If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut. – Albert Einstein
The successful ones are often the quiet ones. Maybe it’s because they’ve been so vocal for so long on the up and up that they’re taking a minute to just enjoy their created glory.
But I have a different theory. Something that too few writers write about is how their writing helps them shape themselves.
You’ve likely heard a writer profess that his or her writing has helped them to discover themselves, to understand themselves better – which is entirely true, I assure you.
Writing allows you to access parts of your consciousness that you may not have been wholly aware of prior. Writing is one of the best ways to help you understand you, hands down.
There is, also, another incredible use for it – as I have come to understand over the last year or so.
The written word is a very powerful tool if used properly. Of course, the main purpose of written word, or just words for that matter, is to communicate.
However, the person(s) you are communicating with doesn’t always need to be a third party. Or second party for that matter… Words, written ones especially, have a way of changing your life for the better.
Not on their own accord I’m afraid, but if used properly by any individual, the self-written word can be used to change the person you are.
Writing is the best way to mold yourself into the person that you wish to be.
Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the byproduct of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself… You let it happen by not caring about it… listen to what your conscience commands of you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run… success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.
Success cannot be chased after successfully. To be successful you literally have to change the person you are, whether completely or only your level of knowledge and skill is irrelevant. All that matters is that you cannot be successful exactly the way you are now.
For this reason, the only thing that one can do is to continue growing, continue enhancing their abilities, and learning. Writing is arguably the best way to get from the person you are to the person you need to be in order to deem yourself as having become successful.
To write regularly, about the right topics and themes, is to constantly remind yourself of what it is that you ought to focus on.
I cannot tell you how much writing for Elite Daily has changed my life. Friends made and memories created aside, writing just about every single day for the last two and a half years on the topics of becoming successful in your career and love life has changed the person I am.
I am not the same person I was just three years ago – all thanks to written word.
When you write your brain doesn’t only process the words themselves. It also processes the movement of your hand. It processes the pressure of the pen on the paper or the click of the keys on your keyboard.
It processes your thoughts at the time of writing as well as where and where you are writing.
Your brain makes connections between all of these because you are no longer a bystander, but are part of the words you are jotting down. Your life, for a brief few moments or minutes, becomes the words you are writing. When you so instill words into your mind, especially positive, motivational words, you can’t help but change.
Your world and perspective is being rewritten by your own hand. Successful individuals know the importance of reading and writing. The only reason that less of them do so then you may expect is because they’re likely already rather close to who they wished they’d become.
Becoming successful is coming into your skin, growing into the outline of the person you created in your mind.
Successful individuals may write, but when they do so they usually do for themselves and themselves alone. Successful people, by definition, are more egocentric than others.
They have to be in order to have become who they now are. Those that do post all of those inspirational and motivational quotes all across social media are likely still a ways away from their dreams. And it’s great that they are.
Because they are posting all those quotes, they are at the very least reading them. More likely than not, they’re only copying and pasting, but they are constantly bringing positive words and thoughts into their life – something that’s crucial to success.
The only advice I could offer is to write those words instead of simply copying and pasting them.
Furthermore, don’t just write to share with others, but write for yourself. Discover yourself. Mold yourself. Improve yourself and success will find you. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
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