Can you relate to this quote? I know I can! How many times have you found your mind drifting to the same old thoughts, feelings, & emotions? It’s almost as if you’re a broken record that doesn’t want to be fixed. One of the most powerful ways to overcome your “lazy” mind is through journaling. Now, before you shut this idea down, let’s explore what journaling really is, how to make it more powerfully affective & what it can do for you…
In his book, “Accidental Genius”, Mark Levy describes a form of journaling he calls “freewriting”. Freewriting is a fast method of thinking on paper. You write continuously for a set amount of time (usually about 10-30 minutes), as fast as you can. You don’t worry about the content you are writing or whether or not it makes sense. You simply write down the thoughts that pop into your mind. If you hit a wall & can’t think of anything to write, you simply repeat what you have already written or write nonsense like “blah, blah, blah”. The key is to WRITE FAST & NOT STOP WRITING until the timer goes off.
WHAT DOES THIS DO FOR YOU? It allows you to access your subconscious mind…the place where your true “genius” lives. How does it do this? Normally when you journal, you automatically & subconsciously EDIT every word you say. Writing fast helps you to over-ride this internal editor & dig deeper. The content you’re writing may not be “deep”, but it’s allowing your mind to go deeper.
Let me say it an another way: It’s not about WHAT you’re writing, it’s about what’s HAPPENING as you write.
Tomorrow I’m going to go into more detail about “freewriting” & how to make it work for you. I highly recommend Mark Levy’s book, “Accidental Genius” for those of you who are interested in digging deeper into this topic.