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Write It Down Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It [Hardcover]

Henriette Anne Klauser
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Jan. 4 2000

Too often, people drift through life with a vague sense of uneasiness, living in the antechamber, longing to find some adventure or purpose in life, envious of those whose lives seem exciting. In Write It Down, Make It Happen, Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D., shows you how to write your own lifescript. Simply writing down your goals in life is the first step toward achieving them.

The "writing it down" part is not about time management; it's not a "to-do today" list that will make you feel guilty if you don't get every single thing done. Rather, writing it down is about clearing your head, identifying what you want, and setting your intent. You can "make it happen" purely by believing in the possibility.

There is no "right way" to write a goal down -- a single line jotted on a scrap of paper is as valuable as a full-blown description of the goal that goes on for several pages. Once you state your goals in writing, the rest of the world can cooperate with your ambition -- from grand career goals and major moves to having a better relationship with a teenage son, or simply waking up in the morning happy.

In Write It Down, Make It Happen, you will read stories from ordinary people who witnessed miracles large and small unfold in their lives after they performed the basic act of putting their goals on paper. Dr. Klauser also includes practical exercises and tips on how you can use writing to understand what you want and become a proactive force in your own destiny.

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Time and time again we are told that we live in a society that is drifting and lacking in direction. But the growth in mind, body and spirit media shows that 21st-century man/woman desires mental, spiritual and physical harmony. Henriette Anne Klauser's Write It Down, Make It Happen shows you how to "write your own lifescript"; it is a "taking control of your life" kind of book. It doesn't guarantee that by writing down your goals you will necessarily attain them, but it does show you how to put your house in order.

Using case studies and writing exercises, Dr Klauser illustrates how people's lives can change just by being able to identify what they want, and where they want to be in the future. In one of her early examples she cites Jim "The Grinch" Carrey, who as an impoverished actor wrote a cheque to himself for 10 million dollars and carried it around with him for years. Now an A-list Hollywood movie star, Carrey commands circa 20 million dollars per film: his dream has come true.

Not all of Klauser's case studies are in the fairy-tale realm. She also cites day-to-day stories--men and women whose lives improved after they started to write down/identify what their goals were--to move house, change career or go travelling. This is the crux of Dr Klauser's book; it is about working out what you want and structuring your life to make those goals attainable or as close to attainable as possible.

Write It Down, Make It Happen is a very American book, and if you can work past some of the Oprah-type case studies, Klauser's message is clear: be proactive--take control of your life, and dreams can come true. --Aruna Vasudevan

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Here, Klauser (Writing on Both Sides of the Brain; Put Your Heart on Paper) instructs her readers to write down their most extravagant wishes and, merely by the act of recording them, make them come true. She claims that the writings themselves are so powerful that they will influence external circumstances. Eventually, however, she reveals that this wish-writing is neither magical nor miraculous. It requires practitioners not only to write their wishes but also to participate actively in achieving them. Her technique is intended to clarify goals, increase self-confidence, and dispel self-doubt, and she describes how it has dramatically improved her life and the lives of her friends and acquaintances. Her faith in the power of writing is evident in her work; readers who share her faith may benefit from her prescribed course of wish fulfillment. Recommended for all public libraries.
-Yan Toma & Jessica Wolff, Queens Borough P.L., Flushing, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for yourself or someone else March 31 2001
The author also wrote Put Your Heart On Paper and Writing On Both Sides of The Brain. Saw the book and picked it up because in looking thru it I saw straight forward, easy to read suggestions that I could actually use.
There are 20 Chapters which cover everything from Knowing what you want and setting goals, Gathering ideas and suggestions, Being prepared to recieve what you seek, Getting unstuck, Changing ones environment, what Resistence means, Letting go and creating balance, Giving thanks and Handling a breakdown, on to Raising the bar and really going for the gold in our goals and dreams.
She challenges the reader to think BIG. On page 26 she lists questions we need to ask ourselves i.e. Can I have more than on goal? On page 33 she reminds the reader that writing down our dreams is like a message we send to our brain that we are ready or as she says "Open for business."
On page 53 she suggests a Tidbit Journal where we simply jot down ideas and thoughts that come to mind as we go about our daily life. This is really helpful as is her overall suggestions about journals or diaries, since we can often read what we wrote a week, month even a year ago and some gem of wisdom will jump out at us or we will simply be reminded that we are making progress and succeeding.
She is also wise because she drives home the point that we have to make the effort and NOT give up. This was really important to me because I had begun to get really depressed and wanted to give up, until reading her words about not allowing the negative to defeat me.
Using my computer I also took her suggestion but changed it a bit, and made a File where everyday I try to write a letter to God or My Soul and state what I seek need want and desire. It is like a private conversation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I couldn't put this book down. From cover to cover in two sessions-- I read, did the written exercises, and visualized the outcome. Yes, Henriette's method works without question and I love the way she writes. She's amazing. The author takes what other famous writers like Napoleon Hill, Claude M. Bristol, and Barbara Sher have written and brings it to the next level with illustrations from real people who have experienced wonderful outcomes from goals and intentions they have written. She knows her stuff and delivers in a clear, concise format. I can't wait to read her latest book, With Pen In Hand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is great Feb. 28 2003
Very accessible guide for writing down your wishes and making them come true. I read this book, a little put off by how accessible it was, but the more I read the better it got. Written with many examples and great exercises that helped me visualize what I wanted from my career, and it worked! I landed a job as a writer for a nonprofit a couple of weeks after reading it. It's really amazing -- thank you to the writer for putting out such a great, powerful book! This book really did change my life, and my way of thinking about my goals. I highly recommend it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really works! March 1 2003
This book is fantastic, the techniques really work and are fun to implement. Highly recommend this title if you want to experience *magic* at work in your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writing Down Your Ideas: An Uncommon, Useful Skill April 30 2003
The basic idea of this book is simple: if you engage in a process of writing down your ideas and goals, you will be taking a big step forward to realizing your desired future. It works because you pay closer attention to and think in greater detail about the particular subject that you write about. This makes you more aware of opportunities in the world around you and options you had not previously considered.
Most of the book describes various processes and techniques people have used in different circumstances. For example, I personally write down new concepts, ideas, and terms that I think of or hear about in order to research them later on the internet (After reading this book, I added the term 'reticular activating system' to my list, and will consider including the date with my entry).
This is a great book for your coffee table, bookshelf, or anywhere people will come across it- as it will uncover interesting stories and generate insightful discussions. It is also ideal for gift giving, especially for someone who is actively in the pursuit of a challenging goal (career change, searching for a soul mate, exploring a new interest or hobby). Overall, the process of writing down your ideas will help you become a more interesting, effective, and fulfilled person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for your library June 17 2001
This is a very well written book, with many thoughts/exercises that prove much thought and action on your part to move you forward on your goals.
Here is one specific exert that I found was incredible. "Writing about the outcome helps you to stay focused, even when you're not focused - or think you're not. The written word keeps the image steady, unwavering, like a lighthouse beam, steady on. It keeps the goal, the intended consequence in mind.
When you focus on the outcome, write in the present tense, as though you were describing something that is already happening. It call it "writing as reality". Be sure to date your description, because when you read it back later, you will have an eerie sense that you wrote it after it took place rather than before.
Now dig deeper. Not just the outcome, but the outcome of the outcome. Don't just write about what you want, but include why you want it. Why does it make a difference whether you have this or not? And then keep going deeper - why do you want that? And then deeper still, the outcome of that second outcome and so forth, until you hit the core of it."
Very good book for going deep within yourself for the answers that you already have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference manual to have and keep
It help me and still, to achieve my goals and have a better life. I still use it today...
Published 19 months ago by One Word
4.0 out of 5 stars Got me going
I had been putting off writing things down for a while and once I started reading this book, I actually started writing. Perhaps book can be made shorter. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2009 by K. Pandya
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I must say that this book was, at times, an engaging read. But it was also all over the map, and frequently contradictory. Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by Ahh!
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!
I found "Write It Down, Make It Happen. Knowing What You Want and Getting It" by Henriette Ann Klauser, uplifitng and inspirational. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Writer It Down Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Get
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Published on Oct. 6 2003 by Debra
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing information
i was at a crossroads in my life and i had to make a lot of decisions. my mother's friend recommended that i read this book, she said that it would give me some direction. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003 by evelyn caro
5.0 out of 5 stars For Real ! It works!
I read it. I do this now for everything, big or small, and it really does work!
Published on April 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend!
This book has really insightful exercises for visualizing what you want in life. I read through the book and did the exercises and have seen powerful results -- I got hired as a... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2003 by Ingrid Hastings
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings
This book covers several topics I am interested in: writing, goal setting, goal actualization, self-help and journaling. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2002
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