The upcoming holiday season brings gratitude, joy and an opportunity to celebrate life with those you love. It is the time of year to express our thankfulness for family, friends, opportunities, progress, and yes, writing. As a blogger, writer, or author, you love to write! So, you should always be thankful for writing, right?
Many business and entrepreneurial articles correlate thankfulness with success, often portraying thankfulness as a “secret ingredient” in goal progression.
Daily routine: Get up. Get dressed. Be thankful.
Simply expressing thankfulness as a tool for success minimizes what it means to truly be thankful. Being thankful is not solely an item on your to-do list or a pathway to success, but it can be a means of refocusing our thoughts and a powerful motivator. On days when you are tempted to stop writing, think you have nothing left to contribute, or your “why” for writing is no longer worth the work, perhaps you can simply be thankful.
Thankful for the burden of writing, the often-tormenting process of drafting and editing, and sorting information you believe valuable for your tribe. If you find yourself struggling to be grateful for the grind, consider these reasons to be thankful for writing:
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Be thankful you create.
Instead of copying, you create! Instead of complaining about outcomes, you become part of the solution. We live in a world today filled with more words and information then humanly possible to digest in a lifetime (or two!). Books, magazines, newspapers, and Google in our back pocket make creativity difficult. Knowing much content already exists, it becomes easy to believe all has been said and done before.
In her podcast for creatives and writers, “Writing Tips: If You Feel Like It’s All Been Said Before,” Maria Forleo describes this situation perfectly. “Often, it takes that one person to express it [a thought] in their voices for it to actually get through, and you are that person for somebody!”
Be thankful you contribute.
How wonderful to write, if only for our own benefit. Instead of consuming, you contribute. When you write, you profit from the effort. Thus, how much greater to know our writing also has the potential to enrich the lives of others.
“Thoughts disentangle themselves passing over lips and pencil tips.” Writing is a means of making sense of a world that appears senseless. Your writing is an opportunity to reach someone you may never meet, in a place you may never visit. Every day is filled with experiences that influence our lives. In a socially distant society, what a privilege it is to share those experiences with others.
Be thankful you learn.
An interview between successful entrepreneur and bestselling author, Michael Hyatt and the co-creator of the 5-Minute Journal and Productivity Planner, UJ Ramdas detailed many staggering considerations about writing. “Blogging is a means to process things in public,” stated Michael Hyatt, “I don’t know what I think about until I’ve written.”
“You can’t improve yourself in real time. When you write and correct, you are essentially correcting the syntax in your brain. Your thinking becomes more efficient,” added UJ Ramdas. Consider someone who made a positive impact in your life. Any great influencer was first a great thinker. Writing leads you to sort thoughts and train your mind to delve into a deeper level of thinking.
You learn through the writing process, contributing to the world through a perspective only you possess. So be thankful for writing! The often-daunting writing process yields outcomes worth celebrating this holiday season.
Why are you thankful for writing? Comment below! We love to hear from our reader-writers!