Monday, February 16, 2015

The Power of Writing Down What You Want

What do you really want? With our busy lives and the stress of working, making a living, caring for others, and getting older, things can get out of control and really take a toll.

Some people feel like they’ve totally lost control of their mind and body. They operate entirely at other people’s bidding. Many feel like they’ve hit a brick wall trying to change their lifestyle. Some people are frustrated that no one finds them attractive or enjoyable to be with anymore. Others are so frustrated by life they feel that nothing they want is attainable.

Thinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of Belief, explains the incredible power of simply writing things down. It can be the simplest and most powerful thing you can do to get yourself moving towards your goals, regain your direction and your confidence, and place you in control over what happens to you.


I received a copy of this book and had the chance to check it out. I think this book is a wonderful way of keeping a journal or jotting down your thoughts (and sometimes refer back to it as a reminder). It allows you to keep track of how you manage a better life and it really helped me a lot. The first 30 pages or so provide self-help and informational instructions on positive thinking and commitment to writing. The last section shows examples of writing, which I find very useful. The rest of the pages are composition pages for the reader to write down their daily assignments or ideas. The authors of this book are very inspiring!

Writing down what your intentions are each day focuses your mind on what you want. The act of writing helps you achieve clarity and frees your mind to use your imagination. You decide what is important and you put away what is not. Your subconscious mind then goes to work and helps you achieve what you want for the entire rest of the day.

Your actions are triggered and guided by your decision to write down what is important. You get the maximum power by being specific and even by setting a deadline. Here are some examples about how to phrase what you write down.

If you want to lose weight, write down:
  • I will identify the people and events that sabotage my food strategy and I will record what they are and when they happen.
  • Writing down what I eat helps me consume fewer calories and salt. I will keep an accurate record of everything I ate today.
  • Instead of soda, I will take two cans of tomato juice with me to drink: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
  • I will set my watch alarm to go off every two hours, and I will get out of my chair and walk for fifteen minutes each time it goes off. I will walk up and down the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
  • I will walk to work and home every day this week. I will walk two miles each day.
If you want to change how you behave around people, write down:
  • I will not get angry. I will forgive everyone for everything.
  • The perfect outcome for today is for me to go home happy.
  • I will not jump to conclusions. I will listen and think before I talk. I will work through possibilities.
  • I will notice what people do to help me. I will recognize it and say thank you every time I see it.
If you want to make more money, write down:
  • I will call ten people today. I will call five people in the morning and five people in the afternoon.
  • I will follow up every call with an email. I will offer ideas that keep the conversations going every time.
  • No matter what happens, I have the courage and the ability to try again tomorrow.
If you want to make up with your spouse, write down:
  • I will apologize to my wife. By noon I will send my wife an email and say “I’m sorry. You were right. I was wrong”.
  • I will get a card and write down “I love you. Please forgive me. I want another chance”. I will pick up flowers on the way home and give them to her with the note.
Writing down what you want specifically helps you make miracles happen. Miracles can and do happen and they often happen when you simply decide to write down what it is you really want to make happen. So get out a piece of paper, or a notebook, and each morning as you start your day, write down what you want.

If you are facing a big challenge today, write this down:
  • Yes, I can do it! Yes, I can do it! Yes, I can do it! Yes, I can do it! Yes, I can do it!
Write "Yes, I can do it" five times, each morning, every day for a week, and watch what happens. The rest comes easily.


Eugene (Gene) F. Moynihan, Jr. is a popular inspirational and motivational speaker. He has a private therapy practice in New York. He is a retired member of the New York City Police Department. He was the Clinical Director of POPPA, Inc. from 1999 to 2009, an anti-suicide agency that has a contract with the New York City Police department to help police officers deal with mental health issues unique to their job. He personally experienced short term symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder having been involved in several shooting incidents. His office was two blocks from the World Trade Center when the two planes struck those buildings on 9/11/2001. He has been helping the first responders to 9/11 ever since. POPPA Inc., won APA’s Silver Achievement Award in 2005 in recognition of its success in encouraging NYPD officers to seek help for mental health issues.

Gene has a Masters Degree in Social Work. He conducts workshops, seminars and a master class in Thinking Anew. His approach is unique and is considered by his peers as highly effective at getting people under considerable stress to Think Anew. He lives in Selden, New York.

Richard (Dick) F. Quis is a businessman, writer and fine art painter. He is the Managing Director of Sierra Trading Company, a global mergers and acquisition firm. He is a CPA (retired) and has held senior audit and marketing positions with Price Waterhouse Coopers, Mattel and BASF-Inmont.

After a near-death experience, Gene Moynihan's Thinking Anew approach gave him a passion for art, a love of inquiry, the desire to see deeply and the patience to take the journey to learn what he was meant to be. He helps relate Gene’s successes so others can learn how to challenge their perceptions, touch their emotions and better understand the human condition. Dick lives in Fullerton, California.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary digital copy of the mentioned book from the Author in exchange of my review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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