When a pen is laying on a desk or tucked away in someone’s pocket, nothing happens. However, when it is placed in a hand, it is a very powerful tool. Go grab one and I’ll show you.
1. Writing down your goals. Writing has always been an important part of my life, even before I started blogging. My life has always been about setting goals. I remember as a teenager, I would write down my goals on paper. I would post them on my bedroom wall or keep them in a convenient place. Once I achieved a goal, I would cross it out. I would continue setting goals until I achieved them. I didn’t realize it at the time how much power was in my pen. Every goal that I wrote down on paper, I always achieved.
2. Keeping a journal. Over the past 2 years, I’ve also discovered the value of writing journal entries. In the past, I was not consistent with it. I can look back and see my struggles, those “winter seasons”, and happy moments that make me appreciate life. Words are very powerful as well. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). You can uplift someone or tear them down the same way as you can speak a self-fulfilling prophecy. For instance, if you keep saying that you’re broke-you never have money, that will be the case. Write down a plan of action to change your situation. Remember, there are people out there willing to help you and give you guidance. Prayer is always a powerful tool. “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
3. Consistently writing down positive thoughts. One of my goals is to have blogging turn into a bigger opportunity. I believe that I’ll meet the RIGHT person, apply to the RIGHT position, or the RIGHT person will approach me. I’ve had a couple of freelance writing opportunities. I shared with one of my LinkedIn groups how a couple of potential clients wanted to pay me $1.40 to $2.00 for 500 words. I recall one of them telling me that it was going to be difficult to find a client that will pay $15 for a 500-word article; writers don’t get paid what they are worth. She went on to tell me that she was paid $1.50 for 500 words 10 years ago; she had bills to pay. That’s understandable; however, how much is your writing worth? Do you accept everything that someone tells you? That very same day, I was paid MORE for a 400-word article. Even still, the rate goes up with each article assignment. I didn’t settle for pennies because I know what my writing is worth. Don’t settle; have confidence in yourself and find your niche.
4. Blogging. There are many blogs that I follow that are powerful. They’re experts in their field. They share their personal stories, or they write about issues that others may be afraid to write about. I admire those that speak the truth regardless of the situation, especially those that take a stand for Jesus.
Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV)