“If you want the truth, you must write about yourself
I am the only truth I know”
Dame Renee Fritchie called the missing part of career development ‘biography writing’ and outlined the importance of getting to know, understand and love yourself. The sad truth is that many of us power through life without taking the time to put pen to paper and enjoy this experience.
So I'll begin by saying, well done you, if you dare to be different.
One of the best ways to begin the journey of self discovery is with journal writing. And because you are going to record some great information, I recommend you get a good quality journal to write in. This will encourage you in the habit of recording your musings and may even raise their quality. I had been given a lovely journal as a gift from my niece Lindsay one Christmas, and I and when I read ‘good quality’ I knew exactly where my writing would be captured.
I think it’s best to get one that is not lined, that way you can draw and be creative with your entries. Also consider your journal to be different from a diary. You can write as much or as little as you want in a day, you can write from the experiences and learnings from your past; you can write your current thoughts, both exciting and fearful; and write out your dreams, wishes and concerns for the future.
It’s amazing what you will uncover so, be prepared to be surprised!
Fritchie recommends answering some questions, and I really recommend you answer them as deeply and thoroughly as you can – write at length for each one and encourage your thoughts to keep coming as you write.
Once your thoughts start to flow, let them take you with them wherever it is they are going.
If you want to just write whatever comes to you, that's great. Go for it. However some people need more guidance and structure, so here are the nine questions that inspired me to go to university at the age of forty and then set up in business.
I am eternally grateful to Dame Renee for that, she really motivated me into changing my life for the better.
Here are two big fundamental questions:
1. What kind of human being do I want to be?
2. What do I want to do with my life?
And now for the seven strategy questions:
1. Where am I now?
2. How did I get here?
3. Where do I want to go?
4. How will I get there?
5. What will I do when I arrive?
6. Where to next?
7. How do I begin?
Your journal is just for you, so forget spell check, forget about grammar and just connect with your thoughts and allow your writing to show you your inner world. You may be holding dreams and aspirations you knew nothing about.
This was, and still is, a hugely important practice in my life development and I'd love it if you try it and then let me know how you get on!