Do You Keep A Journal?
“There are three things to leave behind: your photographs, your library and your personal journals. These things are certainly going to be more valuable to future generations than your furniture!” – Jim Rohn
One of the early disciplines Jim Rohn introduced to me was keeping a journal. Jim was a master at it!
Jim used to tell the story of someone breaking into his RV while on a trip, and his only major concern was if they had taken his journals — not the furniture or the TV but the thing that truly was not replaceable — a piece of his life, his journals.
Statistically it is over the top! Countless times over the years when meeting “Jim Rohn’s greatest fan” I have been impressed with how many were the real deal; the ones who followed Jim’s pearls of wisdom and went on to achieve great things and yes, had made a decision to be a collector and student of great ideas (including their own) by keeping a journal.
A journal that would chronicle their own personal story; their family, their victories, their challenges, their GOALS and DREAMS, their seminar and sermon notes, their own ideas and thoughts — that they could review now and in the future — and create one of the more priceless collections for themselves and their families as the years roll on.
Journalling is unique for each person. One of the things I decided to do a long time ago was to start a new journal every year. Where does the old one go? Right in line with all the previous years in my library. For posterity alone keeping a journal is a great idea!
Now I know with smart phones, laptops and every other device, some may question the usefulness or duplicate effort of a journal. I personally use Evernote for just about every note I take as well as all my to do lists. But I still make it a habit each morning to write in my journal and I also use it to jot down notes when I’m in a meeting. The pros out weigh the cons in my mind.
Here’s a little from Jim Rohn on keeping a journal for the past 40+ years:
“Be a collector of good ideas, but don’t trust your memory. The best collecting place for all of the ideas and information that comes your way is your journal.”
“The reason why I spend so much money for my journals is to press me to find something valuable to put in them.”
“Don’t use your mind for a filing cabinet. Use your mind to work out problems and find answers; file away good ideas in your journal.”
I highly recommend if you have not done it already, to get a journal and start writing in it every day! Set your goals. Write about your kid’s birthdays, their school and sports activities and special moments. Include your notes from the seminar or sermon. Take notes when at lunch with a friend. Write out your prayer list and/or your daily goals. Think, ponder and dream — and write it down. And then of course, go back and review often!
This process will literally change your life.