Develop A Journal and Tell Your Story


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There is only one me on this planet. . . that is an awesome responsibility!

Record your aspirations and accomplishments. If your life is worth living, it’s worth recording. -Marilyn Grey

Keeping a journal, a type of personal record of both your business and personal life can make all the difference. Look at it as a record of your life, so to speak. Writing things down really works. It helps you to think more about what you’re doing. It also helps you to have more focus and drive. OK, I know what you’re saying. What if somebody finds it? What if somebody learns all about my life? What if. . . what if…what if…. How about this one? What if it works? What if I keep it in a safe place so nobody ever sees it? What if I keep it on a computer disk? Where there’s a will, there’s always a way.

OK…now let’s learn how to “professionally" set up and use a journal or, here is another suggestion…JUST WRITE DOWN YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AND WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU THAT DAY! THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG.

Keep it simple and fun. Keep it up to date. You will love to go back and see what happened in your life and how you reacted to it at that time. Here is a personal checklist that can help get the juices flowing from your mind and heart to your pen!

  • What is really important to me in my life?

  • What specifically would be my ideal life?

  • What is a major accomplishment I created that I didn’t think I could accomplish before I began?

  • What SPECIFICALLY did I do to accomplish it? (When you remind yourself of all the many things you have done well, you will feel more confident about taking on any new tasks. )

  • List 100 goals or things you would like to do in your lifetime.

  • How can I help others, knowing when I help other people get what they want, then I will get what I want.

  • How can I think POSITIVE THOUGHTS more frequently, knowing that the power of a focused mind will direct me to more effective actions and therefore, better results?

  • What am I most grateful for?

  • When I leave this earth, what do I want to be remembered for?

  • What inspires me and what would I really do if money were not a concern? BE SPECIFIC!
  • Answer these questions AT LEAST once a year and then review to see if anything has changed over the years. Use this information to create an action plan for changes to your journal. Keep in mind that you can put as much or as little of your personal life in the journal as you wish. The key is to do the work. Do the writing. Keep the journal accurate and up to date.

    Joe Kahler is recognized as an expert on helping young adults successfully transition from home to being “out on their own". His latest work has recently been assembled in his book, Out On My Own. . . Now What? Tips and Insights So You Won’t Be Left Hanging in the “Real World"!

    Joe received his undergraduate degree from Whittier College in Social Sciences and his Masters in Education from Arizona State University. His experience includes teaching, coaching, running numerous businesses, investing, selling insurance and real estate AND attending numerous personal, “hard knocks" training classes!


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