On a mastermind call last week, I was reminded that a success journal would be a very good habit for me to incorporate into my daily disciplines. I was sharing how I wasn’t accomplishing the things I had as goals in the timeframes I set out for myself. Like so many of us, I was ignoring what I was accomplishing and only focusing on what I wasn’t.
A success journal is not a new concept to me. There is a saying “It isn’t what you know, it is what you do with what you know.” I wasn’t writing a success journal so that at the end of each day I could take a few minutes to write down what I had accomplished, where I had successes. What business tasks had I completed? What kindness did I extend? Did I hold my tongue when the urge was great not to? Did I speak up in courage with calmness when I knew I was being called to do so? Did I put money away in savings or ignore an impulse buy that wasn’t in the budget?
How is writing a success journal helpful to you?
The more positive energy we feel and we generate, the more we shift our focus to progress instead of to failure, the more successful we will be day to day. When we know from having the proof that we are giving and receiving good in some way, every day, we approach life from a place of seeing ourselves as successful, which breeds more success.
Here’s how to do this. It is very simple and requires only a few minutes of time at the end of each day. Grab a notebook of any sort, you probably have one around your house. Take five minutes before you go to bed to reflect upon your day, and write down the successes you had that day. If helpful, keep the nine environments in mind so that you can mentally cycle through those in relation to your day. Remember, write only successes. Only good things. No notes about uncompleted tasks or stumbles in attempts. This notebook is only success.
When challenging times come, and they do, your journal of success can buoy you by reminding you that you are making progress in the world, that you do contribute day by day.
Will you add it to your daily disciplines? Will you treat yourself with the kindness that you so often share with others? It’s likened to filling your own gas tank or putting on your oxygen mask first so that you can help others.