Charles Haanel said: “Remember that no matter what the difficulty is, no matter where it is, no matter who is affected, YOU have no patient but YOURSELF, you have nothing to do but convince yourself of the truth which you desire to see manifest.” It all starts with you and your quest to see and create a certain life, writing is at the root of this creation.
Writing is a powerful tool; it draws a line between the subconscious thought and the conscious self. Writing puts your life into perspective while crystallizing and clarifying your thoughts, in big and boring words; a psycho-neural muscular activity which helps bridge and integrates the conscious and the subconscious mind.
Lila has been on the creative team in a tech company for five years, she’s constantly making calls, answering emails, going through paperwork, attending meetings, and signing up for workshops. The day’s activities leave her tired and drained with no real progress.
A change in management occurs and the new operating officer demands that every team brings up a new idea which would be pitched to the board of directors. The head of the team with the winning idea would be offered a promotion and the idea would be implemented. As expected the whole organization was in a frenzy, every team trying to create the most original idea and Lila’s team wasn’t left out.
The members of the creative team have been thinking nonstop about a mind-blowing idea and have so far come up with nothing. Then a miracle happened, Lila stumbled upon a podcast that talks about how journals can be useful and she decides to try writing.
Lila visited a local supermarket and purchased a journal and the days ahead began writing. She set a place (she takes a 30 min drive to the beach shore or meditates after she wakes up to set the mental pace to ensure effective writing) where she could unplug, reset, recharge, think, learn, and rest her mind. She started designating the minor work she always took care of to other members of the team. She stopped working extra time and stopped working on irrelevant stuff and started focusing her energy on her growth. She had to drastically alter her schedule and her life to make sure the shift was possible. the shift wasn’t easy but, she kept at it until it became a part of her.
When writing in her journal she:
- Took time for gratitude: she began to identify the good things in her life and the people she cherished in her life. she began to list the things she’s thankful for and the wins she’s had daily. Ensuring she’s writing in-depth about every single thing she’s grateful for.
- considered the day’s lessons: she started by simply writing about her day and the lessons in it. she took note of what the lessons mean to her and how she might perceive this lesson in the future because of the present realization.
- explored her emotions: she began paying attention to different emotions she experienced and started taking note of the driving force and cause of the emotion. This exploration helped her manage her emotions properly and helped her avoid negative emotions that could hamper her creativity.
- wrote in a stream of consciousness: She wrote down every single thing she thought of at the moment of making her entry. She always made sure she was at the mental pace to reach her subconscious. She usually makes this entry immediately after meditating and she meditates after waking up. Writing in a stream of consciousness made her aware of certain things she wasn’t aware of before, it gave her insights into her fears, wants, needs, desires, and other things.
- revisit a tough problem: During the day she takes note of problems and issues she’s unable to solve at the moment and questions she’s unable to answer. She then writes about the objective facts on the issue and the thoughts and feelings that come with the problem.
After being at this for months, Lila began to see changes in her way of thinking and she began to think and act consciously on every area of her life. During one of these days, she realized a predominant thought about a former product she came across that failed in the past. She began her research on the product and gathered information concerning this product, analyzing the former features and relating it to the organization customer’s data and found a big flop in the product that prevented the masses from purchasing the product. She brought in members of her team to begin looking for what a particular market wants and how they were going to drive sales using the new design. She went through her journals and found key thoughts that would help in the solidification of the product and began customizing a pitch.
She gathered resources from various locations and came up with the best explanation for the idea. She pitched the idea and the board loved it. That project marked a change in her career and she started to realize her dreams step by step.
P.S: To effectively journal, you have to set an environment for the process and commit to the process.
P.P.S: Journaling helps crystalize and clarify your thoughts, affirming you that your goals and dreams are tangible and achievable. Journaling is the best process for mental creation that makes physical creation much easier.
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