Keeping A Journal Can Change Your Life!
"Keeping a journal will absolutely change your life in ways
you've never imagined." - Oprah Winfrey
Why is it so important to keep a journal?
Here are just a few of the benefits a personal journal will
* A journal will remind you of your goals and the actions
you are taking towards them every day. You are writing down
* It allows you to factually track your progress as you head
closer towards your goals. Here is an example. Suppose you
had set a new goal to lose 20 lbs in the next 3 months. Record
your weight in your journal each day, you will now be able
to see trends in your weight loss that you would not have
seen without the journal.
* It provides detailed information such as dietary changes,
calorie reductions, fat reduction, and so on.
* It helps build your self-esteem because you are reaffirming
the positive benefits you are achieving as you get closer
to your goals.
* It helps to paint the picture every day of who you are becoming.
* When you see positive results as they happen, you will become
energized with optimism.
Here are a couple of simple journal tips:
Keep a simple, short log, it's easy, and it usually only takes
1 minute of your time. Each day, make short entries into your
journal, list such things as your attitude, emotions, diet,
weight, responses to situations and conditions in your life.
For example, if having a healthy heart is one of your goals,
you will want to keep track of your cholesterol levels, your
blood pressure, your weight. (Obviously, all of this data
would not be recorded daily, but some entry would be recorded
Try this simple little exercise. Get out a note pad or a sheet
of paper and a pencil. Look at your watch. When the second
hand hits 12, start timing yourself as you write down the
Fri.- Felt great all day. Weight 135 pounds. Walked briskly
for 20 minutes. Had healthy almonds and nuts for snacks.
More than likely, you completed writing down the information
in approximately 1 minute. Yet, in that 1 minute, you created
an important snapshot of important data in your life. You
now have historical data you can refer to as time goes by,
to help you track your progress as you move towards your life
I know how well this works. For the past 6 years, I have kept
a simple, yet informative log of every day of my life. I can
tell you exactly how I felt on Wed., July 25, 2000, or any
day since. I can look back and see how I reacted to issues
in my life and what helped me overcome an illness, injury
or stressful period in my life.
It generally takes me less than two minutes to record the
log for any day. It is a habit that has become a part of my
life; it is now second nature for me. If you have a computer,
I recommend typing just three to four lines of descriptive
text into a word processing program each day.
Dan Robey is the author of the Best-Selling book "The
Power of Positive Habits" now published in 22 countries worldwide.
To learn more and subscribe to a complementary e-course on
Positive Habits go to: www.thepowerofpositivehabits.com
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