Journaling

May 27, 2017

Hey guys, welcome to day nine. This is 60 sunrises to success. Michael Huggins here with my trusty business partner Chris white. And today’s major key lesson that I want to remind you about is using a journal. Now, why do we want to use a journal? 

Well, a couple of things that I learned is one, your brain isn’t for remembering, the brain is for processing. So if you try to remember everything, you’re gonna mess up, you’re gonna miss appointments, you’re going to miss ideas, you’re going to miss opportunities. Using a journal is for remembering, your brain is for processing. Don’t fool yourself. Remember that. Number two is to capture your million dollar ideas or the intellectual property that you’ve come up with and being able to pass that on. Then number three is to avoid repeating mistakes of the past. When you put it down in your journal, things that you’ve learned, and then you review your journal. you’re going to avoid the mistakes of the past.

I also asked Chris to be here today because he is always using his journal. I’ve seen him in the morning, the afternoon, and at night when he’s got a journal. I’ll go to dinners and he’s journaling. He’s writing down ideas and he’s constantly creating. So while we’ve got everyone here, what are some other ideas or tips you can give about journaling? Because some people make up excuses. It’s hard. It’s inconvenient. What do you do? How did you become successful with it?

Yeah, that’s a great question. I actually used to be the guy that said, “I hate journaling.” It takes too much time. You know, I don’t like writing in a notebook. I like doing stuff on the computer. And so really, 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%. And what I learned is that journaling is one of the disciplines that the top 1% exercise on a daily basis 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 some deeper understanding of journaling that I understand. The first one is journaling is a force multiplier. When you think about it when you’re journaling, what are you doing? You’re writing down your ideas. You’re putting your dreams, your aspirations onto paper. And when you’re doing that, what’s 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’re creating an extraordinary blueprint for your life. So I want to ask you, I want to ask you to imagine that you’re an architect and you’re building a skyscraper. And you’re 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 and you were to say “hey, let me see the blueprints for that skyscraper” and 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’re 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’s going to activate the reticular activating system, in your mind. The reticular activating system, if you were to go study, you would come to find it’s one of the most powerful things you have in your brain to help you achieve your goals. And so if you’re not journaling, what you’re doing is you’re really self-sabotaging. 

The second big thing that I understand makes journaling powerful, is journaling helps you with retention, and comprehension, and just the memory of what you’re doing. Now, you may ask yourself, what’s 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. Michael likes to say, “the faster you’re going to get from where you are to the prosperity that you deserve.” And so journaling, specifically pen to paper is going to get that reticular activating system going, and it’s going to help boost comprehension, which is where those ideas are going to come.

The third thing I’ll tell you that’s important about journaling is journaling helps you develop self-discipline and you know, one of the most powerful skills that the top 1% have is self-discipline. And so most people are simply not succeeding because they just don’t have self-discipline. You don’t have the self-discipline to manage a schedule during the day, you don’t have the self-discipline to go to bed on time at night, so you can get up early enough to win the morning. You don’t have the self-discipline to commit to a self-development plan on a regular basis. And so 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. And I can guarantee you if you start journaling for the next 90 days, I can guarantee you, your entire life will change. And if you’re an entrepreneur, like Michael is here, and you’re and you want to join the Millionaire’s club, that he’s a part of, you got to start journaling. I mean, it’s just as simple as that. 

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