When we confuse our being with what we do, our personal value and self-esteem become linked to our performance in our various roles. Conversely, when able to distinguish between what we do and who we are, we avoid the emotional instability that results from identifying ourselves with our accomplishments. Thus, we can boost our performance in all the different roles we decide to take on without the pressure that we often feel due this responsibility.
Before you turn the page into the new year, look back over this past year to learn the lessons it holds for your future. Then you're building on a solid foundation, not just setting off with random plans. Let us teach you a simple framework to do this.
In a recent Daily JO roundtable with businessmen, it became apparent that everybody in the group was afflicted by distractions from electronic devices. This is particularly troubling because it was preventing almost everyone from achieving the solid morning routine they desired with things like journaling, meditation, a workout, and strategic thinking.
It has helped me to overcome that feeling that something is missing in my life. I have better days when I start my day in my journal. It reminds me of what is important in life, the people and things that I am so grateful for. It helps me focus on ONE GOAL that is really important and helps me remember to release my frustrations, anxieties and fears and to replace them with joy, peace and trust. These are a daily battle for me.
We live in complicated times. Life is crazy. It seems like there's always too much to do, too many choices, and no time for slowing down and reflecting on what we truly want or need. That's why the Daily JO journal is such a relief. It helps us to slow down and simplify our life and choices.
Journaling with my Daily JO has helped me to know myself on a deeper level than I ever thought possible. It’s like I’m slowly peeling off layers to discover new qualities that I didn’t know I possessed. A journal is only a tool, but in any endeavor, having the right tools and keeping them sharp makes a huge difference. Using these tools consistently, slowly, patiently, gets you the desired results.
Change almost killed me. Literally. At least it felt like I was going to die. Five years ago I transitioned from 19 years of faith-based service to a new phase but I had nothing to keep me anchored. The result was extremely high levels of stress that I masked by overworking myself. "The journal you can’t live without” is not just a tagline for me. Having a simple and sustainable daily routine has made me more effective, more centered, and a better leader, a better spouse, and a better person as a result. Why don’t you try it?
Journaling on paper is a way of finding out who we are and where we are going. It is designed to make us analyze ourselves, by pulling apart our thoughts and emotions and past actions. It then helps us to put ourselves back together again by thinking through our goals and plans. Writing this down in a synthesis is essential.
Ask any coach what the number one factor is for success and I bet they will say discipline. Maybe they won’t use that word, but in the end, whether it’s a football coach, business coach, or spiritual guide, a good coach knows that discipline is what makes the difference between success and failure.