The day before our 12th anniversary was a glorious "pure Michigan" day; a cool, crisp blue-sky morning, the leaves of the white spruce and oak trees rustling in a slow breeze, the red-winged blackbirds flitting around our deck. Our celebration would appear to be an odd one to an outsider: two people sitting indoors, Starbucks lattes in hand, hunched over spreadsheets and laptops.
Remember, the word thought is not synonymous with the word truth. Your thoughts are not necessarily true or important and you don't have to take them so seriously. Think of them like passing clouds in the sky -- they come and they go. Your true self is the ever-present observer who watches your fear-based thoughts as they pass by.
Society tells us that this is a good thing. We hear about athletes that are never satisfied until they have reached the top. We hear about entrepreneurs who worked like crazy to build a business that changed the world. The basic idea is that to be driven, you also have to be dissatisfied. Dissatisfied with second place. Dissatisfied with average.
Journaling is no longer just for that confused adolescent girl who spends her evenings contemplating the meaning of life. No, it's an effective form of therapy from the eternal optimist all the way to the perpetual pessimist. Here are four reasons why writing down your thoughts can help move you closer to your ideal life:
A Leader that works on the business guiding a team to achieve an established vision versus working in the business i.e. hands on in producing a widget or doing the actual hammering. By working on your small business you are in a better position to lead your organization through its mission, goals and strategies.
We are raising children in an age where there seems to be more worry and fear about everything, and less ability to persevere and cope in the face of adversity. Our modern day technological culture promotes doing things easier and quickly. Exerting the least amount of effort for the greatest impact and reward seems to be most valued.