Why I Write and Why You Should Start

Writing is the action that supports my commitment of intentional self growth.

In order for change to occur, there needs to be a trigger that goes off inside of you. The will and desire to change has to surface.

My personal discovery was a simple shift in mindset. Being able to see my current situations through a different, more positive, lens and learning how to be fully present in the moment.

A shift in mindset is the foundation to self growth and change. Tweet this

The change in mindset isn’t necessarily the personal change you’re seeking; it’s the foundation to the change.

The shift in mindset gets the wheels in motion for the process of change. Deciding to, and more importantly, wanting to commit and take action on the shift in your thinking is what allows you to change.

Then there is this third tier to the process of change; creating intentional habits that support the shift in mindset and commitment to change.

Writing is an intentional habit for change and self growth

In the past I have always tried writing in a journal; I would start and stop. I would enjoy it, to an extent, it just didn’t have any meaning behind it. I more or less was just gibbering and it served as a task on my to-do list. Probably why it never stuck.

It wasn’t until this flip of a switch moment, and committing to an intentional journey, that I found purpose in my journal writing. I was pouring myself onto paper.

Writing will tell your story

I realized that we all have a story worth sharing (Claire De Boer wrote a great piece on why your story matters. Also, Humans of New York (HONY) does a beautiful job with this via images.).

I realized our story is the core of what defines us. It sheds light into the deepest and darkest corners of who we are, and when reflected and acted upon, paints a picture of who we want to become.

Writing your story exposes you to the good parts as well as the not so desired parts. It provides an outlet to take action on the areas you want to improve.

Writing will set you free

After several weeks of writing in a journal on a consistent basis I knew this was a habit I needed to establish. I knew it was something that needed to become part of my lifestyle; part of who I am.

This is the habit, along with others, that will carry me through this journey of self growth.

When I write I feel free and light; I feel like I can breathe again. When I write I realize that the issues that have been causing me such stress and pain aren’t really that big of issues at all. In fact, I am grateful for those dark corners.

Writing gives me perspective.

Declare yourself a writer

The funny thing about writing, from what I have learned and experienced over the past few months, is starting is sometimes the hardest part, but once you put the pen to paper or fingers to keys it naturally starts to pour.

The other thing is, even though I may not want to sit down and write that day, I’ve come to not like how I feel when I don’t write even more. So I write.

I never really considered myself as a writer, I still don’t really, but I’m starting to lean more that way because of how it makes me feel.

I do mostly journal writing and freestyle writing on a regular basis.

I think once you declare, or label yourself as something, the mentality and focus you have towards that craft changes; as if you’re all of a sudden running on a full tank of confidence. Because that’s who you are and that’s what you do (Jeff Goins says it best here).

I encourage you to write

Allow yourself ten to fifteen minutes each day to reflect on the past 24 hours and simply write how you are feeling. Reflecting is something that I never did, but am so grateful that I do it now.

It will give you an opportunity to slow down and think about you, life, relationships, meaning; all that deep stuff, along with the not so deep stuff. It will allow you to be vulnerable and honest with yourself. The two key ingredients for personal growth.

When I’m unable to just start immediately writing I follow a template and answer a few questions.

It looks like this:

Day, Month, Date, Year
Explain my current setting
What did I do today?
What did I learn today?
How do I feel right now?
What’s one idea I had today?
What were three things I am grateful for today?
What did I read today?

Most times, I start at just one of the above and the pouring begins.

Write. Be intentional. Do it with purpose. Discover more of who you are and who you want to become. Be honest with yourself. Your story is worth sharing. Tweet this

Do you keep a journal or do any freestyle writing?

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Photo credit: ~ethereality~  click here to read the poem written on those pages. Beautiful.

About Eric Ungs

Eric Ungs writes about a journey of intentional self growth, nudging you to let go; to give yourself permission to be vulnerable and honest with yourself so you can give your best self to others. Author of 10 Incredible Ways to Live a Fulfilling and Joyful Life ebook.


  1. cjdeboer

    Thanks for the shout out, Eric. This is a great post that echoes everything I believe about the self-growth that comes with writing. Wonderful post and site and I love all your images!

    1. Of course! Thank you for the moving words. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Writing has helped my tremendously. Really appreciate it Claire.

  2. Gost, Eric! I definitely journal every morning! I totally agree with you the path has to be intentional self growth it’s a commitment. Funny thing is we love to write and we also resist it sometimes!

    Peace, always – Allison

  3. That should have said “great post, Eric” – my keyboard cannot keep up! Sorry 🙂

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