I’m starting the practice of journaling starting Monday. To be honest, I’ve already started as of Friday. But, just like starting a new diet, I figured I’d wait until Monday like a normal person.
In this book, Benjamin Hardy talks about journaling and how it can unclutter your mind. For me, my mind is going a million miles an hour. All the time. Literally, all the time. I have tons of thoughts, ideas, feelings during the day. I’m sure that’s the same for everyone out there. Sometimes I’ll get an awesome idea and forget to write it down. Want to know what happens to that idea when you don’t write it down? It’s gone forever. Bye bye. On the flip side, there are times that certain tasks that need to get done that will be on your mind. Having an outlet, such as journaling is a way to get all of the clutter out of your head ad onto paper. Yes, I’m talking note pad, pen and paper. There’s something about being able to write something down that just hits different. You have to slow things down for a little bit, take your time to write legibly and put some time and effort into what It is you’re journaling. Typing something out just isn’t the same in my opinion. For myself, I need a way to get my thoughts out of my head and onto paper to make them physical. They then become real. There’s no going back, that idea is now alive and you have to take care of it. I’m a very visual person. If I see a list of tasks that need to get done, I’m more likely to achieve them and start checking them off as completed. If I don’t see them, they rarely ever get done.
Some of the things I jot down in my journal for example are ideas for the gym, my supplement business, blog posts, etc. That’s where my mind constantly lives. Once I wake up, and the brain gets going, that’s where it always gravitates too. Seeing a task physically written down and out there in the world is a strong motivator for me to set myself up for success to make it happen. I also want to start the journaling so that when the clutter is being cleared out, it frees my mind to actually be able to come up with new ideas. Your brain is a phenomenal thing. But it can even get clogged up at times and not run at a optimal capacity. I’m trying to clear out the ‘trash bin’ in my brain and clear memory and storage space for new and creative ideas. I know that if I write an idea down. I become highly motivated, I mean HIGHLY motivated to achieve it. Not accomplishing tasks gives me a bit of anxiety. Knowing that the task is out there will cause me to set myself up to be able to accomplish whatever task it is. I now have no choice but to come up with a course of action to get that beloved check mark behind that now completed task. Drawing that check mark is one of the most fulfilling feelings in the world.
I’m not saying journaling is the key to changing your life. I’m looking at journaling as a tool that will help me with my current processes of navigating life so I can keep a clear mind to be present in the key movements and help me always striving to reach my peak potential.
Workout of the Day
A. Back Squat + HEAVY Band Tension: 1RM
B. Sumo Deadlift @80%: 5 Sets -3-5 Reps
C. GHR’s: 3 Sets – 5-10 Reps
10 Minute EMOM
100′ Sandbag Carry AHAP