The habit of writing (for clarity)

by | Sep 16, 2021

Even though I know that there are some things I would like to start doing it always takes me too long to actually start doing it. And I hate that. Can you relate?

I knew for a long time that I wanted to start writing and making that a habit. I knew I would like to start writing regularly about the things I’m interested in but I never really started. And when I think back now it is definitely for two reasons. OK, maybe three 😉

I never started to write out of fear that “who am I to write” and “why would someone want to read what I have to say”?

But why do I care? I want to write for myself. To clear my thoughts, to research a topic a bit more or just to write down some of my thoughts to empty my mind. To brain dump my thoughts and make a note to myself. If anybody will find my ideas and writings interesting I’ll be happy, but I’m not writing because of that. I just want to get stuff out of my head, become better in writing (especially as English is not my mother language) and maybe get some more clarity about the topics that I keep thinking about.

Why should I reveal my thoughts publicly? That might backfire someday!

That’s a legitimate point. We live in strange times where a lot of times we are judged too fast. I tend to be more open minded and not point fingers. Everyone has the right to have their own opinion and if I disagree on something I step back and try to listen and find out why do they think differently. But if I write openly about the things in my mind that can backfire someday. But … I had to overcome that. Another fear to overcome, right?

The third and the last one is easy. Lack of time!?

There is no such thing as lack of time. There are only priorities, right? If you want to do something you will find time so this point actually feels like not being valid 😉

So I finally started to blog daily!

I remember a long time ago I read a thought from legendary Seth Godin “Everyone should have a blog, even if no one reads it, and you should blog every day,”
and he continues …
“If you know you have to write a blog post tomorrow, something in writing, something that will be around 6 months from now, about something in the world, you will start looking for something in the world to write about. You will seek to notice something interesting and to say something creative about it. Well, isn’t that all we’re looking for? The best practice of generously sharing what you notice about the world is exactly the antidote for your fear.”

It’s funny as this is exactly the same approach I’ve been teaching talent at radio stations (as a radio consultant). The important word here is DAILY! If you know you have to talk about something interesting in your radio show or if you know you HAVE to write something every day you will start looking for interesting things in your life. You will become more aware.

Try it out for yourself. It’s totally free (as Seth reminds us).