May 27, 2017

Hey guys, welcome to day nine. It is 60 sunrises to success with Michael Huggins here and my trusty business partner Chris White. Today, the lesson that I want to remind you about is using a journal. Now, why do we want to use a journal?

Well, I learned a couple of things. Number one is your brain is not for remembering. Your brain is for processing. If you try to remember everything, you are going to mess up. You are going to miss appointments, ideas, and miss opportunities. Using a journal is for remembering. The brain is for processing.

Remember, do not fool yourself. Number two is to capture your million-dollar ideas or the intellectual property that you have come up with and being able to pass that on.

Then number three is to avoid repeating mistakes of the past. When you write down the things that you have learned, you avoid the mistakes of the past.

I also asked Chris to be here today because he is always using his journal. I have seen him in the morning, the afternoon, and at night when he has his journal. I will go to dinners and, he is journaling. He is writing down ideas and, he is constantly creating.

So while we have got everyone here, what are some other ideas or tips you can give about journaling? Because some people make up excuses. It is not easy and can be inconvenient. What do you do? How did you become successful with it?

Yeah, that is a great question. I actually used to be the guy that said, I hate journaling. It takes too much time. You know, I do not like writing in a notebook. I like doing stuff on the computer. The answer for me about why I should do journaling is I started studying the top 1%. You know, the people who breathe the rare air of the top 1%.

I learned that journaling is one of the disciplines that the top 1% exercise daily in business. So if you want to know, why should you journal? I mean, just for that reason is really the only reason you need to know.

Let me give you three practical reasons to help you get a deeper understanding of journaling that I understand. The first one is journaling is a force multiplier. When you think about it when you are journaling, what are you doing? You are writing down your ideas. You are putting your dreams and your aspirations onto paper.

When you are doing that, what is happening is you are creating a blueprint of sorts for the extraordinary life that you want to live. As messy as it may be, as unorganized as it may seem, you are creating an extraordinary blueprint for your life.

So I want to ask you to imagine that you are an architect and you are building a skyscraper. You are building the skyscraper for your life. Just ask yourself how awkward or how weird or how inappropriate it would be if you were to sit down with an architect.

Then you would say, “hey let me see the blueprints for that skyscraper.” He would say, “well I don’t use blueprints.” You would probably laugh, right? It would be silly. Well, this is what the top 1% think when they talk to people who say they want to be extraordinary, but they are not journaling.

What is journaling going to do as far as being a force multiplier in your business? If you want to get scientific about it. It is going to activate the reticular activating system in your mind. The reticular activating system is one of the most powerful things you have in your brain to help you achieve your goals. If you are not journaling, what you are doing is you are really self-sabotaging.

What makes journaling powerful is journaling helps you with retention, comprehension, and just the memory of what you are doing. Now, you may ask yourself, what is the big deal with that? Well, the big deal is we all know that money is just an idea. The more ideas that you can create to put into the marketplace adds more value to your hours.

Pen to paper is getting that reticular activating system going. It is going to help boost comprehension, which is where those ideas are going to come.

The third important thing I will tell you is that journaling helps you develop self-discipline. One of the most powerful skills that the top 1% have is self-discipline. Most people are simply not succeeding because they just do not have self-discipline.

How do you develop self-discipline? Well, one of the best ways you can do it is to journal. Just make a commitment to go get a journal. To start journaling and not be a perfectionist about it, just use it as your playbook for life, as I like to call it.

I can guarantee you if you start journaling for the next 90 days and your entire life will change. If you are an entrepreneur, like Michael is here, and you want to join the Millionaire club, you have to start journaling. I mean, it is as simple as that.

Journaling is a daily thing that the top 1% do. No excuses go after it. Take back your existence or die like a punk.

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