Passion Fruit Writing: Questions Answered

We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God who is sending love letters to the world. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

I’ve had a few questions emailed to me so I thought I would answer them here so you all could benefit. You are welcome to ask any questions at all either by leaving a comment or emailing me.

Q 1: What exactly do you mean by “leverage your journal”?

This is what dictionary.com says about that wonderful word, “leverage.”

noun

1. the action of a lever.

2. the mechanical advantage or power gained by using a lever.

3. power or ability to act or to influence people, events, decisions, etc.; sway.

4. the use of a small initial investment, credit, or borrowed funds to gain a very high return in relation to one’s investment, to control a much larger investment, or to reduce one’s own liability to any loss.

I love the word and the concept of “leverage.” You leverage money to make it grow. You leverage flour, salt, yeast and water to make something of higher value, bread or pizza dough. You leverage your talent by serving your people.

To leverage something is to use it in a different way that has higher value, or combining it with other elements to create value through synergy.

You leverage your journal when you see it as a tool to leverage in your life.

* You can know what’s on your mind and in your heart.

* You can use it to detect patterns that are keeping you from the life you want to live.

* You can use it to reprogram your thinking so that you become your own life coach and best ally.

* You use it to get more done by making lists.

* You use it to generate new ideas and solutions.

* You use it to remember what makes you happy.

See what I mean? Your journal is one of 3 tools I use in my programs. I have learned from experience the power of journal writing. I have a stack of journals and I even get value today from what I wrote last year, or the year before.

Q2: How can I make myself write in my journal?

First of all, let’s look at your language. As long as you’re thinking that you want to “make” yourself do something (anything,) you will resist. Nobody wants to be made to do something. If you think writing in your journal is a worthy goal, then it’s something you want to do.

Wanting to do something is totally different from having to do something, even if it’s the same something.

Now that you want to write in your journal, it’s a matter of scheduling a bit of time. You could start with 5 minutes or 10, or 15. You schedule that time, and get comfortable with your paper and pen.

Now you start writing.

This project gives you many exercises to work with, but you can write all sorts of things. You can make lists, free write, write affirmations, write a story, anything you want.

There is no right way to write. Please share you own ideas or ask any questions by commenting in the box below.

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2 responses to “Passion Fruit Writing: Questions Answered

  1. Laura, I have attempted to journal in many ways over the years, however, I began a new way of writing in my journal today because I am thinking differently. The way you presented it in this exercise is powerful. Thank you.

    -Kathleen

  2. That’s great news — keep it up! Writing a little is better than no writing. You’ll develop the habit so strong that you’ll feel weird if you don’t write something. Take care.

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