We are so close to the new year I can smell it. I just cannot wait to jump into 2017.
I have so many goals, opportunities, and obstacles to tackle! As eager as I am to get right to it, I am still looking forward to this last month of 2016 and taking the time to plan out my next steps.
Throughout December, I will be strategizing in order to regain focus, continue building, and cleanse my environment of any harmful toxins that could be stifling my growth. Hopefully by doing this I’ll be able to gracefully glide into my month of opportunities with a clean slate and a recharged mindset.
Now, as nice as all of that sounds it’s also pretty intimidating. Where do I start? What ‘toxins’ could be holding me back? There’s so much to do and December is only 31 days long?!?!
Well, not to worry. I have been talking to entrepreneurs, successful millennials, and of course my amazing mentors about planning out my business and lifestyle. Thankfully, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some insanely talented, dedicated, and experienced individuals.
AND THEY HAVE BLESSED ME WITH A VITAL KEY TO SUCCESS
Are you ready for this?
J o u r n a l i n g .
Yup, journaling. Taking the time out of your crazy schedule to write whatever is on your mind to absolutely no one has an insane amount of benefits for your development and mental health. By journaling, you’re able to really take the time to dig deep. Seriously. You’ll start by writing about how you’ve been running around like a chicken without a head and all of a sudden it’s 25 minutes later and you’re deep into a written conversation with yourself about some random memory from second grade.
My thought process is, you’re usually thinking about 1 million things, right? But you’re really only focusing on the main stuff, like details for your day to day. Then, everyday, you’re absorbing more and more information and jamming all of these things into your head. Being able to take a step back and get it all out on paper will leave you feeling so much lighter, wayyy less stressed, and honestly all around happier.
I’ve made it a point to schedule, at the very least, a half an hour to put a pause on my day and spend some time with a notebook and pen. By doing this I’ve learned things about myself that in all of my 21 short years I have never noticed. I’ve been able to pinpoint details in my life and environment that motivate me, help with responsibilities, and some that even cause me anxiety.
It’s like I’m getting this amazing feedback… from myself. And I’m using that feedback to grow and adjust. It’s helping me to be more productive, allowing me to flow more freely about my day and even keep on top of my responsibilities better.
I promise you should try it. Now that I’ve started I’m never going to stop!
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