“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”.
How about if we do both?
In my new book, The Awakened Psychic, I encourage my readers to start a journal, writing down and dating each intuitive hunch or gut feeling they experience. This way they can track these thoughts and feelings and have this data to look back on to see if these were true intuitive feelings coming through or if they were random worries, fears, or wishful thinking coming from their thoughts. This helps determine whether these feelings are coming from the intuitive mind or are thoughts generating from judgements and preconceived notions. We could all do with a bit of this self exploration once in a while to do a check up and see how we’re doing with our thoughts.
Right now, almost everyone would agree that this is one of the most tumultuous times of our lifetime. People are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety, doubt, fear and deep concern about what the future holds. If we’re not careful, too much focus on these thoughts, worries and fears on a daily basis can build up inside of us, where they become toxic, overloading our adrenal glands and depleting our energy. It’s absolutely reasonable to have these concerns, but it’s also important to understand that just worrying about them is counterproductive at best and energy draining at worst.
A great way to relieve this anxiety is to play what I call the “what if game”. If you have something that’s troubling you, instead of avoiding it, ask yourself, what if this happened? Then think it through, what would you do if this event occurred? Once you decide what you would do, ask yourself how you feel about this? Would your response be good enough, would it serve you well, is there a plan b you could have that would make you feel more secure? Write down your original what if question in a journal and then ask yourself what if this happened and write down all of the answers that come to mind. For example, you might write: If this happened, I would…. and play it through to the end — I would do this and if that didn’t work, I would try this and yes, this would feel uncomfortable and I’d rather not go through that experience, but if I have to, I now know what I would and could do and even better, I know that I could get through it.
Now that you’ve played the what if game and written down these thoughts in your journal, you may notice that you are feeling better and that your anxiety has lifted. This is because you’ve focused your thoughts on an action, rather than allowing them to continue to spin in a cycle of worry and fear. You’ve faced the potential problem and looked at a variety of ways that you might address the problem should it become a reality.
This exercise is definitely something worth reading as Ben Franklin said, and as you keep this journal, you may notice when you look back at what you wrote over the past year, that most of these worries you had, didn’t manifest in your life and you were able to let go of the worry because you had a plan. As for the experiences that did occur in your life, you were stronger and more prepared to the action you needed to take, allowing you to do something worth writing about.
Now here’s the Bonus:
If you’re a writer, you’ve just written about real world problems that affect you at an emotional level. Take this journal at the end of the year and read over all of these thoughts and what if questions and you’ll find hundreds of story ideas to put the characters in your novel in and you’ll have a wide variety of potential outcomes and actions they can take in the story. Say bye bye to writer’s block or running out of ideas, you’ve created a book full of story lines to jumpstart your next novel or article that you know will instantly connect and relate with many people.