20 October 2022
The advantages of journaling are frequently and loudly extolled. As an entrepreneur and business owner, I’ve used journaling extensively, and it’s been crucial to my success. This assertion is not new: many well-known business people credit journaling as a key to their success and wealth.
While journaling is frequently lauded as an effective strategy for personal development, it has very specific applications for entrepreneurs and those looking to advance in their careers.
Here are three reasons why journaling can help you succeed — and how to get started.
1. Journaling allows ideas to grow.
When ideas exist only in your head or in a quick water-cooler conversation with a friend, they can quickly become stagnant. Putting a business idea on paper not only makes it tangible and real, but it also allows for growth and expansion of that idea. (Or maybe it’s the realization that the idea isn’t worth your time).
Your mind has boundaries. It can only hold so many emotions and thoughts at once, not all of which are productive. When you journal, you are exercising your productivity: your mind is relieved of the burden of the unnecessary, leaving you with the space to allow your worthwhile ideas and feelings to expand. This area could also be referred to as clarity.
2. It exposes bad ideas
It is just as important to flesh out the good ideas as it is to expose the bad ones. That’s because, first and foremost, catching bad ideas early on saves time, energy, and/or money. However, your bad ideas are necessary stepping stones to your good ones. Journaling about your bad ideas allows you to learn from them.
The process of thoroughly examining a business dream and then identifying how and why that dream will fail is a priceless exercise that is often only accomplished through journaling. When you tell other excited friends or colleagues about your plan, it may sound flawless. Sometimes the judgment-free environment of a journal is the only place where we can be ourselves.
3. Journaling identifies major shifts
The day will come when something significant occurs; an idea will occur to you, or you will achieve a major goal. When events like this occur, it’s critical to understand what led up to that point.
How can you recreate the setting that inspired your best ideas? You have the luxury of looking back and knowing the context of your best thinking when you keep a journal. You can see who you spent your time with, what you read, how you felt, and what problem(s) you were dealing with. This information will come in handy later on.
As an entrepreneur, you can write about a variety of complex topics in your journal. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Work on one or more of your business ideas’ elevator pitches.
2. Investigate issues and potential solutions.
3. Think about your favorite businesses and how you could improve them.
4. Describe your ideal day as a business owner in great detail.
5. Honestly answer the “why” of your business: Are you starting a business to make more money? Fix a problem? Both? (This could one day become your mission statement.)
6. Assume your company has achieved success and consider three ways to expand once it is self-sustaining.
Consistent journaling can help entrepreneurs direct their energy, drive the entrepreneurial process, and generate new and profitable business ideas. It’s a good habit to develop for anyone who wants to start their own business.
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Til next time,