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    Multiple Targets, One Bullet

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    When I was a child, one of my favorite stories involved Davy Crockett (or maybe it was Daniel Boone) coming upon an enraged bear and a deadly cougar in the same instant. There wasn't time to shoot one creature and reload his musket in time to shoot the other. So he fired at a rock between the two, thereby splitting the bullet and dealing with both threats at once.

    As an adult, I find the adage of "killing two birds with one stone" equally appealing. Time is short, and it's valuable, so if something can do double duty, or even more, it is to be praised.

    In that spirit, I'd like to recommend something that can improve your business writing, provide relaxation, improve your thinking, and build a personal legacy. That seemingly magical tool is journal (or "diary") writing.

    Before you say, "I don't have time," or argue that you don't have anything interesting to write, let me emphasize that journaling will enhance your business writing and sharpen your critical thinking. As a professional writer myself, I can guarantee that practice is the single most important aspect of gaining skill. Journaling will absolutely improve your overall writing day by day, week by week, and year by year. It will also perk up your critical thinking, because writing is basically thinking on paper. As you write your journal, you will discover thoughts within yourself, and explore their validity. Those things are as inevitable as they are valuable.

    But remember, writing a journal is also relaxing, a chance to get rid of some daily stress, letting it flow out through your fingers (whether by pencil, pen, or keyboard) and onto the page. Further, it will provide a record of your thoughts for you to review a year from now or later, for your family to treasure in years to come.

    You might even opt to post your journal, or at least some entries, as a blog. Many CEOs do just that, gaining all the benefits of journaling listed above, with the bonus of strengthening their brand. Do a Google search for "CEO blogs" to discover just how many there are and to learn what those CEOs are posting.

    I hope this message has convinced you to try journaling yourself. But if nothing else, it has given me chance to further practice my own writing, explore my own thoughts, relax a bit, leave a record behind, and build UpWrite Press's brand. See how easy that was?

    —Lester Smith

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