The Power of Writing

Over the last two weeks I’ve been trying my absolute best to try and blog every single day! From the daily podcasts I’ve been listening to, The Foundation, Entreleadership and The Brian Buffini Show I’ve learned that many successful entrepreneurs develop daily routines that help them maximize their performance. The daily routines vary per person. Some entrepreneurs wake up as early as 3am – 6am and beginning their days with stretching, exercising, reading and writing. The main purpose of getting up this early is to give yourself personal time to work on the things you want to work on before you begin your work day. My perfect routine is to wake up on time which would be 5am, then to stretch for fifteen minutes. After I stretch I’ll eat my breakfast, get a shower and depending on what day (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) it is, I will go to the gym first thing in the morning for an hour to lift weights. On the days I don’t go to the gym, well I normally relax with my fiancée until it’s time to go to work. But my routine is about to change on the 28th of February. On the days I don’t go to the gym, I’d like to wake up early and spend an hour reading and an hour writing.

Lately I’ve quite fallen in love with writing (typing at the moment but looking to switch to pen and paper). From the interviews I’ve listened to, writing has helped people clear their mind of the thoughts from the previous day. Some days I’ll wake up and my mind feels like it’s cluttered. On those days it’s hard for me to focus, I can’t think clearly and for me it’s like having the worst case of writers block. But since I’ve been blogging the last two weeks and writing, it has helped me out tremendously. It’s helped scrape my mind of the unnecessary bullshit. It’s helped my mind feel fresh just like your mouth feels after using mouth wash. It’s allowed me to actually validate what I actually know in my head. When I write about my past experiences I am able to explain all the processes and lessons I have learned, which in turn means I am able share with others and teach new comers along the way. Writing really helps you validate everything you know, it allows you to talk about it openly and explain it, just like a teacher explains criteria to students. I try my best to write 1,000 words a day, whether it’s for this personal entrepreneur blog or an actual blog post for our Digital Media Agency. Writing gets me in the flow and the more I write the more I tend to be more creative versus days where I don’t write. For me it’s like having a cup of coffee in the morning.

So since I’m writing almost every day, the amount of clarity I have feels unreal. I feel greater than ever and my flow is on point! It gives me more confidence because now I can go and have in depth conversations on what I know. And since I am validating what I know it’s easier for my brain to process things, learn new things and have more focus. My brain doesn’t have to repeatedly question itself on what it thinks it knows and what it actually knows and what it doesn’t know. I’ve already told my brain what it knows now and it allows us to focus on what we don’t know. All the “I think I know” has been scraped from by brain. Which makes more room to go learn new things and builds confidence. I could go and have a conversation with someone about what I know and who knows from that conversation it could spawn various conversations and opportunities all because I am clear on what I know, clear on what I want and clear on where I am trying to go.  Like I said the level of clarity is unreal, it truly helps things “Click” quicker and allows you to connect the dots. It allows you to go and learn what you don’t know so you can get to where you are going.

I think the most important thing besides talking about what you know, is to be able to teach what you know. When you are able to teach what you know, that means you actually know what you are doing and what you’re talking about. You can now go and help others based on the experiences and lessons you’ve learned. Being able to teach means you understand your craft and you can take that knowledge and make a living in many different ways. I strongly believe that when you don’t write daily you don’t have that clarity. You’re not fully aware, you’re just living on autopilot and I’ll admit that I lived that way for a while. Sure that wasn’t always the case, I was able to learn but when I was learning a lot over the last couple of years, I would stop and reflect on everything I’ve learned. When I reflected I honestly couldn’t tell you what I know. I knew I knew it. But I couldn’t explain it. And that made me question myself on what I really know. Sure I was learning but I felt I wasn’t really paying attention because I could not talk about it. I could show you what I know, which was alright. But being able to truly validate and just take the time to think and expand on thoughts is a truly amazing feeling. If you’re ready this, I challenge you to write (Or type) 1,000 words minimum every single day for one month straight! I promise it will help you reach that level of clarity you were looking for! For the longest time I wanted clarity but wasn’t sure how the hell I was going to get it. Writing it like lifting weights but for you mind. It gets my mind relaxed, just like when I lift weights, my body feels relaxed and free of stress.

About the author: Douglas Slingerland

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