Since as far back as I can remember, I have been in love with writing. It’s one of my favorite methods of expression. But I have encountered so many people throughout my career for whom writing is practically a punishment.
Here’s the thing: Being capable of generating strong written communication makes you more employable. Regardless of your industry or field, you should be working every day to improve and nurture your writing skills. And it’s a lot easier to do than you might imagine.
For many people, writing is the part of their job they dislike most. The idea of generating a prospecting email—or worse, an exciting piece of high-quality, original blog content—may feel like an unscalable mountain. But remember that every journey starts with a single step.
I’ve mentioned before how much you benefit from maintaining a gratitude journal. Fostering gratitude is one of the major goals of my life, and I prefer to think about it as a verb—it’s something you can do, not just something you can be. This exercise can also be an amazing way to take that first step on the road to becoming a better writer.
The word “journal” might conjure the image of pages and pages of handwritten thoughts, but it’s not that serious! If you think journaling daily will take up time you can’t spare in your already packed schedule, you’re wrong.
Here, I’ll prove it to you: Stop what you’re doing right now. Pause and think of three things you’re thankful for today. See? It took all of 10 seconds!
What if tomorrow do you did the same thing? And the day after? And the day after that? A week from now, how much better would you feel for having spent 10 to 30 seconds per day sitting in gratitude and contemplating what you have to be thankful for?
These moments of gratitude don’t have to be major things, either. They can be something as simple as good weather, the flowers that just started to bloom, or a cute puppy you saw on the street.
Or maybe it’s a deal you finally closed, or the mere fact that you have a job, or a car, or a dental plan. There are so many things to be grateful for.
While you’re writing these simple things down, not only are you learning to sit in gratitude, but you’re practicing the art of writing. It might seem like a small thing, but I promise you your skills will improve if you commit to this practice.
I write every single day, whether it’s my gratitude journal entry, a handwritten thank-you note, or coaching lesson content. You’ve got to keep your saw sharp! After all, practice makes perfect.
If you don’t feel like you’re a very good writer naturally, don’t fret. There are a ton of amazing tools at your disposal to help you along the way.
Written communication isn’t going away anytime soon. Learning to do it—and do it well—will literally put money in your pocket.
Don’t waste one more day putting off this avenue of self-improvement. The more you work at it, the more confident you’ll become. In five years, you could be writing your own book!
Until next time—go sell some stuff!