Today I was challenged to begin keeping a journal. I recalled this powerful teaching by one of my all-time favorite mentors, Mr. Jim Rohn. If you’re serious about becoming successful ,whatever that may mean for you, then journaling is a must! Soak in this powerful teaching from Mr. Rohn himself.
Why Keep A Journal?
by Jim Rohn
If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy , powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique individual—don’t trust your memory—keep a journal. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down.
I used to take notes on pieces of paper and torn-off corners and backs of old envelopes. I wrote ideas on restaurant placemats. On long sheets, narrow sheets and little sheets and pieces of paper thrown in a drawer. Then I found out that the best way to organize those ideas is to keep a journal. I’ve been keeping these journals since the age of twenty-five. The discipline makes up a valuable part of my learning, and the journals are a valuable part of my library.
I am a buyer of blank books. Kids find it interesting that I would buy a blank book. They say, “Twenty-six dollars for a blank book! Why would you pay that?” The reason I pay twenty-six dollars is to challenge myself to find something worth twenty-six dollars to put in there. All my journals are private, but if you ever got a hold of one of them, you wouldn’t have to look very far to discover it is worth more than twenty-six dollars.
I must admit if you got a glimpse of my journals, you’d have to say that I am a serious student. I’m not just committed to my craft; I’m committed to life , committed to learning new concepts and skills. I want to see what I can do with seed, soil, sunshine and rain to turn them into the building blocks of a productive life.
Keeping a journal is so important. I call it one of the three treasures to leave behind for the next generation. In fact, future generations will find these three treasures far more valuable than your furniture.
The first treasure is your pictures… Take a lot of pictures. Don’t be lazy in capturing the event. How long does it take to capture the event? A fraction of a second. How long does it take to miss the event? A fraction of a second. So don’t miss the pictures. When you’re gone, they’ll keep the memories alive.
The second treasure is your library… This is the library that taught you, that instructed you, that helped you defend your ideals. It helped you develop a philosophy.. It helped you become wealthy , powerful, healthy, sophisticated, and unique. It may have helped you conquer some disease. It may have helped you conquer poverty. It may have caused you to walk away from the ghetto. Your library, the books that instructed you, fed your mind and fed your soul, is one of the greatest gifts you can leave behind.
The third treasure is your journals… All the ideas you picked up, the information that you meticulously gathered. And of the three, journal writing is one of the greatest indications that you’re a serious student. Taking pictures, that is pretty easy. Buying a book at a bookstore, that’s pretty easy. However, it is a little more challenging to be a student of your own life , your own future, your own destiny. Take the time to keep notes and to keep a journal. You’ll be so glad you did. What a treasure to leave behind when you go. What a treasure to enjoy today!
To Your Success,
© 2006 by Jim Rohn International. All Rights Reserved.
I used to have this belief that I needed a healthy dose of motivation before I could take action. This fallacy found it’s roots in my noble pursuit of personal development.
You may have started reading this blog in your own quest to be motivated. If that’s you, I’m going to challenge you with a task. I’ll actually be taking on the same challenge for a 24 day challenge I’ve volunteered for inspired by Jon Acuff’s amazing book, START!
In my life I have discovered that motivation is actually overrated. The truth of the matter is that I am most productive after I begin taking action on a task. Here’s my theory:
Action CREATES Motivation
Right now, I want you to identify the task you’ve been putting off as of late. Chances are this activity is not urgent but it is important. I want you to commit to completing that task TODAY before you even do any of the other, more urgent, things on your to-do list. This technique of tackling the BIG stuff is called, “Swallowing the Frog.”
Here’s my theory: The satisfaction you will feel in having finally completed the 1 thing you’ve been putting off for so long will actually inspire you to bust right through the rest of your list.
Motivation is a trap. It is quite a shiny and lovely thing and certainly has it’s place in the arena of success but, it is not the main ingredient for winning. Activity trumps motivation each and every time. So here is my theory:
Action creates Motivation
Motivation without Action = Frustration
If you’ve been finding yourself increasingly frustrated and less productive then chances are you’ve fallen into the Motivation Trap.
If you have been inspired by the words I have shared with you that is called motivation.
If you allow yourself to take immediate action that is a victory.
It’s your move…go out there and swallow that frog.
Be sure to share your “Frogs” below and let me know how this concept helped you!