Dare180: Seriously, Write That Shit Down

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If there is only one piece of advice I can give to you that if you take to heart and put to action that will give you results: it is to write what you want down on paper. And not just what you want but how you plan to get it. Write. It. Down. Make it specific. Why? I’ll give you three.

  1. You make what you want tangible. By just committing it to paper it became real even if just a little bit. It is an idea you can see and hold in your hands. You can put it in your pocket and take it with you. It is no longer just floating around in your head which is a very good thing because….

  2. You are forced to think about exactly what you want. You have an idea but writing it down will help you think about the details. All the little parts you need to put in place to start making a plan and then also implementing that plan.

  3. You are more likely to do that thing you said you want to. This isn’t just me talking, this is science. Humans are programmed to make good on things we put in writing.

You don’t need fancy stuff to start. Many of my ideas are scribbled down on a random piece of copy paper and whatever writing instrument I happen to have lying around. But whatever you do write it first. No dictation, no typing, nothing but you the pen and the paper. You can do that later but you write that shit down first. Then put it in a safe place that you can get back to easily. My ideas go into a plastic clipboard until I am able to type them up and/or begin working on the ideas. It doesn’t matter what your idea is, writing it down will help bring you that much closer to making it happen.

There’s honestly a whole book about it: Write It Down Make It Happen by Henriette Klauser. Despite it getting a little hokey pokey woo woo in parts when it verges into law of attraction/fate type foolery (which I don’t buy into), she speaks specifically about the psychology behind how physically writing down what you want makes you more aware of opportunities that can help you achieve your goals than you’d otherwise be. The book acts like a cheerleader to help get you in the frame of mind to believe in yourself so you can do those things you say you want to do and that’s what  think it is best used for. I honestly hadn’t read it in years until I sat down to write this post, but much of its teachings have stayed with me: like setting up an accountability group, creating a work space that adds to my flow, and writing down and analyzing my fears. This very blog is a result of me writing down my idea, setting the plan into place, and doing the work to make it real.

If you haven’t tried this. Try it. All you could possibly lose is some ink and paper and a little time, but what you could gain? Isn’t that worth the investment? This woman says so.

Sources

Write It Down Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It, Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D.; Scribner, 2000
Writing Enhances Goal Achievement, Dr. Gail Matthews
Reticular Activation System of the Brain , Wikipedia