Writing is my passion and profession. Improving my skill is a natural priority in my self-improvement game. But I get it: if you don’t write for a living, why invest time and energy in improving?
The reason I’m so in love with writing is that it touches every area of my life. From the messages I send friends to the way I express myself in private, like in journaling. It touches every area of your everyday life, not just career.
1. You communicate better.
Good communication is everything, from the way you’re understood to the way you’re misunderstood. To write better means to express yourself better, both online and in person. You sell yourself and your ideas better, and you get your message across the way you intended it. Fewer misunderstandings and more agreements. It also helps build your relationships with friends, families, clients and even strangers.
2. You slow down and clear the clutter in your mind.
This is true for those who love to journal and blog. Writing is a an old therapeutic outlet. Which is why many doctors and psychologists recommend it to their patients. When you write, your brain hangs on to every word that comes out, slowing you down, improving your focus and bettering your ability to express your ideas.
3. You reflect and become honest.
Ever had a message or story all set out in your head, but when you wrote it down it was totally different? Whenever we write, what we think, know, or remember comes out more vividly and in clearer detail. This enables us to become clearer and more honest with ourselves about what we’re thinking.
4. You get a creative outlet.
Creativity is linked with problem-solving and decision-making. Writing is the perfect entryway into the creative life, especially if you don’t consider yourself an artistic type. It’s a good way to get your thoughts, emotions, knowledge and experiences out there in a beautiful, therapeutic way so they don’t muddle up your brain space.
5. You manifest better.
Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, found that we are 42% more likely to achieve our goals when we write them down. Writing down your plans, hopes, and dreams is a scientifically-proven way to raise your chances of manifesting them.
6. You see the bigger picture in your life story.
If you blog or journal, one of the best feelings is reading your past works and seeing how far you’ve come. Even when it’s your first time writing, later looking at what you wrote makes you see things from a different perspective. You documented your life from when you were a slightly different person, giving you an overview of the past, present, and the future.
7. You gain confidence.
Writing things down makes it concrete and clear. Doing it often is a lot like training a brain muscle. When you practice writing regularly, you’ll experience all the above benefits and you’ll feel the difference. You’ll feel more focused, prepared, introspective, and clear about who you are, what you priorities are, and what you want to achieve. Gaining confidence in your everyday life can begin with simply picking up a pen.
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