There’s power in the pen: If you think it, ink it. If you bite it, write it. This advice endures for a reason – it works and I know that first-hand. The power and energy of taking pen to paper is undeniable. In my late 20s, I spent just five minutes each morning faithfully writing my goals and watched my career soar. When I decided to drop 50 pounds, I kept a log of every morsel that went into my mouth. Writing can reveal truths you may have been avoiding or simply not seeing. Once you are aware of such insights, it’s that much easier to speak your truth.
I used to write out five things I was grateful for each day, though in recent years I’ve taken to simply listing those things in my mind as I drift off to sleep. It’s definitely beneficial, but not as powerful as the act of writing the words on a piece of paper.
Beyond these simple writing rituals is an even more powerful technique that research has shown can alleviate stress and promote overall well-being: Journaling. Now, hear me out before you start grumbling about yet another thing to add to your busy day. It takes just five or ten minutes with your morning coffee or after dinner to jot down notable events from your day and any thoughts and emotions connected to those events. Getting it out on paper can be cathartic and allows you to release those troubling thoughts that wake you in the middle of the night or nibble away at your peace of mind.
You don’t have to purchase a fancy, leather-bound notebook, though you can if you want. What’s most important is to make the time to consistently write in your journal. Doing so can help you recognize and reflect on patterns in your life and may reveal solutions to problems you’ve been struggling with. You may be surprised at what flows out, once you give yourself permission to be free with your writing. And from that freedom flows your truth.
Why am I writing this blog? To give this motivational speaker the kick in the skirt I need to return to habits that work. Can you say Fitness App? Right there on my iPhone just waiting for me to bite and write. Now that’s powerful.