Writing is a powerful habit that can improve your performance in several ways. It also makes you smarter, more relaxed, and more disciplined. Here are 9 reasons you should build a writing habit of your own.
You should write too.
What?!?! Mike, you just said a whole bunch of negative things about writing. Why are you telling me to write too?
There are 9 great reasons you should write regardless of your role or occupation.
1. Writing improves your vocabulary. When I write, I tend to be precise with my words. When I don’t know what a word means but it sounded cool when I heard it, I look it up. When I use new words in written form, it solidifies their meaning and use in my vocabulary. I’m then more comfortable using those words in conversation. That enables me to express my ideas more clearly and intelligently than I could with a limited vocabulary.
2. Writing clarifies your ideas. When you write about a concept, the vague becomes clear. Writing forces you to take the generalities and amorphous or ambiguous thoughts in your head and put structure to them. It solidifies ideas. It generates new insights and understanding of your thoughts thereby making them more concrete concepts that can be acted upon.
3. Writing alleviates stress. When I write, I set aside all the stressors that are typically swirling in my mind. Believe me, there are plenty of them. My writing pushes those thoughts aside – albeit temporarily – while I focus on the topic at hand. That timeout from my stressors gives my nervous system a break from being overloaded.
4. Writing creates business opportunities. I get calls and emails all the time from people who say “I read your book/post/article and loved it. Would you be interested in teaching/coaching me on that topic? Because I have a pile of money I want to throw at you.” Um, yeah. Content marketing 101. I’ve had opportunities to travel to Greece, China, Florida, Utah, California, and other great places because of my writing.