By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title
Keeping a daily journal has not only changed my life – it saved it.
During my hardest and most painful times, I’d write my suffering out on a blank piece of paper. And I’d reconnect with all the simple blessings in my life – along with my highest dreams. My journal kept me going…
Groundbreaking research on elite performance and ultra-achievement is now confirming that keeping a journal on a regular basis boosts mental focus, increases self-confidence, elevates your mental attitude and increases the levels of happiness that you feel.
For YEARS, people at my seminars + those following me on Facebook + Twitter have been asking me to record a practical training video on why + how to keep a journal.
So in my hotel room in Luanda, Angola I did it. It’s a GREAT little video that explains the game-changing value of journaling in easy steps.
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Ok. That’s it for now. Go do something great today. Please.
Begin Video Transcript:
Hi. It’s Robin Sharma, the author of The Leader Who Had No Title. Welcome to my hotel room here in Luanda, Angola.
I just finished a Lead Without a Title presentation for about 500 leading executives here in this amazing country with incredible opportunity. Businesses from around the world are pouring into Angola. And I had a great presentation, a great time with them.
I’ve got my water filled with some vitamin C, one of my secret weapons on the road. I’m on this 10-country tour. I’m getting ready to go down to the gym to have a nice work out where I not only get my cardio going and do some resistance training, but also put on my iPod and go through audio books.
But this video is a very special one. First of all, I want to express gratitude to you for being with me on this video. I appreciate your time and I want to some great value. And this video is about a subject that a lot of people have been asking me about for a lot of years. Why keep a journal? And I talk a lot in my books about journaling.
From the stage I really evangelize the power of journaling to keep your mindset positive, to reconnect you with your goals every morning and your mission, to keep your productivity high, and to keep you nice and happy. And towards the end of this video I’m actually going to let you inside my own journal and show you what I wrote this morning, just to give you a really crisp and clear example of the kinds of things you can do in a journal.
But let me get right into it with why you should keep a journal. Number one, writing in a journal allows you to record your daily progress. There’s a lot of scientific research on the small win theory. And what it says is this, if every single day you record small daily acts of progress, you actually dump dopamine, a neurotransmitter, into your brain.
And that is a great source of motivation. You feel happy and you feel strong, and you feel inspired. So every single morning, in your holy hour from 5 to 6, take 20 minutes, record you’re wins of the previous day in your journal. It’ll keep you motivated, it’ll make you feel like you’re making progress, it’ll keep you inspired versus always feeling like you’re never achieving enough.
Second thing that you can do in your journal. Record daily insights. So every single day is a platform for learning more. I mean, if you just learn something but you don’t really record it, you really don’t deepen the learning into your mindset. So part of what I do my journal is I record daily learning in my journal. And that just increases my awareness.
So if I’m reading a book or listening to an audio book, by writing it down it increases the stickiness of the learning. And I can actually go back a week later and highlight the learning, so it becomes more powerful and I can act on it. Because you know this, ideation without execution is delusion. So you want to be executing constantly about what you’re learning.
What else? Writing in a journal is a great way to record gratitude. So you know, I think about that Persian proverb, I cursed the fact I had no shoes until I saw the man who had no feet. What am I suggesting to you? Well, the third reason to journal is so that you heighten your blessings, the good things in your life, in your mindset.
I mean, most of us have food on our table. Most of us have fresh drinking water. Most of us can breathe fresh oxygen. Most of us have people we love. Most of that us have work that matters. Most of us have all these incredible blessings that most people would never imagine having.
And yet we curse the fact that there’s too much traffic. We get upset about a difficult conversation with a hard customer. We stumble as we move towards closer our goals or our mission, and we get frustrated. And to make little things into big things and we start developing this mindset where little problems become problems. And as you know, a problem is only a problem if you choose to see it as a problem.
And what I’m suggesting to you is recording gratitude in your journal. Shift your mindset so you start to see things you didn’t notice around you. And everything becomes a miracle. And even this day becomes a blessing. And even if customer or a teammate or your child in front of you becomes this incredible blessing.
I mean, I remember when I was in South Africa on a previous trip that I was talking to someone driving a cab, who was driving us around from event to event. I said, where do you get your point attitude from? He was always smiling. And he said, every person in front of me is a blessing. I said, why? He said, because it’s not a dead body. He said, most of my life I’ve seen so many dead bodies around me. And he said, when I see a person in front me I smile because it’s life. It’s a human being in front of me. It’s not someone dead. And to me that’s the kind of thing that you could write about in your journal.
What else can you write about in your journal? Well, Bruce Lee, when he was worried, would dump his worry out onto pieces of paper and then he would light those pieces of paper onto fire. And he said, that little trick allowed him to clear out the worry from his mind so he could focus on what’s most important.
Now there’s a few lessons in that idea. I mean, first of all, creativity needs a space to present itself. If your mind is full of worry then there is no space for the muse, the creative goddess, to show up with your game changing ideas that you can then act on to get you to world class. So again, creativity needs space, but if your mind is so full of worry and different ideas, then creativity will not present itself.
The neurobiology, or neuroscience of it is alpha state. I know I’m giving you a lot of information here, but your brain needs to let go of the worry and relax so it can rise to the realm of genius, which is called alpha state. And that’s the state you have. We all have the realm of genius. But you need to create a space for those genius ideas to present themselves.
So writing in a journal allows you to release your worries, release all your mundane, trivial ideas that are swirling around your brain so then you can create that space to get those game-changing ideas that get your career, your business, you like, your fitness, your finances to world class.
And what I’m simply saying– this comes from the Ohio State University. They’re realizing that thoughts are almost like material things. And so when you write in a journal, you take these so-called almost-material things out of your mind, pour it out into paper, you’re then free to focus, to create, to relax, and to feel peaceful.
What else? In your journal you can write and record life’s daily progress. I mean, you have a great meal in a restaurant– I actually will take the business card, I’ll glue it in with my glue stick, I’ll put it right into my journal. And then I’ll write about the food, the space, the chef, the conversation, how I felt, when I learned.
I mean, Your life is worth living. Your life matters. Your life is legendary. Your life is epic. Record it every day. If you would have come into my home and walk into my study, you would see 10s and 10s of these leather bound journals, where I’ve recorded my days, my victories, my lessons, quotes that I love, pictures that I sometimes take on my phone and then I print out and put in here. I’ve got my collages in here of the places I want to ski, the places I want to visit, the things I want to have, the impact I want to have, it’s all in the journal.
Which brings me to my journal. I’m going to let you in it. This morning’s recordings, right now. OK. I promised I was going to take you right into my journal. So you can see, right here– and you can see I write things down all the time. This is my mole skin that I write– that I work out with. And I just get all these different ideas from audio books that I listen to or different influences.
So this is my journal. I’m letting you right into it. Today is Wednesday, February the 19th. I’ve written down [? Blessed ?] Luanda, Angola. You can see right here, daily gratitude. I hope you see this clearly. I’m just trying to be of service to you and let you right into my personal journal. And I’ve written down, I am grateful for my family, health– my family, they’re healthy, they’re passionate, they’re authentic, they’re loving and then they’re awesome.
Underneath that I put down I am grateful for my great health. Wealth is peak health. Health is the crown on the well person’s head that only the ill person can see. Right from my journal here in Luanda, Angola this morning.
And then I put down this thing, iteration. Because with better awareness you can make better choices. Better choices, better results. So leadership and excellence and world class is about iteration. So I’ve said, iteration– I want to start drinking four litres of water today, eat every four hours, which I try to do, and just stay clean. In other words, eating clean. By writing down your daily goals, research has shown you have a much greater ability to get the goals done. Daily goal setting is another thing you can do in your journal.
What else is in here? My daily gratitude. Well, my mission. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve 500 people today. To inspire, to uplift, to elevate, to educate, and to spread the Lead Without Title message. I hope this is helping you. Just trying to show you really practically– I’ve also written, I am so grateful to be out on this tour with Jason. Jason is our CEO. I so appreciate his excellence and commitment, and my team’s dedication, and our opportunity to do our part to change the world. Right out of my daily journal. Just to reinforce what’s most important. In this age of dramatic distraction, I come back to my mission every single morning in here and so can you.
I don’t want to bore you. Let me just keep on going here. I’m so grateful for the simple but beautiful meal at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria yesterday and the– oh, I can’t even read my own writing. Oh, the amazing audience at the event. And then, I am grateful for this day. My life in miniature. To pursue my craft, express my talents, and to have some fun.
And then what did I do this morning? I went, tour goals revisited. So daily goal setting. It just locks me in while the rest of the world is asleep, it locks me in to what this day is going to stand for so I can execute flawlessly. I put stay fit, strong, focused, and positive. Create content, ideate, and learn daily. That’s another one of my tour goals. It’s a 10-country tour. World class at every show. Serve the client. Proper rest, pacing, and be peaceful. Have fantastic meals, great– what is my writing here? Great conversation, have fun, increased experiences as a– increase my experiences as a global nomad and evangelize my message, Leading Without a Title, and being an inspirational force.
So there you go. I actually took you, for the first time I’ve ever done this, right inside my own journal and the notes that I made this morning here in Luanda, Angola. I hope you keep a journal. I hope you adopt this daily best practice that I’ve shared with so many elite performers from around the world. And if you’re currently already journaling, I hope you take the practice to the next level. I hope I’ve been of service to you. Bye bye from Luanda, Angola.