Hi, my name is Nick Brodd and I used to think that journaling was a complete waste of time. But then one day Craig Ballentyne shared a few ideas that would change my opinion on the topic forever.
Gratitude was what sold me on the concept. Probably just like you, I live a very active life. It is so easy to get caught up in a stressful day only thinking about what needs to get done next. But the moment I think about what I am grateful for, I disconnect from any stress and just feel the joy.
So just like Craig suggested, I sit down every day and write down:
- What I am most grateful for right now
- What my biggest opportunities are right now
- What I got done that day
- What I need to do the next day
- Who I appreciated the most that day
Journaling this way keeps me connected to what I find most important. It also helps me process and clarify my thoughts and memories better.
It’s wonderful to spend time each day thinking about what great things I’ve done with my awesome wife and 3 year old twins and what I’ve got going for myself. But it is just as inspiring to go back to these notes once in a while and just read about all the good things happening in my life. It’s almost like reliving the great things that already happened to me.
While these alone are great reasons to start writing in a journal, Sandi Krakowski recently turbocharged my inspiration on the topic. You see, if you’ve listened to this week’s podcast, bestselling author Jay Papasan reminded us that we should look at our book writing and publishing as a business. And since businesses have customers, one of the big tasks an author must do is to proactively build an audience.
So what does all this have to do with journaling? Well, what Sandi taught me was that journaling is a great tool for building a larger customer base. After all, if you want to grow your audience, you need to connect with people. You can’t hide behind a corporate facade. You need to let people get to know you, you need to be personal and let your writing reflect who you are. You must be yourself and align your mind and heart with what you write.
So here is your assignment for this week. Start journaling 10 minutes every day. Jot down your progress, thoughts and feelings. By the end of the week, sit down and read it all. See how you can use it in your writing to influence your readers, maybe by inserting a journal entry in a chapter or a blog post or both.
Question: Do you keep a journal? What do you use it for?
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