Unless I’m super old and telling my age right now, you do remember when your teacher used to make ill-behaving students go to the board (or pull out a sheet of paper) and write one sentence one hundred times or more.
S/he most likely meant for the task to be a punishment, but the psychological effects of this activity were bordering on positive. I am a huge advocate for writing things down. This is why I journal daily. However, I believe these teachers were on to something even “way back when”.
The Big Idea
The more we write something down, the more it tends to stick with us. Our brains work in a way that replays what we see, say, and hear throughout the day, over and over, until it is sealed into our long-term memory banks. This can be good or bad, depending on what we allow into our mental and physical space over the course of the day.
Repetition has always been an effective way for people to learn things. In fact, this is why practice and rehearsal are necessary for progress and elevation. Those who have been practicing faith for a while now have a habit of saying, thinking, and writing things down, often, so that their minds will remember and accept the things they feed it as true. That’s when the results come in.
Write Your Future Life
The reason I mentioned that the teachers’ method of “punishment” was only bordering on positive, but not completely effective, is because the words they often had the children write were negative. One would have to write:
“I will not be disruptive in class.”,
or “I will not misbehave.”
Instead, they should have written more positive things like “I will be a model student and scholar.” Doesn’t the latter just sound and feel a lot better?
Take a page from your grade school teacher’s book, and start writing things out in the way that they “should” be.
Here’s a hint…the way things should be is the way that you desire them to be.
Adopt the habit of writing your desired outcomes down on paper, and watch things begin to shift for you.
What things have you been writing down lately?
Author of The Mask and Creator of The Write Mind Studio
Andriea is also an educator, and singer/songwriter who is very passionate about teaching self-improvement techniques to help people to become the best versions of themselves and to live the lives they actively create.