What is the goal or obstacle currently keeping you up at night, and how are you currently approaching it? 

I’ll give you a moment. 

Now, when was the last time you wrote it down? Not ‘thought about it,’ but actually whipped out a ballpoint pen and scribbled everything on a piece of paper? 

…If you have to think about it — it’s been too long. 

Many of us are fighting bad habits, tackling to-do lists, and pushing past obstacles to see our hopes and dreams come to fruition. And while these are steps toward progress, we must be mindful of balancing the fighting, tackling, and pushing with — reflecting, resting, and writing.

Writing is your greatest tool when it comes to achieving success or designing your most inspired life. After all, it was Edward Bulwer-Lytton that reminded us, the pen is mightier than the sword. Getting back to basics and writing on paper allows you to filter through and process your thoughts. Further, it lowers your stress levels and combats negative thoughts — an achiever’s worst enemy!

Pen in hand, I want you to answer the following questions: 

  • If you changed nothing about your life or habits, where — or what — would you be headed towards?
  • Now, what do you want to be headed towards? Define ‘success’ for you. 
  • What obstacles stand in your way? 
  • How could you blast through them to get to the finish line?

“Writing it down” will always remain close to my heart. Not only is it rooted in my coaching, it’s the ninth habit of my best-selling book, Success Women Think Differently

Speaking of, if you’ve ever been interested in coaching, I invite you to check out our intensive at CappInstitute.com. It’s focused on building you to be more resilient and growth-minded. We also have an inspiring community of women in the Successful Women’s Academy. Which will you sign up for? Write it down and head on over!

The most successful women think differently. 

-Valorie Burton