Several weeks ago, I finished the book, “Write it Down, Make it Happen”. The author, Henriette Klauser, believes there is something “magical” (my word) that happens when you commit something to writing. This “magic” can be attributed to the inner workings of the brain.
At the base of the brain stem, about the size of a little finger, is a group of cells whose job it is to sort and evaluate incoming data. This control center is known as the reticular activating system (RAS). The RAS sends the urgent stuff to the active part of your brain, and sends nonurgent to the subconscious….
The RAS is like a filtering system of the brain. Writing it down sets up the filter. Things start to appear – it’s a matter of your filtering system.
If you have never owned a Honda before, and you buy a blue Honda, all of a sudden you see blue Hondas all over town. You might wonder, Where are all these blue Hondas coming from? But they were there all along; you were just not paying attention to them.
Putting a goal in writing is like buying a blue Honda; it sets up a filter that helps you be aware of certain things in your surroundings. Writing triggers the RAS, which in turn sends a signal to the cerebral cortex: “Wake up! Pay attention! Don’t miss this detail!” Once you write down a goal, your brain will be working overtime to see you get it, and will alert you to the signs and signals that, like the blue Honda, were there all along.
I went out and bought a new journal and I’ve been writing down some big goals and dreams in this notebook. One of my dreams that I have written down is to become a best selling author. Honestly, it seems like an impossible dream. An author, that seems very possible (especially in this day of self-publishing LOL). But best-selling? That seems very unlikely to me. But I wrote it down, and I’m sharing it. And those are two very big steps.
I recently sent out a survey to help me figure out what to write about. If you haven’t taken it, there are only 5 questions, and I’d really appreciate it if you would fill it out.
I decided that if I’m really going to do this, I need to start setting some goals and making them public. My goal is to have my book proposal completed and submitted by September 1st. This is a really aggressive goal for me, but I’m going to try.
While I’m challenging myself, let me challenge you as well. What is something that you would like to see happen in your life? Please write down that goal in the comments and then also include something that you can accomplish by September 1st to get you there. And write it down. Share it here so we can encourage each other. Let’s see what kind of progress we can all make!