It is a long held tradition for people to keep a journal or diary of their thoughts, the events of their lives, and their feelings. Many powerful and successful people have done so. There are also a number of different reasons for keeping a journal; some do so to record their lives and its events, some to vent their emotions, and others to capture their ideas and fuel their creativity.
“Swiftly, swiftly, record your thoughts before they are forever lost in time.”
A Treasury of Thoughts
The benefits of journaling are well covered so if you don’t already keep a journal the only question that remains to be asked is what kind you should write. For as many reasons to keep a journal there are equally as many styles of journals you can keep. If your desire is to focus on achieving your goals or expanding your knowledge I recommend creating something positive, useful, and inspirational for your life goals. Keep the journal that focuses on what you read, what you think, pieces of information or quotes that inspire you. Include plans and people to follow. Keep a journal that becomes a collection of everything you want to achieve, the tools to get you there, and the inspiration you need for the journey. Create something that motivates and re-inspires you as you read back over it. Create an inspiration journal.
“We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most, believe most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly.”
Keep a journal filled with writing and notes focused on the life goals you are working toward which will inspire and fast track your success.
- Fill the pages of your journal with the books you read and what you thought about them.
- Include reading lists of the books you hope to read.
- Note pieces of information you find helpful.
- Jot down your ideas and your inspirations.
- Share the quotes you love and the films that struck you.
- List your favourite writers, bloggers, photographers, or other people you admire.
- Write down your goals and dreams.
- Create plans and draw.
- Keep a list of websites, magazines, and articles you liked.
- Brainstorm and create mind maps, jot down keywords, create tag clouds.
Everything you are curious about, everything that inspires and helps you, every idea you have, write it all in one notebook. Whatever project you are working on or goal you are trying to reach, whatever you are trying to learn more about or skill set you are seeking to acquire will greatly benefit from a journal that brings together everything you encounter along the way. You may be surprised how something seemingly unrelated can bring new meaning or perspective to something else you were thinking about.
Read back over it and you will see that you have created a valuable source of focused inspiration and information. It will help you get where you want to go in life and when you look back over it you’ll see how far you’ve come.
I like to think of it as the kind of journal left behind by brilliant people like Leonardo da Vinci or John Steinbeck. I like the idea of putting time into something that is constructive and focused on creating the journey rather than simply recounting the journey. For me, keeping this kind of journal has shifted my focus away from what was toward what I will do which I believe is a better recipe for success.