“For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.” ~Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
If you follow the advice in my article, Trying to Move Forward? Try Stopping, then next step is what I call, a “Brain Dump.” I know what you’re thinking – after a week away clearing your head, there isn’t anything to dump, right? Wrong.
The purpose of clearing your head is so to gain clarity. The “Brain Dump” brings it all into focus.
1. Grab a notebook or a pad of paper and a pen and go someplace quiet where you won’t be disturbed. Play some quiet relaxing music in the background. Be sure your phone is shut off, too. Give yourself plenty of time for this exercise.
2. Open your notebook, uncap your pen and start writing. Just write whatever comes to mind. This is called “stream of consciousness” writing. At first you might just write, “I don’t know what to write” but soon the thoughts and ideas, dreams and goals will start to flow.
The key is not to try.
Don’t force the words; just let them flow. Write whatever comes into your mind and keep on writing and keep on writing and then write some more. The first time I did this I wrote over 30 pages, single spaced, of stuff.
But when I was finished I had more clarity than I ever had in my life. What I wanted to do and my game plan was in those pages. My purpose and my dreams came alive in those words.
This is an amazing process that is almost indescribable. I think you really need to do it in order to appreciate how powerful it is.
Keep it up.
If you don’t already keep a journal, I highly recommend that you do. I do both an audio and a written journal every evening. I have a voice recorder on my iPod Touch and I just ramble about my day. Then I also write. And no that’s not typing; it’s pen-to-paper writing. I find both extremely helpful in collecting my thoughts, celebrating my successes, figuring out my next steps and just generally getting clear and focused.
The “Brain Dump” and journaling are effective processes that help you connect with your true self. They also help you to be calm and reduce stress. Something we can all use a little more of.
If you give this a try, please let me know how it goes for you.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please be sure to share them in the comments.
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