Write it Down!

“Learn as much by writing as by reading.”

~ Lord Acton

Write it Down!

By Simon Tyler

How many times have you had a thought, an idea or remembered something you’d been wracking your brain for, only to forget it again within a few hours? If only you’d written it down!

How often have you scrawled in your notebook during a meeting or listening to a talk and felt a spark of inspiration and memory when you glance at those notes again?

The act of writing is more powerful than you could possibly believe. Across the world neuro-researchers are discovering many brain and body links that occur when we are in the act of writing, way beyond the basic act of putting words onto paper. For example we ‘hear’ everything we write, engaging with the content in multiple sensory ways.

Our writing or ‘interior monologue’ was described as a Stream of Consciousness by philosopher and psychologist William James in The Principles of Psychology (1890). And in my work I have been reminded again of the incredible simplicity of this personal growth technique “to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind” as William James states.

When you write for a short period of time about one subject or about all the things that occupy your thinking at a particular moment, you move past the hard working (do-do-do) beta brain waves into alpha (where you can think more slowly, expansively and around subjects) and with repetition occasionally to theta brain state (where you access your deeper held instincts, intuitions and guidance).

You may be like many of my current clients, so busy, so chock-a-block in concentrating and attending meetings and churning emails that you have no time to write.

I challenge you to write this week for as many 15-minute sessions as you can. Here are some simple tips to get the most from the exercise, fast:

  1. Take (and drink) a glass of water while you are in your writing zone
  2. Write by hand
  3. Start by writing what you want
  4. Write fast (release your judgments on quality, layout, typos and grammatical excellence)
  5. When you get stuck or slow down, write the question that seems to be where you are stuck
  6. At the end of your writing session, pen down, don’t read it, return to it later if you want to

Deep inside you have your answers; writing is a simple gift at the end of your fingertips. Go on…

PS – Don’t use yes/no, ‘why’ or ‘when’ questions – they restrict your thinking.

Simon Tyler is one of the world’s leading business coaches. His work simplifies the lives of business leaders and owners. He is an incisive consultant, inspirational writer, provocative public speaker and master facilitator. To learn more about Simon, visit http://simontyler.com.

Coaching Call To Action

Since the first of the year, I have been writing for 15 minutes as part of my morning routine.  As Simon suggests, I find that I can solve problems, get ideas, or calm down – all by spending a little time accessing what’s in my head.  What might you discover this week if you do some writing?  Share your answer below.