JOURNALING

JOURNALING

Legendary Life’s mission is to empower, equip, and inform the pursuit of self-optimization, balance, and fulfillment in every aspect of life via a sustainable, compassionate, lifestyle. Our goal is to inspire, educate and enable our community to “Live Their Legend” with passion every single day, in all facets of life: health, family, relationships, spirituality, and career.

We believe that journaling is one of the most powerful habits that you can acquire in your journey to uncover, pursue, reach and ultimately to “Live Your Legend” each and every day. Journaling is not simply a tool for your quest, journaling is an entire toolkit!

Many of history’s preeminent leaders, geniuses and artists kept a daily journal. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, Beethoven, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, and Pablo Picasso are just a handful of visionaries who benefited from the practice of keeping a journal.

Journaling is a practical and accessible way to stay connected to your inner self, your body, your dreams and your purpose in life. Journaling can help you clarify your thinking, prioritize, be thankful and accomplish your most important tasks while simultaneously serving to inspire, motivate, and center you.

Here’s just a few of the benefits that you can expect to see from a regular journaling practice:

  • Better Organization
  • Improved Judgment and Decision Making
  • Refined Demeanor
  • Enhanced Intention
  • Positive Reinforcement

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Ambitious, successful, happy, and creative people are always working towards many goals. Journals are ideal tools to optimize the process of defining, tracking, manifesting and accelerating achievement of these goals. The Legendary Day Life Journal will empower you to maintain a record of the progress you’ve made towards your goals and their associated actions while keeping you motivated and inspired as you progress on your journey towards reaching them.

The art of recording your thoughts, wishes and musings with pen and paper have a great physical and mental impact. It allows you to collect otherwise lost insights and gratitude, gives you the ability to analyze the progress you have made and enables you to easily assess where you are, where you are going and where you have been.

New to journaling and not sure how to start? Here’s some tips to help you get started:

  • Be honest and authentic (write like no one else is going to read it).
  • Forget about grammar and spelling when you write.
  • Writing by hand in a physical journal such as the Legendary Life Journals (as opposed to journaling on a phone, tablet or laptop) promotes better memory recall.
  • Adopt cursive writing to get your thoughts out faster.

Don’t overthink your writing. Just start writing whatever is on your mind. The point is to write about your thoughts — not publish a polished article.

In order to maximize the value of your journaling time be sure to eliminate distractions: Turn off the TV, put your phone on airplane mode, close the door and strive for privacy. Our minds are most creative when we get the chance to be on our own. “Writing accesses the left hemisphere of the brain, which is analytical and rational,” says Maud Purcell, a psychotherapist and journaling expert. “While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to do what it does best, i.e. create, intuit and feel. In this way, writing removes mental blocks and allows us to use more of our brainpower to better understand ourselves and the world around us.”

Judy Willis MD, a neurologist, and former classroom teacher explains, “The practice of writing can enhance the brain’s intake, processing, retaining, and retrieving of information... it promotes the brain’s attentive focus ... boosts long-term memory, illuminates patterns, gives the brain time for reflection, and when well-guided, is a source of conceptual development and stimulus of the brain’s highest cognition.”

Following are just some of the key benefits that can be expected from engaging in a regular journaling practice. The research based format of the Legendary Life Journals were designed to:

  • Develop a sense of gratitude.
  • Provide a place and time to focus on the positive.
  • Allow you to reflect and acknowledge progress on projects, initiatives and goals.
  • Furnish a fresh perspective.
  • Orient you from scarcity to abundance.
  • Create a safe space to “discuss” things that you feel you can’t discuss with anyone else.
  • Allow you to uncover the things weighing on your mind affecting your behavior.
  • Help you differentiate personal issues from professional ones.
  • Provide you a private, healthy place to vent emotions.
  • Enable you to separate symptoms from causes.
  • Help you objectively examine feelings, emotions and events.
  • Empower you to clarify and examine your motivations for actions and decisions.
  • Analyze causes for the behavior of others in an unemotional, balanced manner.
  • Reconnect you with what energizes you and focuses your energy.
  • Improve your self-awareness.
  • Provide you a concrete, visible list of the positive things in your life.

The Power of Habit:

There’s one big thing to keep in mind. You will never achieve any of the amazing benefits of journaling unless you actually journal regularly. That means you must create a journaling practice that is also a habit. Once journaling becomes a habit it will be like second nature.

Legendary Night Life Evening Journal Overview Video

A journaling habit means that you will never “forget” to journal, “not have time” to journal, or be “too tired” to journal. On the contrary, it will be something that you instinctively feel that you have to do to have a fulfilling day. Don’t believe us? Just consider these examples: You don’t forget to brush your teeth, right? You always have time to drink your morning coffee or tea, don’t you? And we’d bet that you’re rarely “too tired” to check your social media feeds one last time prior to going to sleep at night. Why is that? It’s because you have made either a conscious or unconscious choice at some point in your life to make those tasks habits as opposed to hobbies.

Habits are hugely powerful. People develop some habits that they perform for the rest of our lives with very little thought as to their continued value or detriment to their dreams and goals.

It may shock you to learn that on average, around 45% of our activities on a given day are habitual, performed automatically without us thinking about them. Generally, it takes between two and three months to form a new habit. Once a habit is entrenched, the practice becomes like brushing your teeth.

Habits have significant impact on every aspect of life. Therefore, it’s very important to perform frequent self-assessments on your habits to determine which ones you need to modify or get rid of and which new habits you should develop that could better serve you and your goals. Habits must be audited and assessed on a regular basis, as once a habit is truly ingrained in a person’s psyche it is performed outside the spectrum of conscious thought. This can be good or bad as habits can be working towards either creating or destroying your dreams and goals. We believe that in order to Live your Legend, you need to take control of the activities you perform daily.

“The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits.” Steven Pressfield

Ok, so how do you actually go about the process of building your professional journaling habit? According to Charles Duhigg in his book, “The Power of Habit” there are four steps to creating a habit:

I. Cues

First, there is a cue. This is a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode, and which habit to use. Cues can be almost anything, from a visual trigger to a time of day, an emotion, a sequence of thoughts, the company of particular people, etc.

In regards to journaling the cue might be seeing the journal itself in a specific place at a specific time every day. Maybe your journal is on your nightstand where you will see it right before you go to bed and right when you wake up in the morning.

II. Routines

Next, there is the routine. This can be physical, mental, or emotional. Routines can be incredibly complex or fantastically simple.

To make journaling a part of your routine you need to choose a specific part of your day to journal and sequence the activity in line with another existing habit. For example, maybe your morning routine is to wake up, make coffee, check your phone and then get ready for work. So in this example maybe you leave your journal next to your coffee maker and you sequence your journaling after your coffee. Now your new routine is to wake up, make coffee, journal, check your phone and then get ready for work.

III. Rewards

Finally, there is the reward. This helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future. Rewards can range from food or drugs that cause physical sensations, to emotional payoffs, such as the feelings of pride that accompany praise or self-congratulation.

To continue with our example from the “Routines” section: If caffeine is your thing, make that the reward. You do your journaling while the coffee is brewing but don’t allow yourself to drink any java until you finish your journaling. That’s your reward. If you are journaling in the evening and enjoy a glass of wine then maybe that’s your reward. Or maybe it’s a bite of chocolate. We all have our preferred treat. Use that as your reward. Once the habit becomes ingrained the reward won’t be as important anymore. However, it will help you during the initial habit formation phase.

You should set small daily rewards such as the examples above for accomplishing your daily journaling practice. Additionally, you should also set a larger reward for sticking to your journaling habit consistently over the course of a fixed amount of time. We suggest the time period you use be 66 days. Why 66 days? That’s not a random number. That’s the average amount of days that scientists estimate is required to form a new habit. So figure out something a bit luxurious that you’ve been wanting for a while. Maybe it’s a new, designer bag for work, maybe it’s a new phone or gadget. Then set that as the master reward that you will buy yourself after completing 66 days in a row of your journaling practice.

IV. The Power of Belief

Our mind and spirit are not always aligned, even when we want them to be. Everything you do happily and successfully in life, you have to do while believing, truly believing, that it is the right thing to pursue. Therefore, while adopting a new habit like journaling, it is important to not only logically understand the value of the practice but to fully commit to believing in journaling and to the power that it can have to dramatically improve your life.

Here’s a visualization technique you can implement every time you finish journaling. This will help you establish and reinforce your belief around the power of journaling and align your mind and spirit around your practice:

  • Simply hold your journal close to your heart and visualize the good that will come from your practice. See your Legendary Life unfold and take place in your mind’s eye down to the smallest details. You may be surprised at how quickly and easily you achieve your goals when you commit to an unwavering belief that there is simply no other possibility to do otherwise.

You will most likely find that this visualization technique will become unnecessary once you’ve established your practice as a habit. But until then it’s a good idea to end your journaling with this simple belief exercise.

V. Final Thoughts

People tend to maintain their good habits pretty well when life is stable. However, in times of stress or in moments of difficulty, the positive habits that we worked so hard to achieve, such as exercising regularly, eating healthy or journaling, are far more vulnerable. When you experience these stressful periods, that’s the time to acknowledge what you are dealing with, remind yourself it’s only temporary and most importantly, recommit to staying consistent and prioritizing your Legendary Life journaling practice (as well as your other positive habits) as those are the times your positive habits will help you the most.

So, how do you do that? Well, one way is to connect with accountability partners via a positive, like minded community, either online or IRL (“in real life”) that will help you create and maintain your positive habits, your belief in yourself, your dreams, and your goal for Living Your Legend. Join positive Facebook groups where change seems possible, follow people and organizations that you are inspired by, and by all means connect with us and our community at Legendary Life across any and all of our platforms.

So, how do you do that? Well, one way is to connect with accountability partners via a positive, like minded community, either online or IRL (“in real life”) that will help you create and maintain your positive habits, your belief in yourself, your dreams, and your goal for Living Your Legend. Join positive Facebook groups where change seems possible, follow people and organizations that you are inspired by, and by all means connect with us and our community at Legendary Life across any and all of our platforms.