that “this extreme height reveals that high achievement is one of the most important things in this writer’s life.“
And in Part I you learned a little bit about threaded writing (as you can see all the other letters that are in what we call, the middle zone, are illegible, hurried and strung out like a loose piece of thread)
What I love and find very telling is his i dot! In both of the signatures from the last post and this one, you cannot discern the actual letter i, but you can see that i dot vividly. And just by eye-balling it you can see that it is place directly and precisely above where the i should/would be!
A precisely placed i dot that is directly above and close to the i stem, reveals a writer who is fastidious with his memory and details. His i dots are precisely above the letter i, but not close to the letter i. If it were both close and directly above, it would look like this:
What is so fascinating to me about Phelps’s handwriting is the evidence of ADD. The rushed threaded writing, the illegible i, yet i dot that is directly above the i, not flung off to the right or left, yet there are multiple checks and balances he has put in place in his life that made him a champion!
The small letter i is illegible but the i dot is vivid and unmistakable. Showing the contrast between A.D.D. and putting strategies in place.
Quite a tribute to Phelps’ character, special gifts and challenges.
As my favorite minister, Dr. Roger Teel once said, “If you can’t fix it, feature it!”
In part 3 of this series of lessons and a few key pointers in Michael Phelps’ signature, I’ve saved the best for last. I will show you the stroke that reveals the writer who possesses and undefeatable spirit!
One of Michael Phelps’ quotes says, “I think anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it. I think your mind really controls everything.”
Handwriting is brain-writing. It has very little to do with the hand. When you change your writing strategically and consistently you can affect new neuro-pathways in the brain. When you change your handwriting you can change your life. And when you change your life, your handwriting can change.
Check back in 2 days on August 23 for the final post in this series.
Until then, friends,
Your “Write” Coach