The fastest way to improve your life is to start writing.
I'm not talking about writing the next New York Times bestseller, but writing about your day. Your thoughts and ideas. Your memories. Your hopes and dreams.
In the past, I've struggled with anxiety, self-loathing, self-doubt, and a search for validation.
Since I've started writing regularly, my mood, attitude, and growth have improved 10x. Even better, when I write, I know it's my time.
Writing is powerful. Versatile. Transformational.
And, it's universal for everyone.
Do you want to be a better person? A better friend? A better partner?
Write for understanding. Master your own thoughts, and live the authentic, exceptional life you dreamed about.
Do you have ambitions this year you haven't fulfilled?
Write and reflect. Did you fully commit? Are you taking the right next steps for where you're at? Are you even aiming for the right targets? Be brutally honest, but forgiving. You don't need to share these pages with anyone else.
Are you overwhelmed with everything life is throwing at you?
Write, write, write. David Allen, creator the Getting Things Done, advocates "Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them."
Our working memory can only handle 4-7 pieces of information at one time. Once we've written down everything that's on our mind, we free our brain to commit fully to whatever challenge is ahead of us.
Did you have a year that was wildly successful?
Document it so you can figure out how to do it again next year. Even better, if you want to make a difference in someone else's life, share your writing, and demonstrate the impact they've made to you.
I documented my first 314-mile "run" across TN and all of its beautiful misery. I journaled along the Appalachian Trail documenting my finest moments such as "moving along quickly" after startling a baby bear up a tree or walking into town in my underwear because my clothes were covered in mud from a fall just after sunset the night before and then learning the building with the showers doubled as a summer camp for small children.
Reading through those memories, they made the experience richer along the way and bring me back to that moment years later.
I always fear I'll run out of things to write about, but the more I write, the more ideas I generate. Writing regularly shows the power of an abundance mindset. Live generously, openly, and boldly and see what the world sends back.
Another great thing about writing -- it's as quick as you want it to be and you can do it anywhere.
Have a piece of paper and only a few minutes of time? Write about how your day is going, what you're feeling, and what you're looking forward to.
Maybe you get more ambitious? Write a blog post. It's so easy, even I can do it.
The quickest way to start changing your life today is to write about it.
As we approach the end of the year, I ask and encourage you to join me as I do my annual review. I was inspired last year by the work of Tiago Forte to write a personal narrative and it led to what is arguably my most successful year yet.
Next week, I'll share the reflective portion. The following week, I'll explain how I create my guiding document for what I imagine my life will look like at the end of next year.
After two weeks off for the holidays, I'll start the new year by identifying goals and milestones to begin shaping the vision into reality.
If you already have an end of year routine, please share as I'm always looking to improve my own processes. Has it been successful for you? Is there anything you might improve or change?
If you don't have any type of planning system, you need one. If you don't know where you're going, you're never going to get there.
“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard."
- David McCullough
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