Your personal development tool kit is an essential part of your non-fiction authorship journey. The tools you carry with you help you to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, actions, and communications. They empower you to identify the lessons from the past, obstacles in the present, and goals for the future. In addition, you can use the tools to assess your valuable talents and attributes. Most importantly, use the tools to inspire you to take action to pursue your authorship dreams, and find your unique and valuable hidden writing gems.
Two Essential Tools for Your Personal Development Tool Kit
After years of exploring, we have narrowed down the list of what you need to carry in your tool kit to just two essential tools. By starting with the very basics, you will discover how to make the most of short spaces of time. In other words, when you have a spare few minutes, you can reach into your kit for the two most important tools.
Tool 1. An Empty Notebook
“Be a buyer of empty books. I paid $26 for this one. Kids say “$26 for an empty book? Why would you do that?” Well, the reason I paid $26 was to press me. To see if I can’t find something worth $26 to put in here.”
—Jim Rohn, Author, Entreprenuer, Motivational Speaker. Quote from The Art of Exceptional Living.
I have been a buyer of empty books long before I was introduced to Jim Rohn in 2005. Over the years, he has been one of the biggest influences on my own personal development, authorship and entrepreneurship journey. Unfortunately I never got to meet him in person. Our relationship was through his books, audios, videos, courses and other channels. As a result, I am carrying on his legacy through the work I do.
Certainly, like me, the late Jim Rohn saw the unlimited value of an empty notebook. That is to say, we both believe that the potential value of an empty page is what is lying deep within you. Moreover, both Jim Rohn and I keep our journals private. However, as he said in “The Art of Exceptional Living” audio cd, if someone was to come across our journals, and read them, they wouldn’t have to look to far to find something of value within our words.
Consequently, if you want set out on an authorship journey, commit to being a buyer of empty notebooks. However, you don’t have to spend $26 on your notebooks. For example, I use an A5 wire spiral bound sketch notebook, which costs me only a few dollars. Note: for US based readers, A5 is close to 8.5×5.5 inches sizing.
Most of all, I prefer notebooks with unruled pages. Because this gives you the freedom to throw away all of the rules about writing you were taught. In addition, you can unleash your inner creator to be as creative as they desire! I’ve designed some A5 writing practice journals which you can purchase here.
Keep Your Notebook Private
Above all, lock your notebook away. Most importantly, do not show what you write in them to others. Because this is where you write down your innermost thoughts, ideas, and more. Therefore, the content in your notebook needs to be protected. For example, I refer to my notebook as my very own metaphorical writing diamond mine. Consequently, I need to keep my rough writing diamonds as secure and protected as I would natural ones.
In addition, I carry my current journal in my handbag. Because I have it with me all the time, I can record notes during meetings, when I have a moment of inspiration, or experience down-time when waiting for an appointment.
Tool 2. A Favorite Pen
Next, the second essential tool to go in your personal development tool kit is a favorite pen. Because your pen is the pipeline that channels and ejects the rocks and gems onto the empty page. To clarify, your words flow from your subconscious and unconscious mind, down your arm, into the pen and ejects via the ink onto the blank paper in your notebook. Therefore, you need to choose a pen that fits comfortably in your hand. In addition, the ink should flow smoothly, so that it keeps pace with your words.
For example, I have a couple of favorite pens. The first is a Sheaffer® ball point pen I purchased over 30 years ago from Myers, Melbourne, Australia. I still remember that overseas trip with my mother. She wanted to go to the department store to shop for a dress to wear to my sister’s wedding. I wandered off to the stationery department, and fell in love with the quality and range of items we didn’t see in New Zealand. So I ended up spoiling myself with a luxury purchase for a nineteen year old. At the time it was only $40, but my stainless steel and gold pen has proven its worth over and over. And because of the reasonable cost, I don’t mind carrying it with me in my handbag.
Gold Medal Pen Channels Valuable Rough Gems
On the other hand, I tend to keep my other favorite pen securely at home. Because the price tag is few hundred dollars! However, I won my Montblanc Meisterstück Ballpoint Pen as a gold medal prize. Olympic Swiss Watches ran a window display competition during the Beijing Olympics when I worked in the jewelry industry. As a result, it’s the perfect instrument for channeling my writing rocks and gems!
I also have a supply of cheap Paper Mate® pens, which I tend to keep spare in my handbag, or scattered around the places I work. The reason for these is I don’t mind if other people borrow them. But my two premium pens are for my use only!
Buy a Premium Pen to Challenge Yourself
Consequently, investing in a premium pen is an investment in yourself. It sends a message to your inner creator that you’re worth the money. Schedule time to go shopping for a luxury pen. Shortlist those at the top of your price range. Then give them a test drive.
Firstly, notice how they fit in your hand. Do you find the circumference of the barrel comfortable to hold and write with? Next, take time to write a few sentences with them. Don’t just make short lines on the page. Specifically, assess how the ink flows. The Goldilocks measure is nice and smooth. If it’s too fast it will be blotchy (I don’t like roller balls or fountain pens for this reason). On the other hand, some pens have scratchy nibs which catch on the page and slow your writing down. Lastly, choose a pen made from durable components, like resin or metal.
Invest in Your Personal Development Tool Kit
In conclusion, these two essential items in your personal development tool kit are an investment in yourself. When you buy an empty notebook and a premium pen, you invest in your authorship journey. You tell your subconscious and unconscious minds that you believe that you have valuable treasure hidden within you. In return, they will prompt your inner creator to eject valuable gems through your pen and onto the empty page of your notebook.
Now that you have these essential items on your shopping list, I invite you to explore our blog further. We share tips on journal writing, and provide other resources to help you eject untold value onto the empty page of your notebook.