There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Are you using them wisely?
A lot of people ask me what sort of habits I instill to stay motivated, remain on track, and keep focused toward achieving my goals. I truly believe that I am a naturally self-motivated person, as I mentioned in this video, however last year I was lucky enough to meet a lovely man by the name of UJ Ramdas who introduced me to The Five Minute Journal, and this made my habits even better.
Along with his friend Alex Ikonn, they created a book based built on the proven powers of positive psychology.
Now, the book itself is fairly simple. Their minimalist approach makes it a journal for even those who don’t normally like to write in journals.
As a woman on the go, I don’t have much time to dedicate to writing, which is why their 5 minute strategy is so appealing to me. I use the Five Minute Journal that I keep by my bed, or in my suitcase, and write these things down each morning:
- 3 things I’m grateful for
- 3 reasons why today is going to be amazing
- 2 affirmations for the day
Then at night I open my journal and I write down:
- 3 amazing things that happened today
- 2 things that could have gone better
I think it’s important to note that the two things that could have gone better are actually written as positive statements, such as: “I am drinking 2L of water and going to bed before 11pm” rather than “I need to drink more water and get to bed earlier.”
Focusing on what we are capable of and what you’re going to do differently to get the results you want, is much more effective that focusing on the negative. This is the difference between professional athletes and us mere mortals.
So, do you have 5 minutes a day to invest in your future self? Practicing this method will help you set the intention for how you want your day to look, feel and be. You may even be surprised when you come back to your journal at night, just how many things you’ve written down that have come true in some shape or form!
Lesson: Choose your winning attitude daily (and check out the fiveminutejournal.com)
What you’ll learn in this episode:
- 5 things they have determined will make you stick with a habit and maintain it
- Why the beginning and the end of the day are the best times to chart your progress.
- How reflection is a really good way to help you improve your future.
- How the power of positive thinking can help you attract what you want into your life.
The beginning and the end of the day is the time when we want to think, evaluate and correct course. #TheFiveMinuteJournal
Check out these resources to help you further:
Check out chapter 2 of my Suitcase Entrepreneur Book to read more about how creating certain mindsets can free you from the constraints of conventional and allow you to live the life you’ve always wanted.
Share this video with one person who are grateful for, but don’t stop there. In the comment section below, tell me; What are you grateful for today?