Please Welcome guest blogger and Awareness Advocate, Melanie Bowen
There is a power in the
written word. No matter what obstacle you're trying to overcome or what goals
you're trying to achieve, the act of simply writing down your thoughts,
feelings and desires can help motivate you and guide you on your journey. Once
you put your thoughts down on paper, or even on an online blog, they move out
of the realm of the imaginary and become tangible reminders. Whether you're
dealing with an injury, illness, hereditary disease or a rare disease such as mesothelioma cancer, the act of writing can help focus your energy
and set you on the path to recovery.
Be Your Own Cheerleader
Self-help author Peter
McWilliams once said, "Our thoughts create our reality -- where we put our
focus is the direction we tend to go." People in the process of recovering
from an illness often become overwhelmed by thoughts, and can lose sight of
their goals. The act of writing helps make sense of these thoughts and can
sharpen your focus. Catalog your feelings while going through treatment, list
ways to keep your thoughts positive, and write down ways to stay healthy. Use a
journal or blog to motivate yourself, and go back often to read what you wrote.
Let your words serve as a reminder of your ambition and desire.
Celebrate Your Successes
Writing down goals and
milestones gives you a visible progress report than can enhance your
self-esteem and increase your commitment and ambition. In fact, achieving a set
goal actually produces a brain chemical called dopamine that's associated with
pleasurable feelings. This chemical also makes your brain hungry for new
challenges. Once you're achieved a goal, catalog it in writing and celebrate
yourself on a job well done. Then catalog future goals that you look forward to
achieving in the future. This will help you stay motivated and inspired to keep
succeeding and overcoming challenges.
Look to the Future
Writing down goals helps you focus and stay positive in the present as a patient, and helps you
shape your future. As part of your goal setting process, think about what you'd
like to accomplish in your life in the future. Write down the names of books
you want to read and places you'd like to travel, or catalog the steps you'll
need to take to learn a new skill. Writing down future life goals can stop you
from drifting and help you to follow through on your future dreams. It gives
you a direction -- a tangible reality to work towards.
The Bottom Line
There's always room for
more inspiration, more motivation, and more positivity.
Melanie Bowen is as an
awareness advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives. You
will often find her highlighting the great benefits of alternative
nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with
cancer or other serious illness. Melanie also assists in social media
outreach in her efforts to spread awareness. Melanie writes for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog and Milady Knows.
You can connect with Melanie on
Editors' Note: We want to thank Melanie for reaching out to us and writing this great post. Melanie, you are doing an awesome job! As you say: Here is to Health and making a Difference!!~
Weather or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings. ~ Ronald Mcnair