There are actions and tools that COULD help you if you only knew about them and used them. If you had only known there was a good hammer in the garage, you wouldn’t be using that rock to pound in that nail. Things like this apply to mental tools as well. Your life journal is one such thing. To me, maintaining a journal of life sounded too granny-like, because (come on!) this is the era of information technology. Today, journaling my life has helped me more than anything else. I even created the format of journaling I now share with others! It’s that important. I teach all my clients HOW to journal first before anything else.
Let’s first discuss how I journal my life. I do write motivational quotes in my journal, and I make them relevant to my goals. I don’t write about the food that poisoned my stomach, but I certainly write about the emotional decisions I made that led to losing leads or reducing sales. My journal is my most important tool, my mirror to which I can talk my heart out. In it, I confess my mistakes, celebrate my achievements, and pen down the lessons I learned from my business routine. When others give me advice and suggestions, I write them down in my journal, because I know I will forget them in my hectic routine. Also, I mention the advice and suggestions that ‘worked or failed’ for me.
The biggest entrepreneurial challenge is to remember where we started from. What was my goal? Why I chose ABC strategy? What were the failures and challenges? Journal is your life’s manager, or the box that keeps the pieces of the puzzle together. Just turn a few pages and your journal will reveal everything that is forgotten. It keeps you rooted to the core of your business, and motivated to keep you going.
A journal microscopically analyzes and projects your successes and failures. We have all been there, when we hide our truths from ourselves ignorantly. A journal keeps you connected with yourself, and gives you the power to embrace your weaknesses and transform them into your strengths.
For me, journaling has cleared my thought process and helped me make better decisions. It has cleared my confusions and helped me resolve disagreements, especially when I knew that I was wrong, but played stubbornly. It has helped me become more practical and more optimistic. Improvement in my behavior led to enhanced networking in the industry, helped me build new contacts and improved my brand’s reputation in the market.
Journaling is suitable for your mental health also. It is like a Chinese massage or an Ayurveda treatment that relieves your daily stress. I read James Pennebaker’s research on writing your stress out, which states that journaling strengthens your immune cells, helping combat not only your daily stress, but also reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health. It also decreases the symptoms of common diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
Giving you all these benefits, a journal does not demand more than 10 minutes of your daily routine. When journaling my life, I know that I am preparing a gift that I will give to myself (and others) in future.