NOTE: I wrote this article several years ago, however, in light of the times we are living in as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, this advice seems more important than ever. Read on, and you'll see what I mean.
Taking your thoughts and putting them down on paper just feels good. Processing your ideas, ponderings, convictions and opinions and then placing them in black and white in front of you is probably one of the most result producing things a person can do. Whether it is your goals, or dreams, or priorities, or even fears, I strongly encourage people to write them down. It is a therapeutic thing to do. In fact, writing is part of what I call "My Therapy."
When you get things out of your mind and down on paper you will think clearer thoughts and basically things are just not so muddled. Writing helps you to have a greater focus; it also gives you the ability to see things from different perspectives, which in turn can help you in your decision-making.
I find writing to be a great personal motivator. It gets me over any hurdles or barriers I may be experiencing in my ability to think creatively. Also, whenever I choose to share my writing with others it helps with accountability. In short, writing helps me to live a richer, fuller and happier life.
Even though I know now that there are many benefits to writing, I have not always thought this way. In my earlier years, I actually rebelled at the thought of writing and speaking in public. (Boy, am I glad I shifted that paradigm!) Back then, I never would have dreamed it would become the way that I make a living.
Now think what might happen to you if you become more active in your writing. Stop for a moment and begin to think what needs to be processed more effectively in your life or profession. Identify what you need to work on. Write down some goals, or maybe work a little bit on some planning. Clarify your mission statement. Consider journaling your life. You may want to consider jotting down your vision for some aspect of your life. You could make a list of priorities or a "to do" list.
So what are you waiting for? Start writing today. Take action now to get your thoughts, goals and dreams in print. Write now, 'cuz it feels so good!