Start with a notebook.
Most people feel overwhelmed or anxious when they begin to approach Personal Development and feel desperate to know where or how to begin.
What kind of notebook doesn’t matter, but I stick with paper.
“Devices” are hypnotizing and invasive. Many of us work with glowing screens and use them every day, like drooling zombies. Unless you have no choice, I strongly recommend using a real notebook.
I carry mine everywhere, along with at least a pen or marker. I take it to work. I take it to play. I take it on trips. I take it to meetings. I like to play around with different colors. If I can’t bring it with me, I don’t go.
In my notebook, I write down GOALS, IDEAS, THOUGHTS, SYNCHRONICITIES, ACTION STEPS, FEELINGS, BITS OF CONVERSATIONS, CHECKLISTS, REMINDERS, MORE IDEAS, DREAMS, VISIONS, MILESTONES, JOKES, PEOPLE’S NAMES, BOOKS/MUSIC/MOVIES/ETC., GIFT IDEAS, MELODIES, BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS, DOODLES, STRATEGIES, REALIZATIONS, DIAGRAMS, LESSONS, MAGIC, EXPERIMENTS, CONTACT INFO, and, just in case I didn’t stress it enough, IDEAS.
And anything else I think of or find interesting throughout my day.
I have found that writing things down changes the way my brain perceives and organizes things. Different parallel ideas emerge and seemingly unrelated bits and pieces breed and creative breakthroughs jump out from there.
Every aspect of my Personal Development gets written down, examined, and fiddled with. Same thing with my Creative Projects. Ditto for my Businesses.
I’ll say it again: Nothing will contribute to your growth as significantly as keeping a notebook.
Store your notebooks. Organize them. Revisit them.
Whip out your notebook whenever you want to capture something. Writing with your hand and pen helps you remember and, more importantly, helps you to see it differently than it is in your head or on your computer. Apologize to whoever you’re with, if you feel you must, but never hesitate to write things down.
If you give a shit (or want to learn how to), start by writing things down in a notebook.
If you doubt the effectiveness of keeping a notebook, keep one for a month and write in it every day.
See what happens.
If keeping a notebook scares the crap out of you, write that down, too.
If you’re afraid that you are too lazy, depressed, or undisciplined; absolutely FORCE YOURSELF every single day until it becomes habit (should take about 3 weeks).
Just in case I didn’t say it enough times to slip into your subconscious: