Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stay Grounded and Connected with a Success Journal

By Ali Brown




It's said our purpose here on earth is to create, and I see achievement as simply stepping into our best creations. Whether it be making a million dollars or making our most delicious batch of cupcakes ever, achievement inspires. It encourages us to keep bettering our best and also excites others to reach for the stars as well.

When you have conquered a goal or challenge that once seemed impossible, you feel on top of the world, and with that comes an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction. But, that's not all. Success is energizing and a huge self-confidence booster, as you realize what you are really capable of! So achievement breeds more achievement. 

For each goal you achieve, view it as the first step into a much bigger venture -- it's the end of one journey and the beginning of many more. And one great way to stay connected with your success is to RECORD it.

One of the best things I ever did for myself, and my success, was to start keeping a success journal. It's my secret tool to winning big.

Buy a pretty notebook and keep it near your bed. I just picked up a new one from Amazon.com. Every evening, before you go to sleep, write down at least three successes from your day. If you find this a little daunting at first, remember this can be anything from big to small. My list often includes both. I had a chuckle recently when reviewing my list from one day -- it included "I was honored as one of Ernst & Young's Winning Women for 2010" along with opted for a salad instead of burger for lunch" and "organized file cabinet." That's how life is, ladies (and gents). The crucial thing is to get started.

You can write your journal entries at any time of the day, but if you do it as I do -- last thing at night -- you'll drift off to sleep in a positive frame of mind. I find sometimes it even helps me wake up with solutions to problems I had not considered the day before-- my subconscious kept wanting to achieve while I was sleeping!

The value of doing this every day is that it will not only increase your self-confidence, but it will motivate you to do more. Try it, and you'll see-- I promise.

I also love opening up my success journal when something is not going well. If I become discouraged over a project that isn't coming together how it should, or I'm down in the dumps over a mistake that I made, I open my journal to help remind myself how much I have accomplished already.

The good news: success becomes a part of you!


The act of writing down your successes daily-- especially at night before you go to bed-- fixes them in your memory, and they become a part of you. Your journal will continually and actively remind you that you are an achiever. This will keep your momentum going and help create more success in your life.

So don't wait any longer-- go out today and buy a pretty notebook and beautiful pen and write down those successes tonight. Your first one could be taking action on this article!

Entrepreneur mentor Ali Brown teaches women around the world how to start and grow profitable businesses that make a positive impact. Get her FREE CD "Top 10 Secrets for Entrepreneurial Women" at www.AliBrown.com




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