“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young
Writing Gives Us Courage
Do you have a dream? Something you have always thought of doing, or pursuing, but you just can’t find the courage?
Writing, putting thought to paper, especially when you don’t obsess over those thoughts, can help you find that courage.
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”
― Joss Whedon
When we sit down and just let thoughts escape us, we can not only put a voice to our dreams and ideas, but we can infuse ourselves with courage to pursue those things.
This is the method I like to call Journaling for Entrepreneurs. It is a simple process, but it is one that will help you process and learn how to achieve your goals and dreams. The process will teach you how to set goals and achieve them.
If you have never considered the idea of journaling for business success, the concept of Journaling for Entrepreneurs will need a little more explanation.
What is Journaling for Entrepreneurs?
Journaling for Entrepreneurs is a form of professional journaling. Keeping a business journal is the process of creating journals to help you explore new ideas or better understand yourself to increase your business success. All it requires is the willingness to find the writing style that will help you do this.
What type of writing do I mean?
Do you have a story in your head? Write it down. Don’t try to get it perfect, just get it out.
Do you have a list of goals you’ve been analyzing? Write them down. Make it a formal or informal list, whatever you need to do to have those words in front of you.
Do you have an idea that won’t let go of you? Write that down, no matter how crazy it may seem.
Write without thinking about the obstacles in the way of the words, just get it out, in the open.
It doesn’t ever have to be for someone else’s eyes. It just needs to be seen by you.
“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
So how does this concept of Journaling for Entrepreneurs actually help you achieve your goals? Why would you want to keep a business journal?
Writing Helps us Better Understand Ourselves
“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
― Lloyd Alexander
Courage is important, but so is understanding our desires and motives in life.
Words are powerful. When you write, you give yourself something tangible to look at, to analyze, to understand.
Whether it’s fiction or not, writing gives us insights into ourselves.
A story, a list, a memoir, etc. they all lend a voice to the ideas and beliefs that may get jumbled in our minds. When you sit down to write, and just let the words flow, you are bound to let these things slip through.
Seeing the words on paper, having that physical evidence in front of you, can help you better understand yourself, and the world you would like to help create.
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
― Franz Kafka
Writing Encourages Our Creative Sides
“You can make anything by writing.”
― C.S. Lewis
Creativity is a necessary part of life. Even more so if you want to create your own business.
God, the ultimate creator, put that same desire for creativity in us, and we should seek to encourage that part of ourselves.
Why is this important?
Where do new ideas come from, if not from our creative selves? That spark pushing you to do something, to be better, comes from the creativity God instilled in us.
Do you have an idea floating around for a new technology? A better way of organizing data? A hint of a business plan?
These are all inspired by creativity, and what better way to encourage this side of ourselves than taking pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and letting it escape the subconscious.
That is what Journaling for Entrepreneurs is all about. Explore your creativity; let it carry you to your great idea.
“A word after a word after a word is power.”
― Margaret Atwood
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying every person should pursue a writing career.
I am saying that having a regular time to write each day can help you better pursue the goals you do have.
- Keep a journal
- Make lists
- Write a short story
These, and many other forms of writing can help you grow and better understand your life goals. Journaling for entrepreneurs can also help you find the courage to pursue your dreams!
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Continuing the Process
Once you begin the Journaling for Entrepreneurs process by letting the words have freedom of expression, it’s time to take it to the next level.
You don’t just want to write and forget it. The next step of the Journaling for Entrepreneurs process is to analyze the ideas that come out of you.
- Is there something that keeps showing up in your writing?
- Are there steps you can take now to make some of these ideas become a reality?
- Which of your goals are most important to you?
- Are there things you need to learn to help you accomplish these goals?
Take your Journaling for Entrepreneurs process to the next level by taking the time to create the steps necessary to turn your ideas into reality. This journaling tool will only be useful to you if you actually use it to take action!
Are you looking for more tips and motivation to get started with keeping a business journal? You may want to check out my Journaling for Entrepreneurs Facebook page. This is a place where we can share tips and advice for using the journaling process for success. It is also a great place to ask questions and discuss resources.
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