Find the Power in Your Pen

Communication-Speaker-Colette-CarlsonThere’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.


Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. I love this Colette – there is power in the pen!  Bite it write it, think it, 'ink it.  Great stuff.  I love the journaling idea too – I did that pretty consistently for Frenchy's birthday – writing him a love letter in a journal for a year and presented it to him for his birthday. Now, we are reading the journal each day as a memory of what we did a year earlier.  Of course, I thought it was such a great idea, I should do that again!  But then life happens and we get off track.  Thanks for that 'kick in the skirt' to get back on track!

  2. Writing in a journal is also a GREAT way to work on your creativity, a skill valuable to all of us, not just motivational speakers. The Artists Way is a grreat workbook to help get you started. And as one who is now writing down everything I eat, I can attest to how true it is. No better way to stay on task than to write down every task. 

  3. Oooooh GREAT reminder, Colette! I've heard motivational speakers talk about this for a long time (hey, I might have even said it myself), but it turns out that we forget!!! Or at least I forget. So thank you very much for the reminder! 

  4. Kelly's been preaching this for a while. However, an idea just sounds better when it doesn't come from your spouse – you've inspired me to take action.

  5. More new notebooks! Yay!  I've written thoughts, lists, to-do, pros and cons for years but I've never disciplined myself to actually "journal" at a certain time each day.  It's just the "kick in the skirt" I need to start.  I wonder what will my ink will reveal?  Thanks for the new old idea!

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