I have been writing entries in my journal almost every single day since June 15, 2005. This is a personal journal nobody else will read, which means I can freely write anything I want without fear of judgement. The main objective of my journal from the start was to record my progress towards success. After 6 to 12 months of hand-written journal entries, I go back and type them up into a word document. There are two reasons for doing this. The first is to make sure I have the writings saved somewhere else in case the original journals were damaged or lost. Second, it forces me to go back and review 6 to 12 months of my past life. The question I would like to answer is, am I where I said I would be or did I miss the target? I do hold myself accountable because if I don’t, who will?
I cannot stress enough, it is your life and you need to be 100% truthful with yourself? If you are messing up and not achieving your goals, then you need to come to that realization. If you tell yourself otherwise, you are only hurting yourself. By being honest with yourself, you are able to take action and modify your path to success. As they say, you will know the truth and it will set you free. Writing in a journal and reviewing it afterwards will help you understand where you are on your path to success, and will make you accountable.
There is a friend of mine, who has always lied to everyone. He had lied so much, he started believing these lies himself. Some lies were believable to outsiders who did not know him very well. Some lies were incredibly ridiculous. I often think about these lies because the only person who did not know they were lies, was the person telling them. He continued telling people he was making an outrageous amount of money in a career he did not have. After several years, he still did not have this career and did not make the money he said he did. What if he told the truth to himself? He could come to the realization that he needed to change his life. He could take the necessary steps to achieve the salary he wanted in the career he wanted. Things could have been very different.
Again, I must emphasize for you to take control of your life by making yourself accountable. A tool to realize where you are in your path to success is to keep a journal. It is a book you can write all your successes and failures. It would be a no judgement zone where you can write anything and everything you wanted to. Reviewing 6 to 12 months after the entry is perfect for really realizing where you are. Think about it… and try it out!