MIND­SET COR­NER

Oprah does it and so does best­selling au­thor Tim Fer­riss. Nel­son Man­dela did it and Sir Richard Bran­son swears by it, as do many other suc­cess­ful busi­ness lead­ers. Jet Xavier ex­plains how writ­ing down your thoughts ev­ery day can be a pow­er­ful tool to clea

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Jet Xavier

Now be­fore you stop read­ing, switch off and think, ‘How can some­thing like jour­nal­ing im­prove my busi­ness?’, let me show you how.

What jour­nal­ing does is al­le­vi­ate some of the key road­blocks to suc­cess in real es­tate: stress and anx­i­ety, neg­a­tive mind­sets, lack of dis­ci­pline and con­sis­tency.

Jour­nal­ing is a pow­er­ful tool to clear the mind.

Tim Fer­riss says, “I’m just caging my mon­key mind on pa­per so I can get on with my day”.

Jour­nal­ing doesn’t need to solve your prob­lems. It sim­ply needs to get them out of your head, where they’ll oth­er­wise bounce around all day like a bul­let ric­o­chet­ing in­side your skull.

Jour­nal­ing pro­vides an out­let for your thoughts, wor­ries, con­cerns, prob­lems, stresses and anx­i­eties. It gives you the chance to de­clut­ter the mind and start from a fresh per­spec­tive each day. It is a rou­tine that cre­ates fo­cus and clar­ity, mak­ing you much more pro­duc­tive, ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive.

Ju­lia Cameron is the cre­ator of Morn­ing Pages, one of the most pop­u­lar jour­nal­ing books, in­volv­ing three pages of long­hand, stream-of­con­scious­ness writ­ing first thing in the morn­ing. She says jour­nal­ing is like having “spir­i­tual wind­shield wipers; once we get those muddy, mad­den­ing, con­fus­ing thoughts, neb­u­lous wor­ries, jit­ters and pre­oc­cu­pa­tions on the page, we face our day with clearer eyes”.

It also helps your cre­ative think­ing. As Richard Bran­son says, “Some of Vir­gin’s most suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies have been born from ran­dom mo­ments – if we hadn’t opened our note­books, they would never have hap­pened.”

“Keep­ing a per­sonal jour­nal, a daily in-depth anal­y­sis and eval­u­a­tion of your ex­pe­ri­ences, is a high-lever­age ac­tiv­ity that in­creases self-aware­ness and en­hances all the en­dow­ments and the syn­ergy among them.” —Stephen R. Covey

Jour­nal­ing also helps de­velop one of the 21st cen­tury’s most im­por­tant per­for­mance tools: grat­i­tude. For ten years Oprah wrote down things that she was grate­ful for. Things that made her heart sing, things that made her laugh, things that tasted won­der­ful, things that were beau­ti­ful, things she loved. And, well, the rest is his­tory.

Grat­i­tude jour­nal­ing makes you hap­pier, health­ier, boosts your ca­reer, strength­ens your emo­tions, im­proves sleep, in­creases self-es­teem, raises en­ergy lev­els, helps you re­lax, boosts pro­duc­tiv­ity, makes you more op­ti­mistic and im­proves your de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

Also, when you write down pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences, it boosts en­dor­phins; Dr James Pen­nebaker, au­thor of Writ­ing to Heal, has even seen jour­nal­ing im­prove im­mune func­tion.

Val­ues-based jour­nal­ing is very ef­fec­tive as well. A study at Stan­ford got two groups of stu­dents to jour­nal dur­ing their hol­i­days and re­port back at the new school se­mes­ter. Those who had jour­nalled about their val­ues and how they con­nected back to their day re­ported be­ing health­ier, with higher en­ergy and more pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes than the group who just wrote down pos­i­tive things that hap­pened dur­ing the day.

Jour­nal­ing is also great for the brain, as neu­rol­o­gist and teacher Judy Wil­lis ex­plains: “The prac­tice of writ­ing can en­hance the brain’s in­take, pro­cess­ing, re­tain­ing, and re­triev­ing of in­for­ma­tion… it pro­motes the brain’s at­ten­tive fo­cus … boosts long-term mem­ory, il­lu­mi­nates pat­terns, gives the brain time for re­flec­tion and, when well­guided, is a source of con­cep­tual devel­op­ment and stim­u­lus of the brain’s high­est cog­ni­tion.”

So jour­nal­ing is a pow­er­ful tool for change. As you con­nect with a deeper part of who you are on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, it en­ables you to grow and fo­cus on what’s im­por­tant, al­lows you to be cre­ative and helps you deal with stress and prob­lems.

“Keep­ing a jour­nal of what’s go­ing on in your life is a good way to help you dis­till what’s im­por­tant and what’s not.” — Martina Navratilova.

Jour­nal­ing gives you the chance to de­clut­ter the mind and start from a fresh per­spec­tive each day.

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