How Writing Helps You Reach Your Goals
What we think about ourselves can mean the difference between success and failure, and writing is the tool to understanding our thoughts.
One day, as I was leaving for work, I noticed a small piece of paper stuck in the crack of my car door. It was the size of a business card and there was a note on it.
It read: Just felt like leaving you a note… and oh yeah – I love you!
It was from Allan, my husband. He had gone to a meeting earlier that day and must have left the note for me on his way out. He made my day and yet it really didn’t take much.
As I reflected on this gesture, it occurred to me how poignant his message was. I felt appreciated, loved and cared for with just 13 short words. I thought, if a note or a letter from someone can impact us to that degree, consider the immeasurable impact of our own written words about ourselves!
With our words, we can help ourselves feel appreciated, loved and cared for on an ongoing basis. If the way we feel is responsible for the results we get in our lives, what we think about and tell ourselves can mean the difference between stratospheric success and miserable failure.
The written word has power, and journaling is an extraordinarily powerful way to use those words to help people achieve their goals. Here’s why:
It Releases Stress
Journaling allows us to unload the tension and stress that builds up when things don’t go according to plan. It enables us to express negative thoughts and release the mental toxins from our system, creating space for positive things to come our way. Just like the feeling that follows after we’ve cleaned our house or our car, ridding our mind of the garbage provides the same sense of peace and calm.
What’s the difference between journaling and jogging or yoga as a method for stress relief? Journaling has greater permanence. When it’s in writing, it doesn’t just disappear the moment we are done, it stays and it can serve us repeatedly. Journaling is a tracking device that shows how far we’ve traveled over time and reminds us of what we have achieved.
It Redirects Our Focus
Journaling acts as a mirror for our psyche. Reading back what we have written provides us with a palate of thoughts we can choose from. If we read something that we don’t like, we can decide to orient our thoughts in a different direction. By the same token, if we read something that we do like and it makes us feel good, we can decide to spend more time focusing on it.
Journaling helps to reveal the thoughts that are brewing in our minds and gives us access to what kind of ideas we are cultivating subconsciously. When we become aware of the thoughts that we are focused on, we can begin to differentiate between the thoughts that will help us move toward our goals and the thoughts that will keep us stagnant. We can then actively replace thoughts that are harmful with those that are helpful.
It Pinpoints Our Dreams
Journaling provides a blank canvas for identifying, creating and designing our dreams. Often, when we are asked what we really, really want, we hesitate to answer because we aren’t so sure. Journaling allows us to create a very clear vision of the things we really want – both tangible and intangible.
Writing down exactly what we want engages us in the process of envisioning possibilities that we want to have materialize in our lives. The more detail, texture, color and depth we apply to our visions, the greater the likelihood of attracting them to us. What we focus on grows, and writing is the tool that encourages us to focus on what we want.
It Builds Gratitude
Journaling helps us develop the ability to be happy with our present circumstances, to cherish our moments and to take notice of all the abundance in our lives on a daily basis. The quickest way to travel from where we are now to where we want to be is by truly appreciating our current situation and allowing the rest to flow our way.
When writing, we can create a new reality – one that has us thriving in a successful career, enjoying the warmth and love of intimate personal relationships and doing the things that get our hearts racing and our bodies smiling. The written word has the strength to change how we feel and there is nothing more important than that.
It’s quite simple. When we feel good, good things come our way. Journaling allows us to build the mind muscle that keeps us focused on appreciating what is and imagining what could be.