If successful people think it is important, then I do too!
Do you keep a journal or a diary? It doesn’t have to be’Dear Diary, today I ate breakfast.’ You can definitely keep a diary that detailed, but if you are like me, you do not have time to write down every moment of your day.
I have kept a journal throughout my life for the past 10 years, but the consistency of my journaling fluctuated greatly.
My sister in law shared with me that she had begun journaling recently. She also mentioned that she heard ‘successful people journal’. Well, that got me thinking. If successful people journal, then I must journal too!
When I researched how and why successful people journal, here is what I found: Here are some reasons and facts to motivate you to begin your journey in journaling.
First and foremost you are not going to be able to remember all of the important events and happenings in your life for years to come. Write it down so that you can look back and reminiscence or even learn from mistakes or successes you had and made.
I agree with Jim Rohn, “A life worth living is a life worth recording”. Your life story and mistakes/triumphs are worth preserving!
Journaling is the best way to enable you to sort through your thoughts to solve a problem, analyze a situation, work through ideas going through your mind,etc…personally that is why I love journaling and journaled so consistently at different times during my life. I would have so many feelings and thoughts and need the Lord to show me how to see the big picture form His perspective and it all seemed to come together and become clear as I wrote in my journal.
Here’s the Webster Dictionary definition of “journal,” “daily record of occurrences, experiences or observation.”
Let’s expand on “Observation:” these might be tidbits you take away from books, God’s Word, your prayer life, friendships, sermons, or anything that impacts you during that day that you want to remember. Often the Lord will bring a truth to mind through scripture or a sermon. I may read a great quote from a book. I try to write it down so that I will remember it and be able to reference it quickly.
Some other subjects to journal might be what you are thankful for, your prayers, goals or progress in a specific area of your life such as a job, your health, or school.
One of the most sophisticated, smartest, sweetest ladies I have ever known journaled. When I would visit I would watch her journal. She would sit in one of her femininely furnished chairs and write by the sunlight coming through the window behind her. I want to emulate her by keeping a journal.
Until journaling becomes a habit, you might write it on your to do list to scratch off everyday. You can start out journaling even just 90 seconds a day and you may be surprised at how quickly you realize that you’ve been journaling for 5 minutes or more. If you find yourself crunched for time or too tired by the end if the day just jot down a few sentences or even sentences to remind you of what to write later! Before you know it will be a habit and hopefully something you look forward to at the end of the day.
I’ll leave you with this thought:
Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.