I love Sunday.
My own version of paradise is to sit at home on a Sunday afternoon and watch movies with my loved ones. So relaxing…
Half of the time if not most of the time, I would have a mini-sleep or dozed off during the movie… Perhaps due to the strenuous long run prior to the movie watching.
Yesterday, it was a bit different. My better half picked ‘Sixth Sense’ as our Sunday afternoon movie. It brought fond memories since this is the one of the first movies that we watched during our ‘dating years’ back in college years.
What’s interesting.. I learned new thing from this movie: free writing. It’s the exercise of writing down your thoughts and keep writing and pouring the thoughts to dig your inner most ‘creative’ side. …Or perhaps to dig down deep in your subconscious part of the brain.
Yesterday, I did not doze off during the movie watching session. The conversation on free writing sparked an idea in my head.
Hey, I could actually use this newly-found tool to plan for my new year’s resolutions!
I simply write down my goals in this coming year and try to picture myself already (almost) finishing 2013 with all the written goals achieved.
The exercise simply energized me! The feeling that you are ‘THERE’ is quite powerful.
Having been energized, the thoughts are overflowing in my head. How I feel when I achieve the goals. I can picture the obstacle which I overcame. Working through the limit by going around the ‘barrier’ .. One thought leaps to another and spurs branches of thoughts.
The challenge will be to reconcile the seemingly disparate thoughts into coherent and structured ones so that the words can be ‘ACTIONABLE’ in time when the implementation part comes..
Try it yourself.
1. Imagine you are at the end of 2013 with all the achieved goals.
How do you feel? By feeling this surge of energy, I can assure you that you will be ‘dizzy’ with abundance of possibilities that you can write or should I say you can plan to do in order to achieve in this coming year.
2. Write and write and write. Do not worry whether your thoughts make good sense or not (at least not for now).
3. Reconcile the thoughts. You can frame the thoughts in simple chronological order (e.g. the timeline on initiatives that you need to implement) or cause and effect or even perhaps issue and solution.
To give you a glimpse of my exercise:
” It’s the time of the year again, December. Yep, the Mayans were out stone perhaps or other logistics to create their calendar beyond 2012.. We are already in 2013 and I feel so blessed to hit my long time goal of publishing my own book. Any intellectual(s) [with strong alter ego] would have got the same ambition or dream: to be an author or influential thinker. I could have done this without the strong support from my loved ones to help me go through the grind every single day. A page a day. A dozen of pages during the weekend. Daily reminder of how I should progress.. Inch by inch.. The stacks of printed papers grow taller…”
What do you think?
Do try this free writing and share your thoughts.