This week I'm sharing with you another strategy I have in my Breakthrough Toolbox and the strategy is journaling. This is a $1 million lifehack and if you put it into practice you'll begin to see the changes and reap the benefits in your life within weeks - if not days.
Our brains and souls, which are connected, of course, file everything we experience whether consciously or unconsciously away. We can train ourselves to recall information more readily through various practices - one of which I remember and utilize from Educational Psychology is known as chunking. Chunking is breaking things up in bits for easy memorization. An example of chunking is telephone numbers. They're three bits for the area code, three bits for the prefix and four bits for the identifier for a total of ten because our brains can naturally grab information in chunks of three, four and ten.
Another way to train your brain to remember things is to write them down. It increases the power of learning. Hearing audio is a great way to learn. Seeing a visual representation is a great way to learn. Combining the two multiplies your ability to learn and retain. Adding writing to hearing and seeing brings even greater increase of understanding and retention.
Not only that, writing is a natural way to organize the multitude of experiences your brain has catalogued. Writing declutters your mind. Journaling your thoughts gives you freedom to release things that could keep you upset, hurt or angry onto paper. Journling allows you to flesh out those small ideas that begin in your mind and birth businesses, books, inventions, plays and countless other projects that have the potential to be streams of income.
As a teacher I always began my writing instruction with journaling - teaching students the simple practice of recording their thoughts by matching word for word what you want to say in your mind on paper. One year two of my first graders won two of three awards for essay writing. They were honored at a school-wide assembly by our principal.
Your brain is always at work but if you don't journal you'll miss opportunities it's offering you to be healed, restored and to prosper. If you look at my mentoring packages each of them includes a journal. Journaling is necessary. Writing is necessary. We learn about history and life from writings of recorders past and present. Most of the books I've written began as journal entries. That being said, I believe everyone should write a book. It's an opportunity to have your life documented for others. Your life matters.
Take a few minutes each morning to journal your night dreams. Then take a few minutes before bed to journal your day. Don't worry about being legalistic if you miss a few days here and there. Matter of fact, if you can only journal weekly, on your day of rest, do it. It'll bring a new dimension of clarity to your life. In three weeks it'll be a habit and you'll have a record of how what you've accomplished to look back over and provide inspiration to keep moving forward.
If you need help journaling, pulling your thoughts together to receive healing or making sense of the historical record you already have schedule a call today.
My first and main Mentor inspired the instructions to be doers and not only hearers. If you want a quick piece of advice for success that’s it right there – be a doer and not only a hearer.
I have the most success with mentees who are doers. And when they follow my instructions and do the work, they’ll achieve every breakthrough they’re seeking. It’s a guarantee. That makes for a great mentee: one who listens, receives the revelation and then acts on it. That’s the basics of being a winner. Hear and then do.
Last week I mentioned that being a proficient listener wasn’t natural to me. It’s not natural to anyone. Look at toddlers. We are taught to listen by experiencing the positive rewards it brings. Great mentees hear, receive and do. Poor mentees choose otherwise and remain stuck.
You're a poor mentee if you one who replies to advice given with comments such as, "I know, but ..." and "You don't understand what they did to me." You know what? I know they hurt you. I know what they did was wrong. The problem is you're the one dwelling on it instead of healing and thriving, and they're not. And you very well may "know" with your head what I speak to you, but you haven't implemented the revelation in your heart or life or you would be living abundantly and not in need of the deep work that I do.
I’m a doer. A successful doer, not a spinning my wheels going around in circles because I refuse to change doer. Even when I don’t have someone else walking through a situation directly with me, I still do because I want the next level. Whatever that next level is. For example, I’m sacrificing sleep by working from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. to get to the next levels in a few areas of my life. No one else is walking through this with me, no one else suggested I do it, but I’m doing it because I know I’ll get where I want to be in a specified amount of time.
How do I KNOW I’ll get to the next levels? I know because I’ve made a similar sacrifice before and achieved the results I needed and also because actions have natural reactions and my actions are producing the reactions I desire. I’m not just doing to do. I’m focused and am performing a specific pattern of tasks that lead to specific results. I’m only about 33% of the way through my program and I’ve already experienced more breakthroughs than I can count.
Become a doer. Stop just hearing and not doing and you will succeed. I'm a witness. When you're ready, schedule a call or book a mentoring package. If you need a custom package that we create together, that's perfectly fine. I do it all the time for clients whose budgets are in between one of the standard packages. The goal is to get you to a place where you're experiencing the life of your dreams because it is possible. Time flies, don't wait.
Expand your mind: Pick up a classic book. A book can take you places you never imagined possible. This small change in lifestyle will have an exponential payoff. Because rarely will one's income exceed their personal development. ~ Richard Hanson
When I was an elementary reading teacher I was always given the lowest of the low to train. I always remember a 1st grader - Marcos Soliz - who came in to my class after school began one fall speaking no English and was moved up to Ms. Shee's class of proficient readers at the start of third quarter.
I'm the same way with mentoring. I work best with those in the pit because I'm trained to assist in getting them to rise above. I’ve been down to nothing – homeless and stinky from living in my car – and I’ve overcome and can support those who are hungry for excellence.
When I was needy and desperate, I was willing to listen to my mentors so that I could get breakthrough. I had to listen. Being teachable and willing to press forward through the difficult instructions given to me was crucial. There were times when a mentor told me I was my biggest issue. That used to be hard for me hear and even harder for me to believe. But, now that I’ve been set free from a victim mindset I don’t have trouble looking at myself – my thoughts, behaviors and attitudes – and examining them in the light of truth.
When I’m failing in one of the realms of my life, I seek after the wisdom required to change and I implement it. The reason behind my failure is a lack of sufficient understanding so I ask my mentors questions until I have a plan in place to adjust and move forward. And I know enough about honor to receive their advice and adapt it to my own process, and not dishonor them in any way.
There’s nothing wrong with (and it’s not surprising that it happens) failing because of lack of information. There is something wrong with not wanting to change, not listening to those who can help and expecting to be babied by a mentor. Mentors aren’t parents. Yes, they have a similar role as parents in that mentors train you to live well, but making you feel warm and fuzzy inside isn’t included.
I have to be honest, I don’t keep mentees who won’t listen. That’s a waste of both of our time and money. I have been through enough formal and life education to mentor those who come to me, and I’m going to be firm and provide the wisdom needed so they can stop failing and begin winning.
If you’re hungry, desperate, and ready to turn things around in your life, schedule a call today. I’m here to help. Check back later for tips to on being a great mentee.
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