What are you struggling with? Are you searching for answers or a solution?
When you stop the craziness, stop the noise and spend time to listen, it is amazing what answers will come.
Here is how…
Find a quiet place, totally quiet, OK if you are outside and the birds are singing, who doesn’t want to hear that. What I mean is get away, from the washing machine humming, the TV in the background, the radio, conversation. Find a quiet space - void of distractions.
Have a journal and a pen handy.
Then write on a blank page in the journal your question or thought.
What is the right next step for me?
What do I need?
What hard conversation do I need to have?
My problem is …..
After the question or thought has been written, then be still. I know this is hard. Just listen.
Then put pen to paper and start writing, start data dumping what is in your head onto paper. This is where you will be most honest and raw. You will be surprised what comes out of your mind onto the paper, the answers will come. Head to pen – Pen to paper.
If the answer does not come immediately, be patient. I had one client who went through the exercise and nothing happened. She showed up at work the next day, sat at her desk, and the thoughts came. She grabbed her journal and the answers flowed onto the page.
From an article posted by Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP – The Health Benefits of Journaling:
Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.
For those of you who are believers in the Bible, King David wrote in Psalm 37:4-5 “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desire. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you.” Or David’s son, King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans.” Amen.
I challenge you to try it to see how this can make a difference with those tough decisions.