I had the good fortune to attend a retreat and meet Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great. One of the many gems which Jim imparted was that we need to write every day and that writing is thinking. He actually spends 1000 hours a year writing and creating. That is 25 40-hour weeks. Wow!
I truly agree that the exercise of writing helps us to complete our thoughts, and recording our insights and reflections about our internal urgings is what really stirs our souls.
So, what is one thing you can do this year that will change your life?
Start a journal and write. Writing is thinking. Many times writing will help us to complete a thought and help us to get clear on what it is we want in our lives. I never really journaled or wrote much, but I started reflecting and writing my thoughts down on paper about six or seven years ago. I have to admit, my life has gotten better and better every year.
To help you begin the process of journaling, here are the 7 things that I write about for just 5 minutes before I go to bed every night:
- What was the best thing that happened today?
- What did I do today to live my ideal day?
- What am I most grateful for today?
- What is one new thing I learned today?
- What did I do today to create economic value for my family and me?
- How did I allow God to work through me today?
- What am I looking most forward to tomorrow?
These seven simple questions have taught me the value of reflection and contemplation. I believe it is so critically important to do this five minutes before you go to bed at night because brain research has shown that the subconscious mind will process whatever you put into it for the next five or six hours.
Can you invest five minutes per day to change your life?