Can you imagine Kaiser building the Great Coulee Dam without writing down each step to free his mind for the next step? And Einstein in figures, Dr Bush in his atomic research, all great writers: Churchill. Brisbane, Kipling, etc?
Figures are exact things, clear, always the same. Life problems are complex, vague, changing . If we can’t even solve problems in figures which are clear and exact, how can we expect to solve life problems, which are not clear and exact, without pencil and paper? We can’t.
It ‘s difficult for most people to believe that a certain exact method of handling such commonplace item as thoughts will produce almost magical results; whereas a slightly different method of handling the very same thoughts will produce ordinary results or no results at all.
Substitute the process of writing for the process of mere thinking and you’ll surprise even yourself. You can multiply your power without a minute’s preparation. Try it once right where you are. Tear off a sheet of wrapping paper and write. Don’t worry about the mood you are in.
Writing is the best mood creator ever discovered.
In three minutes you can prove that deep down within the hidden recesses of your subconscious mind lies a vast storehouse of power, energy, ideas waiting for your conscious mind to turn on the switch and start the flow of ideas by writing. It might lift you like a switch to undreamed of heights. If you only turn on the switch by writing. But don’t think mere silent thinking will act as the switch. It won’t. In an electric switch the two wires must touch, make contact. So must pencil and paper make contact, touch to turn on ideas.
The mechanical aid for creating an endless flow of useful is writing. If you have ordinary ability and want to find yourself turn that ordinary ability into extraordinary achievement your surest and shortest path to your goal is to write.
After you wrote your first word or idea or sentence, did that reduce your allotted total of possible ideas? No. It increased it. Why? New ideas are formed by comparing and combining old ideas and parts of old ideas in new combinations or arrangements. The more you write the more new ideas you’ll create to form more building blocks for more new ideas. Don’t stop writing when you read your written words and find them dull even stupid.
You first attempts at walking and talking and riding a bike were just as crude. Where would you be if you had quit because your first efforts brings no rewards. Most successful people succeed because they do things failures don’t like to do, or lack the will power to do.
Doing what you know you ought to do when you don’t feel like it develops will power, character, and all other success traits.
Don’t wait for an inspiration or spirit to move you. Move the spirit. Waiting for the right mood to write licks more people than lack of talent. Write and the mood will come. Burn this into your memory so you’ll never forget it: Inspiration sometimes leads to writing, but ten times more often writing leads to inspiration. Edison said: Genius is one percent inspiration and 99% perspiration.