8 Steps to Complete Before You Begin Journaling

In order to improve life in any way it’s important to be intentional and set attainable goals. To make these goals come to life, create a daily action plan. This action plan is best maintained in a daily journal. Journals are a big part of many people’s lives and journaling can be done in several ways. Some people use journals as a way to jot down thoughts, ideas or write about things they would like to manifest. I find that journaling is most useful to me when I have: Goals, an Action Plan, and a way to Assess the daily goals that I set for myself. 

I really like the outline of “The 100-Day Goal Journal” by John Lee Dumas. The journal is set up with a place to express gratitude, write a short term goal, a way to achieve the goal, an action plan and a daily assessment.

But how do you establish GOALS? Ask yourself these 4 questions. Answer the questions truthfully.

Life Makeover: 8 Steps

  1. What do you really want?
    1. Clarity leads to power, power leads to action.
    2. Most people are looking for financial freedom. Financial Freedom Now. 

What do you want today based on this stage in your life?

  1. Be as specific as possible in your want (ask)
    1. Ex: higher investment returns
      1. Stocks (buy some)
      2. Increase Net Profits
      3. Lose 15 pounds
      4. Eat Healthier
      5. Join a Mastermind Group
      6. Get a Coach
      7. Pray/Meditate
      8. Give to Charity
      9. Get More politically Active 
  2. Choose 1 life makeover category to work on from these categories:

Money/ Finance 

Business/ Career

Relationships 

Health/Wellness

Personal/Spiritual/Professional Development

Recreation/Play

Personal Environment

Contribution  

  1. Financial; have higher investment returns using stocks TDA- buy more stocks. Buy Apple stocks through Vanguard.
  1. Why do you want this? (Examples of possible reasons below)
    1. To free myself and my family. We can take trips, have experiences that are priceless, and help others.
    2. The pain of going on without seeing your full potential.
    3. When it comes to fruition, it will feel great to help others and ourselves see the world and experience it without boundaries. 
  2. Why not? Why don’t you already have it? (Examples of responses below)
    1. Not actively working on it.
    2. Not focusing on it enough and not taking risks that can help bring these goals to fruition. What you focus on grows.
  3. How am I going to do this?
    1. Be active and buy 2 Apple stocks per month. 
    2. Find a financial advisor to look over my finances and make recommendations to help improve my investments.
  4. First Action:
    1. This is where most plans fall apart. It takes mental strength to make change.
    2. Most people think more than they do.
    3. Success in the physical world means doing more.
    4. THINK LESS, DO MORE
    5. The first step is critical because of the power of momentum.
    6. After the 1st step everything changes.
    7. First step:  Buy 3 shares of Apple stocks.
    8. Call a financial planner.
    9. Make it easy so you can win.
  5. Write a mantra:
    1. “I Tamara Simpson commit to buying 3 shares of Apple stock no matter what, before this time tomorrow.”
  6. Reward, immediate gratification through short term rewards
    1. Positive reinforcements
    2. Reward the behavior you want
    3. Ex: dinner, a massage, a bottle of good wine, a sicilian square slice
    4. Choose a reward that excites you
    5. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a big reward
  7. The Accelerator- USe this to make things move faster!
    1. Accountability. What is accountability + why is it important? Def: to explain what you’ve done. Being responsible for your actions or your results.
    2. Being accountable to others, not self, reaps more rewards.
      1. Other people can motivate, support, consult and advise
      2. They may be where you want to go, can guide you to success
      3. Outside coach can see what you can’t see
      4. When someone else is watching we try harder, we do better
  8. Plan: 16 Weeks of Action
    1. 3 Easy Actions Per Week 
    2. Give Each Area Attention.
    3. **8 weeks of journaling action plans for 3 categories that need attention. 
    4. 8 weeks of prioritizing the categories
    5. Actions:

Money/ Finance 

Business/ Career

Relationships 

Health/Wellness

Personal/Spiritual/Professional Development

Recreation/Play

Personal Environment

Contribution   

  1. 3 x 16 weeks = 48 easy actions in one simple cycle

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