Did you ever get in trouble with your teacher for slipping a note to a classmate while instruction was taking place? I did. Although, I didn’t initiate the passing of the note. Most times, I was just passing it back because it was given to me. Perhaps I would have done better to have just held on to it. This idea of holding on to my notes because someone else is talking is nearly what kept this blog as a mere conversation in my head.
I let the email notification from Michael Hyatt, entitled “10 Reasons Every Leader Needs A Blog”, sit in my inbox for a number of days. My thinking was that there are enough blogs out there that the internet could do without one more person getting in on the action. Then as I was listening to Michael, I was convicted. I jotted down each of his reasons as I listened to the podcast and somewhere between Reasons #6 and #10, I changed my mind.
The purpose of sharing my journey to this blog is not to promote Michael Hyatt (although he is an influencer in my life). He is not paying me anything to share his content. My story demonstrates what I believe are clear reasons our notes carry a great deal of potential for greater works.
REASON #1 Relevance
Let’s face it, there is a lot of noise in our lives today. I believe now more than ever, we have to be able to discern what is significant for use and the rest we dispose of from our thinking. In order to continue to live on purpose, I have had to learn that I cannot just be a data dump for every message that comes through my inbox, mobile device or my television screen. There is a reason clutter has its name.
Michael Hyatt’s podcast didn’t appeal to me right away. I was decluttering my inbox when I stopped to consider the podcast email. In the email, Michael shared a couple highlights why the subscriber (me) should check out his podcast. I connected with one or two of those items and proceeded to the podcast. Because I determined that there was something in this information for me, I knew I needed to take notes. Simply put, we jot things down when it is of value. If it is of value to you it just may be of value to someone else when you share. Relevant words are compelling.
REASON #2 Perspective
I read the podcast email and connected with a statement that applied to me and I opened my mind to the possibility that Michael Hyatt had something I needed to hear about leadership blogging in his podcast. He didn’t have me at hello but I listened long enough to hear the information he eluded to in his email highlights. As I listened and recorded in writing his insights, my thoughts on whether or not I should start a blog changed.
The thoughts and significance held by someone else on a subject may well influence your thoughts and the level of importance you attribute to that same subject if you are open to that possibility. Passing on your notes from a meeting or class is not just sharing what was discussed. You share your eyes on the topic when you share notes and may very well influence change in the recipient’s views. How powerful is that? Perspective shifts can ignite deliverance, healing and creativity just from the sharing of notes.
REASON #3 Recollection and Reference
How many times have you wished that you had written something down because you needed it later? This happens to me so much I could scream. There is a saying, “if you’re not going to do it for you then do it for me.” I believe that is the best advice when it comes to note-taking and then sharing your notes. Many times we neglect to take notes in the first place because we are just thinking of ourselves. But if you go back to the first reason I stated that you should share notes, your notes could be of value to someone else. Sharing helps you to be able to refer back to what you determined was significant and you are more likely to recall the information later if you pass on those thoughts and meaningful nuggets.
REASON #4 Repository Development
Michael Hyatt talks about creating a repository for your best thinking in his podcast, 10 Reasons Every Leader Needs A Blog. I also support that as a reason for sharing your notes. As I stated earlier, your notes represent your eyes on the subject matter. In addition, you’re also sharing what was going on between your ears in that beautiful brain of yours. I have experienced times when I am taking notes and hurriedly writing because the thoughts entering my head are coming so fast my pen cannot keep up. I call those Heavenly Downloads (but we will discuss that in a later post). Personally, I think when you receive data that is divinely downloaded to you, you don’t want that information just sitting unemployed. When those insights are given, they are purposed before you even begin to write them down. So you have to do something with those notes because they are not just for you in the first place. Because I value these Heavenly Downloads, I want them in significant supply so I want to show the importance I place on their value to me by sharing these in multiple means. A blog post is just a start. Imagine all the notes you’ve taken over the years that were divinely downloaded. There was another repository in mind besides your notebook when they were given to you.
By now you’re probably wondering if this blog is just about note-taking. I am not a note-taking enthusiast. I am not inviting you in this community to tell you that you should be taking notes all the time. Notes and Conversation is birthed out to empower us to honor and employ our intrinsic gift of creation with words to meet needs, lead others and cultivate supporting relationships. I just believe God is speaking in little notes to you and if you just connect the notes, you have the direction and clarity you have been seeking. But you can’t connect the notes if you are not showing that you value them. And to show you value them is to employ your pen and paper and scribble to your heart’s content (meaning: pleased and satisfied). Your notes are your heart’s content (meaning: divinely inspired substance in a particular field of study). Write it down. Let it Out.