A muscular man sits naked on a rock. He’s hunched over with his chin supported by his fist and his elbow resting on his thigh.
Have you seen the famous statue, The Thinker, by Rodin? It’s the perfect metaphor. What does the Thinker accomplish by sitting there, thinking? The Thinker is forever fixed and immobile.
The same thing happens when we sit and contemplate for too long. If we’re frustrated, upset, running through scenarios, plans, or situations in our mind, our thoughts spin around like a vortex.
Round, and round, and around they go. Where our thoughts will stop, nobody knows.
Get Out Of Your Head!
We think at about seven times the speed that we can speak. How do you keep track of your thoughts if you can think that fast?
Have you ever found yourself thinking in circles?
Where you started thinking is most often not where you end up! Perhaps you sat down to figure something out and only became more confused and then gave up.
That’s because you’re thinking in your head.
To think clear enough to take action you need to put pen to paper.
Yes you can use a computer. But studies have shown that writing by hand is a powerful cognitive process and improves the health of your brain.
“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain. “And it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize,” he continued. “Learning is made easier.”
When we write things down by hand it’s like we’re moving from three dimensional to two dimensional space. We leave the three-dimensional realm where everything can circle back upon itself.
Writing is a linear experience by nature, going from the left to the right hand side of the page. It allows us to see the process from beginning to end.
As you write, you can look back at what you have written. You can see the production of your thoughts as you inch forward, letter by letter.
You witness and neurologically connect with your present moment thought when the pen moves across the page.
Writing by hand is a present moment awareness of your thoughts made manifest in physical from upon the page.
We witness one of the greatest acts of human creation. The letters connect one after the other to form a word. The words follow each other in a syntax that creates a sentence. Each combination of words is a creation unlike anything before it.
The ink on the page is permanent, whereas the thought in the mind is ephemeral.
How often have you told yourself to remember something, but moments later the thought was like smoke dissipating in the wind?
Speaking is the next best thing to writing, but still not as powerful. It doesn’t make as permanent a connection in your mind as writing down the thought by hand.
I wrote about a powerful process you can use when you need to solve a big problem. You document your problem by doing a selfie video, but what makes this process so powerful is how you review what you recorded.
The Bigger Your Problem The More You Need To Try This Solution
The outcome of this process is to gain clarity on the reasons for your problems, struggles or challenges.
You might wonder if I’m about to contradict myself. Why would I suggest recording a video, instead of writing out your thoughts around a problem? Yes, you can write out your thoughts. But the bigger the problem, the more easy it will be to “speak it out” first. You can ramble on, unencumbered by writing or typing. No need to worry about writing mistakes or wanting to edit.
What takes this process to the next level is how you capture your thoughts. The video allows you the freedom to speak until done. When you sit down to review your video, you make notes by hand. If you review by hand, you will come up with more effective solutions to solving your problem.
How to create something meaningful or accomplish a goal.
Write it out by hand.
When you write your thoughts down on the page you can choose how you want to feel about them. If, for example, you have a fitness goal for 2018, write it down. If it has no power, write something more powerful. Add how you want to feel about achieving your goal.
The more powerful your thoughts, the bigger the ideas. From big ideas you can create the kind of emotions to help turn your thoughts into reality.
If you only “think” about what you want to do, you will never get to it.
When you put pen to paper and write something that matters to you, you can stir the emotional desire to take action.
Thoughts alone are fleeting.
Thoughts inked on the page have the power to manifest your vision and your dreams.
Want a better, brighter, happier, more abundant 2018? Take note of 2017. Write down your reflections on the past year. What worked and what didn’t? What do you want to remember?
Reflect on what you wrote and then ask yourself,
What’s the one thing that’s going to make a real, measurable difference in my life in 2018?
With that question in mind, write out your answer as if it already happened. Write from the perspective of today being December 27, 2018.
Share your “one thing” in the comments below, or connect with me for an exploratory coaching session.