You've probably heard that writing things down is a good way to accomplish your goals, stick to a New Years resolution and so on but do you know why? Well, according to Bottom Line Secrets .com, it seems that there's actually a scientific connection between that piece of paper and your brain. Here's the rundown: Writing triggers the Reticular Activating System, or R-A-S, of the brain. The R-A-S distinguishes urgent from non-urgent information. For example, it filters your name, spoken on the other side of a noisy room, or a baby's cry from crickets, dripping faucets and traffic--Writing your goal down sets up the filter for your R-A-S, and alerts you to the things that relate to it. Once you start working on a goal, the R-A-S will send you signs and signals that you're on the right path. These constant reminders keep your goal front and center in your mind, which means you're more likely to take steps to achieve it-- But if you're not much of a writer, don't fret. I've got some great tips that'll break you in gently, and put you on the path to fulfilling your dreams.
But if you're not much of a writer don't worry. I've got some suggestions that'll help. These come from Henriette Anne Klauser, author of the book "Writing on Both Sides of the Brain."

  • Start small. Write a list or a single sentence describing your goal.
  • Connect with a friend. Write down one of their goals beside yours, and then the steps each of you are going to take to achieve them. And give yourself a deadline. Maybe not for the overall goal, but for the individual steps. Then report back to each other every week.
  • Go outdoors. Many people associate writing with a desk and school - and this can conjure up frustrating memories! So change your environment. Go to the park or visit an outdoor café.
  • And a final tip for writing your way to success: Do it when you wake up. Put a pad and a pen by your bed and set your alarm for 15 minutes before you usually get up. Early morning writing is great because your mind is clear. Do this every day for 2 weeks without re-reading what you've written. Then read it all and notice any patterns.

Experts say doing this will put you on the path to achieving your goals-- And if that doesn't convince you, check out this testimonial: Actor Denzel Washington told a "60 Minutes" reporter that when he was a struggling young actor and school dropout, he visited his mother's beauty parlor. A customer there who saw his reflection in the mirror wrote, "This boy will speak to millions" on a piece of paper and gave it to him. Twenty-five years later, he still carries that paper with him. That prediction, if merely spoken, might have gone in one ear and out the other--
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