Today we’re going to explore how such a simple practice that we’ve known about since childhood can help us create the life we’ve dreamed about, grow our businesses, and increase our income…all from the safety of our home offices.
“Your journal will stand as a chronicle of your growth, your hopes, your fears, your dreams, your ambitions, your sorrows, your serendipities.”
— Kathleen Adams
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These days as adults we journal with the same expectations: To work out problems and explore our deepest desires.
‘Journaling, however, is about so much more than documenting your daily life.
The benefits certainly outweigh the excuses for not doing it. By journaling every day, you can: relieve stress; improve your mood; become a better leader; learn more about yourself; and boost your creativity.
These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s likely that you may experience a different benefit and that’s wonderful.
Journaling is an extremely private and unique experience which will be different from that of your friends, family, or business associates.
Today we’ll chat about the first topic that most people journal about. We’ll discuss how journaling can help us manifest what we want in life, instead of us settling for something less. We’ll also cover how journaling can help you reach your business goals, even if they seem out of this world.
Part 1: Journaling: The High-Performing Entrepreneurs “Nerdy” Little Secret
Journaling has been a popular for many years. The idea is that diving into your feelings allows you to discover underlying issues and help you to resolve them. Some self-care experts even theorize that writing your deepest thoughts or fears and then burning those pages allows you to give up those fears, so they don’t weigh down on you any longer.
If you kept a diary as a kid, you’re one step ahead of the game. Kids are free to dream big in their diaries as well as track what they did each day as a remembrance. Journaling helps older teens decide which college is best for them or the pros and cons to choosing a trade career.
I remember living by my school planner which kept my schedule and fun little doodles.
But for some reason many adults think it’s frivolous to “dream big” so they just settle instead of pursuing their dreams.
Why is that true?
Why do we settle for less when we’re capable of achieving more?
While we may not call them “diaries” anymore, many entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and high-level executives incorporate journaling into their everyday routine.
Have you ever wondered how some entrepreneurs seem to be constantly “up leveling” and growing their businesses, and the way they show up in the world?
Journaling is their secret.
Most successful entrepreneurs keep a daily journal (or several daily journals) to help them reach their goals and manifest what they want.
The term “manifesting” simply means recognizing the next step you need to take to reach your goal.
When you break down your goals into smaller milestones and you have a firm grasp on what you need to accomplish to meet that goal, then you’ll notice all kinds of opportunities arise.
That’s an example of manifesting.
Which opportunity you choose will determine how quickly you’ll reach your goal. Journaling about your dreams and desires will assist you in recognizing what you’re working toward.
When it comes to manifesting anything in our lives, the more specific we can be, the better. Just as it’s important to be detailed about your ideal client, the same is true about what you want to manifest in your life.
For instance, when you write out the demographics of your ideal client, you’re more likely to take notice of people who fit those demographics when you attend conferences or networking events.
All because you took the time to write down those specifics.
We often hear about journaling as a part of “self-care” where you write down your feelings.
While it’s certainly helpful in that respect, many entrepreneurs use daily journaling and specific prompts to manifest and improve almost every area of their lives – from lifestyle to money to business as a whole and even to create their next level selves.
If you want to experiment with adding journaling into your life, start off slow and choose just one area of your life that you’d like to improve. Since we’re talking about business today, I encourage you to choose a business goal but just know you can expand journaling into your personal life where you can focus on relationships, spirituality, health and fitness, etc.
Don’t worry…journaling doesn’t need more than 5-10 minutes a day for it to work and become a habit.
Spend those few minutes with your morning coffee and you’ll surprise yourself at how focused you are the rest of the day. Of course, journaling is easy enough to work into any time of day; daydream at lunchtime or reflect on the good parts of your day in the evening.
Another plus is you don’t have to worry about proper grammar or spelling in your journal. I do recommend that you try to write legibly for when you go back to review your notes about your next big program.
If you can’t read your writing, chances are nobody else can either and your idea might be lost forever. But everything else is casual. This journal is for your eyes only and it’s more important to get the words out of your head and onto paper than for it to look grammatically perfect.
If you haven’t caught on yet, I am talking about old-school journaling, as in using a paper journal with a pen.
I know there are journaling apps and you could probably get your thoughts down pretty quickly on your laptop, but experts agree that handwriting in a journal is a better choice. With so many people dependent upon their technology, so few people actually write any more, so picking up that pen is different and allows you to focus differently on what you’re writing on the paper.
Many experts also believe that handwriting – especially in the morning – serves as a warm-up exercise for your brain. Instead of depending on that coffee to wake you up, couple that with your journaling for extra inspiration and focus.
Experts also agree that a bonus side effect of daily journaling is that you’re strengthening your writing muscles and becoming a better writer without much “effort”.
This is terrific news for online business owners/coaches whose livelihoods depend on producing a constant stream of content for their audience. Even those who do not feel like writing is their strong suit notice that developing new programs or writing a blog post becomes easier because they become used to writing in their journal.
Also keep in mind that you don’t need to spend a bunch of money on a fancy journal, unless you want to. A simple notebook is a great way to start off. You can even find some journals that have daily space for your work thoughts as well as your health stats and personal items.
Journal designs are abundant but find the one that you are most likely to use. No matter how fancy the tool, if you don’t like it or won’t use it consistently, it’s really a waste.
So, start small and upgrade later.
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