“As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and generative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.” – James Allen, As A Man Thinketh
As we discussed the Creative Writing Process yesterday – I think it’s good to keep this statement from James Allen in mind.
You really really do hold within yourself the power to make yourself what you will.
Through the process of focusing your thoughts in writing on what you want, and why you want it – you harness that inner power.
So anytime you want to harness the power of creation within you – just open up a blank sheet in your ‘Creative Writing’ tab…
…Write down at the top what you want to create on…
…And then start writing what you want and why.
You can do this any day, any time you want.
But as I said, best to do it when you’re feeling good.
It can be really challenging to try to do this when you’re feeling down, discouraged, or overwhelmed.
When we’re in a state of self-doubt or self-criticism we really aren’t in any place to harness the ‘transformative and generative agency’ to make ourselves what we will.
In those states, our will power is really low.
There are two other writing processes we’ll discuss that can get you to a better feeling state very quickly: The Selfless Service process & The Compliments process.
I group these in one section in my binder because the ‘Give’ and ‘Empower’ pillars are both completely ‘other’s focused’ and tend to go together.
Both of these processes will get you outside of yourself and feeling better fast.
When you are actively thinking of others you cannot possibly be thinking, or worried about yourself.
You then open yourself up to the higher energy of love and compassion – which by it’s nature makes you feel better.
So here’s the Selfless Service writing process in detail:
In a blank sheet in the ‘Service & Compliments’ section of your journal, write down a list of the following people:
1- Your immediate family
2 – Your closest extended family
3 – Your closest friends
4 – Your neighbors and people in your community,
5 – Any other friends or people you associate with on a regular basis.
Quickly work this list up to 30 or 40, or even 50 people.
Next, pick any person on the list and write: “What could I do to make their life better?”
Be still and think about that person.
– What are their wants and needs?
– What’s on their mind?
– What do they need help with?
Write down any thoughts that come to your mind.
Try to come up with at least 2 or 3 things you could do to serve them.
These can be simple acts, or more involved, anything is great.
Next, repeat the process for 3-4 other people on your list.
In just 5 or 10 minutes of doing this you will have a list of at least 15-20 ways you can serve people in your life.
Next, just commit yourself in writing to doing ONE thing on your list today.
Then incorporate that one act of service into your plans and move ahead with your day.
This process will inevitably get you out of yourself and feeling better.
Any time we turn our attention to serving others we feel better.
Once you have this list of people and ideas, you can go here easily each day and use it to quickly turn your attention to a service focus.
From there, the process is simply to write your feelings about how any service you did the day before felt.
It’s great to check in with how it felt to serve – and then, reviewing your list of people and potential service acts – commit to a new act for today.
One of the fastest ways to feel better is to forget yourself and get to work serving others.
Use the service section of your journal to help you remember this, and come back to it often.
I spend an entire month of training discussing this one process alone because in truth, giving is truly living.
But whether you do this process – or choose any other we’ve discussed – do some writing today!
This journaling habit you are building will bless your life for the rest of your life.
Create – Day 14 – Day of rest from training
You won’t hear from me tomorrow, but it’s always a great day to connect with yourself in writing!
Make Today Amazing.