The power of putting pen to pa­per

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There’s so much power in putting pen to pa­per. Ac­cord­ing to a study done by Dr Gail Matthews on strate­gies for achiev­ing goals, those who write down their dreams and goals on a reg­u­lar ba­sis are 42 per­cent

more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. And if you share those goals with some­one in your life, the like­li­hood of you achiev­ing those dreams and goals in­creases again.

The rea­son why writ­ing down your dreams can have such an amaz­ing ef­fect is be­cause when you write them down, you ac­knowl­edge their im­por­tance and they be­come real. They go from be­ing just a thought—a wish or hope—to a phys­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion on pa­per. Yes, you could get the words down faster by typ­ing, but the pen is so much more pow­er­ful. Not only does writ­ing en­cour­age you to slow down and think more deeply, it is also a truly per­sonal act. And what could be more per­sonal than your own dreams and goals?

An­other ben­e­fit of tak­ing dreams out of our hearts and heads and com­mit­ting them to pa­per is that when we do that, we sub­con­sciously (and con­sciously) start to take ac­tions to make those dreams

come true. It’s al­most like some sort of magic starts hap­pen­ing, although re­search says that there is a sound sci­en­tific rea­son. Ac­cord­ing to a 2004 study pub­lished in the Psy­chol­ogy Sci­ence jour­nal, the phys­i­cal act of hand­writ­ing helps with mem­ory, con­cep­tual un­der­stand­ing, and ap­pli­ca­tion.

When you write down your dreams, you ac­knowl­edge their im­por­tance and they be­come real.

Ex­cerpt taken from Your Dream Life Starts Here by Kristina Karls­son. Avail­able at Kikki.K stores and on­line at www.kikki-k.com for $39.90.

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