Why would you want a personal journal? In my primary school days, I was asked to keep a personal journal and write about daily activities or any interesting issues that I encountered. That time, my teacher’s purpose of me writing a journal is to inculcate the habit of writing and improve my written English.
Now, I’m still keeping a journal with me! You might me thinking, “What? Journals are for kids! Journals are for little girls! I’m too old to keep a journal!” That’s what I thought so too! Really, who really have the time to keep a journal nowadays?
However, my thinking changed when I met this person by the name of Jim Rohn. I first knew him through his personal development books and CDs in 2008. He’s an inspiration to me and my life. I can literally say he ‘brainwashed’ me, flushing away all negative and skeptical thoughts of life, and pouring in hope, dreams, and beliefs in me.
That’s what he said about a personal journal:
If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophiscated, healthy, influencial, cultured and unique individual, keep a journal. Don’t trust your memory. 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.
Keeping a Journal – One of the Three Treasures to Leave Behind (excerpts from “How to Keep a Journal” audio series by Jim Rohn)
I write my journal everyday to make it worth more than $26 (or the cost of a blank book). I write down my emotions of the day, the ideas that sparked while I’m bathing, the inspirational quotes I came across daily…
For my MLM business, I write down the new challenges I face, the different kinds of people I talked to (some are really funny and memorable!), the various kinds of uncommon problems my downlines can give me. That is my personal journal.
I aim to grow by 1% daily, 30% a month, 365% a year. Keep a personal journal with me too my friend, and you’ll see yourself as a whole new grown person everyday. You will NEVER go to bed the same person, as you were when you woke up.
Keep a personal journal today, for your life, for your MLM business. Share your experiences with me 😀