Write it Down, Make it Happen
When I first got involved in the world of coaching, I read an excellent book entitled ‘Write it down, Make it Happen’ by Henrietta Anne Klauser. The book talks about the power of capturing on paper what you want in life, and subscribes to the belief that by writing things down, the commitment is greater and therefore the outcome more likely.
The book had a very strong effect on me and many of the case histories used, still make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It was this book led me to keeping a journal and as a result I have now ‘written it down and made it happen’ on a number of accessions as have many of my clients. It is a powerful process.
If this is something that interests you, read on. The first step is to get your journal and I suggest that you find a special book, one you like the feel of and one you will enjoy writing in. When you are at it, find a pen you like too. I find it best to have a book that I can carry around as I often want to write when I have stopped for a coffee, am sitting in the sun or sometimes when I am travelling.
The things that often put people off at this point are lack of time (how often does that excuse come up) and the feeling that ‘I can’t write’.
Let me deal with both of those – keeping a journal does not necessarily mean writing pages every day. Do what you can and if this means a sentence or two here and there and then a paragraph at the end of the day, great. Some days I write one paragraph and others I can fill a page or two, some days I do not write at all and that is fine too.
“Journaling is paying attention to the inside for the purpose of living well from the inside out.” Lee Wise
You may find that initially planning to set aside some time every week will be enough to get you started but once you get into the habit, you will probably find that setting aside time to write is no longer a problem. With regard to the issue of not being able to write, the journal is for your eyes only so the writing does not have to be perfect. You can score things out, you can use it to brainstorm ideas, you can use bullet points – whatever suits you. The most important thing is just to write.
So what should you write about? Initially just get into the way of writing. Cheryl Richardson, author and coach suggests picking a subject like the ’10 things I am most grateful for’ or ‘my most secret desire is’. Try writing about how you are feeling; what is good in your life, what is not so good, issues that are of interest or importance. Just let your thoughts and ideas flow onto paper. In the long term write about the things that are bothering you and you will find that exploring issues on paper does bring clarity.
I often ask clients to write down where they would like to see themselves in a year’s time. By writing this down, you can go back and revisit it, you can amend and add to it therefore expanding the picture and the record is there to measure achievement. My recommendation is to re-read writing like this regularly so that those dreams and aspirations become part of you. Your journal becomes a great record of your life, it lets you see how you have grown and developed and become the person you want to be.
For me ‘writing it down’ makes it happen but is one important part in finding out who you really are. So many of us are spending so much time knowing others, helping others that we have no time to know ourselves. We live happier lives when we know who we are, what we desire, where we are going. Journalling features in my new programme that I am currently beta testing. It requires some actual walking with me as part of it so will suit you better if you live in or around London but you could visit a day a month and join me.. The rest happens on zoom or in a Facebook group or the phone. To find out more click on this link.
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