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We talked about the repurposing power of writing. No matter what you want to create, no matter what medium, it all starts with writing. Writing is one of the most important skills and powerful habits you’ll ever build.
So I thought, “If it all starts with writing, why don’t I start my day with writing?”
Night Owl Turned Early Bird
I always hated getting up early. Maybe you can relate. I’m a night owl through and through. I do my best work at night—at least, that’s what I always told myself because there was no way I was getting up before the sun did.
But at the beginning of 2014, I had this thought: “If it all starts with writing, why don’t I start my day with writing?” I decided just to try it. I decided to set my alarm for early and write as the very first thing I do.
The night before, I’d take a moment to write out my topics for the next day. I did this for a couple of reasons:
- You always end up wasting a ton of time trying to figure out what to write about.
- Your brain will process your topics for you while you sleep.
When you wake up in the morning, you’re coming off of the charge of sleep. Not only do you have fresh energy in a physical sense, but if you made the effort to write down your topics the night before, your subconscious has also been mulling over your topic for the day.
Comparing Your Output
So I decided to start doing my most important work at the point in my day where I was most productive: the morning.
At first, I hated it. It’s not fun shifting your sleep schedule and waking up at 6:00 AM. But I logged my output and made note of how much I was writing. When the time came to compare my output with what I did as a night owl, I couldn’t argue with the results.
I was twice as productive when I wrote first thing in the morning. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about results. Being successful is great. You know what’s even better? Being super successful.
If writing is what was going to grow my business and I was able to double my output by doing Early Wake Daily Write, then Early Wake Daily Write I was going to do!
No one likes leaving a warm bed in the morning. It’s comfortable. It’s cozy.
I don’t wake up early because I enjoy it.
I wake up early because I like who I am when I do.
Initial Goal: 1,000 Words a Day
My initial goal, and what I would challenge you with today, was to write a thousand words a day.
That might sound like a lot to you right now, but trust me, it’s very doable.
You need to set a goal that will challenge you. If you write a thousand words a day, I promise it will completely revolutionize your business.
A thousand words a day is a book every two months. That’s incredible.
Now: One Million Words a Year
I started out at a thousand words a day, and now I write 3,000 to 5,000 words a day on average—sometimes more.
I’ve simply seen the explosive results from writing every day and I’ve focused my entire effort on writing as much as possible—all of this from someone who never considered himself a writer.
My Trick to Start Writing
If you’re feeling stuck in the morning, and you’re not sure where to start or the words aren’t flowing, just start writing. What I mean is just start writing about anything.
Start writing about the fact that you have nothing to write about. Write about the fact that it’s frustrating that you got up so early but the words aren’t coming.
There should be no thought that crosses your mind that isn’t also on the page. You’re not allowed to think a thought that you don’t write.
Your job right now is to write what you think. A pure stream of consciousness. It doesn’t have to be about your topic. Just write whatever you’re thinking. You’re not allowed to think a thought without writing it on the page.
This way, it is literally impossible not to write.
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. You can write yourself out of writer’s block.
Supercharge Your Writing
I’m doing an online workshop called Supercharge Your Writing on Monday, November 9th, so if you’re interested in taking your writing game to the next level and learning to use writing to explode your business growth, go register for the event at SuperchargeYourWriting.com.
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