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Journaling principles that keep you motivated

Getting started and keeping on.
Below my 6 Journaling Principles.
This is part three of my series on Journaling. If you missed the earlier parts, you can click here on part 1 or part 2.
Dit overkomt mij nooit. Er gebeurt zoveel op een dag, dat mijn Journaling eerder een rem nodig heeft.

1: Journaling you do in a journal

A Journal is a notebook where you write down what keeps you busy. Where you can organize thoughts on paper and doodle about your future. It is one place where you keep all your notes. An easy reference point. Depending on how you approach it, it may look like an old-fashioned diary. You can also turn it into an inspirational book by thinking in advance what your goal will be. Thinking about what you want to get out of life will benefit you. Your personal growth will be boosted during Journaling.

Before we move on to what a Journal is, a little bit about my experiences with it.

2: Journaling you do for a 'Handhold'
I started Journaling in 2001 during the training “true leadership”, it was part of the assignments. What I have become aware of is that under normal circumstances I can handle everything well. I managed to make connections ,statements, reconstruct and retrieve relevant matters. It's not until I get busy and the hours are well over forty. It is only when there are more than three real issues or problems. It is only when I get tired that I reach for the handle of a Journal. Then I will write things down. I will then organise my thoughts, write down, organize or draw. Sometimes I free up time and start thinking ahead, working on my dreams, making a collage or mood board of pictures that show what things should look like. You can also call this a vision. I then use my Journal to put things into perspective and to organize. (below you see a picture from an old Journal that helped me for a while)
Een plaatje vertelt meer dan 1000 woorden.

3: Journaling ensures trust
During a meeting , writing things down also works positively for me. Writing forces me to even listen better. When I write it down and it goes too fast or I don't understand it, I find it easy enough to interrupt with the request to repeat. This works best when I am sitting at a table with people I trust. I look for people who are good at asking questions, so that I can register. Compare notes with the minutes and you're done. Then if something isn't right, we're talking about the notes rather than my opinion, or things like I've remembered them. That leads to trust. The advantage of writing things down in a Journal is that you can always find it. You write everything down in the same place: your Journal.

4: Journaling you also do with pictures
A picture tells more than a thousand words. Recently I was allowed to attend a presentation by a former CEO of Nespresso. During this lecture he showed a collage. A collage he made in a weekend. He had been caught off guard the Friday before with a question that could change his life. He had been given one weekend to answer the question whether he wanted to become CEO of Nespresso. On Sunday he had made a mood board, in which he saw the future of Nespresso. I saw in that picture what I experience today with Nespresso: an atmosphere, something emotional. Much more than a business approach to a challenge. A vision for the given challenge of taking over and milking a product at the end of its Product Life Cycle. This man saw a different future than the incumbent CEO. He saw a global company, ten times the size it was at the time. Incredible and yet he made it happen. That picture was his anchor. That picture still inspires me now. Could it help you too? Surely!
Inzichten genoteerd in mijn eerste Journal

5: Journaling is capturing looking back in word and image.
Your Journal summarized: looking back and ahead projecting in word and image, the now, your feeling in this moment, capturing. In short: past, present and future can all be put in your journal.

6: Journaling requires discipline
My own challenge is regularity, discipline. I neglect to write when things are going well and reach for my Journal when it gets (too) busy again. You understand: 'they who know do, they who don't teach'. I have a lovely book, I almost always have it with me, otherwise I write things down at the end of the day, or I process notes and scribbles from scrap paper.

I've called it Journaling Principles. When I read it back it seems like the upbringing of the past. Unfortunately, it is something you can have a hard time with in the beginning, because you don't immediately realize the use of it. That will come later, after you have forgotten something. Then such a booklet is very useful. It once helped me because I got into a misunderstanding. At that time it was nice that I had adhered to my Journaling Principles. I found the original facts in my Journal. This prevented a lot of unnecessary discussion and saved a lot of time and hassle.

I really want to know how other people deal with Journaling and which Journaling Principles you use. I learned it from Tony Robbins, an American. I would love to hear from you how you deal with this. What tips do you want to share with me? There is a comment field at the bottom of the page. You always get an answer. Help me and our readers with your experience or tip.

If you are at a crossroads in your life and your follow-up route is not entirely clear, come to an inspiration evening. Your personal topic can therefore be discussed. See how I can help you design your future..

Make work of your dreams!: journaling is a nice tool for this. See you next week, with the sequel. In the meantime, keep your smile doing well.

PS: do you want to help us? Then leave your tips or experiences with Journaling below . If you have any questions, you can also leave them below.

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George Begemann

Executive Sparring Partner