1. VentingLife presents tons of opportunities to get angry. If you confronted every offense, you'd spend your entire life popping off. So what do we do with all this pent-up tension? Write it down! Get it all out, leave it on the page. I promise when you're done, you'll feel like a new person. Photo: bcbrownbooks.com
2. Issue MappingThere is a reason you have to show your work in math. Seeing the problem laid out before you helps you to recognize all the little pieces that add up to the bigger picture. Once you have a good scope of the situation, you can begin strategizing the solution.
3. Problem SolvingNot everything is as black and white as mathematics. Sometimes the solution to an issue is more complex than x+y=z. The act of writing turns on the creative, intuitive side of the brain where the answers you're seeking are often found.
4. Self-examinationTaking the time to write things down provides an opportunity to intellectually process situations outside of your feelings and beyond your own perspective. If you're journaling from an authentic place, reading what you've written can be a helpful tool for self-confrontation to identify and eliminate your blind spots. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="701"] Photo: imgur.com[/caption]
5. HealingUnless you're the one person in the world with no baggage, there are surely some underlying, perhaps dormant issues that consistently create the same stumbling blocks in your life. There is a reason we tend to repeat the same behaviors that produce the same undesirable results. Seeing your patterns and pathologies over time can help you get to the bottom of them and correct your course.
6. Goal SettingHaving a goal in mind is one thing, but putting it on paper is an all-together different matter. Why do you think every successful business has a vision and mission statement? It's necessary to keep all parties aligned and on track toward a common goal. Apply this principal to your personal brand and see what happens.
Write it down on real paper with a real pencil. And watch shit get real.— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) November 26, 2013