Book Review: 'Write it Down, Make it Happen'

According to the author of Write It Down, Make It Happen, “When you care enough to write down your goals, stand back. Wonderful things are about to happen.” Published in 2000, Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D. is a leading expert on communications and writing productivity. While she has written several books intended for writers, Write It Down, Make It Happen is an excellent resource for people struggling to achieve their goals, whatever those goals might be.

The science behind 'writing it down'

Klauser’s theory is supported by a number of other sources. Contributor to The Wall Street Journal and regular guest on Fox Business, Veronica Dagher believes, “When you write down a goal, you’re more likely to achieve it.” The American Psychological Association also believes in the value of writing down your goals to help achieve major lifestyle changes.

A quick read at 256 pages, Write It Down, Make It Happen is an extremely insightful self-help book. For example, in chapter 20 of Write It Down, Make It Happen, Klauser explains, “The right side of the brain traditionally governs the feeling, non-verbal part of you, while the left hemisphere handles rational thought and logic. When your goal is not working, determine which side you are operating from, and make a conscious shift to the other.” For someone struggling to achieve any goal, understanding the psychology behind how you are experiencing a situation helps you refocus your efforts, rather than becoming mired down in self-pity.

Meaningful mantras

Additionally, Write It Down, Make It Happen is filled with meaningful, assistive mantras people working towards their goals can keep in mind. “There is no failure; only a delay in results,” is an excellent example of a simple idea Klauser shares that can go along way for someone doing everything in their power to accomplish their goals. Another great piece of advice readers can take away from Write It Down, Make It Happen is, “When some step you take toward a goal does not have the expected result, rather than lose heart, make it your mantra: ‘Some will, Some won't, So what? Next!’”

Klauser also shares stories of celebrities who achieved their goals simply by writing them down. “Jim Carrey walked up to the Hollywood Hills and wrote a check to himself for ten million dollars. On the memo line, he wrote, ‘For Services Rendered.’ For years, the comedian carried the check around with him, long before he was ever paid that kind of money for a movie. Now he is one of the highest-paid entertainers in the industry, getting twenty million dollars for a film.” This example really demonstrates Klauser’s assertion that writing down your goals helps you accomplish them.

If you decided it’s time to turn your dreams into goals and take charge of your life, Henriette Anne Klasuer’s Write It Down, Make It Happen is a must-read for you. Everything you need to achieve any goal begins with simply putting pen to paper. So write that down!

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