The Power of Journaling: 5 questions to ask yourself every day

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You’ve been working hard at your business. And you love it. But also, there’s that nagging voice in the back of your head “why aren’t you doing more?” or even worse “what if you’re doing it wrong?”

That nagging voice can easily cause the smartest and most competent women to make unwise fear-based decisions. But what if you had a way to banish that voice even when it’s at its worst? 

Well, good news! Your solution is here in the form of a 99 cent notebook, a pen and a willingness to be honest with yourself.

Use these five simple questions daily to take your take the power away from your fears by wrestling them down onto the page. From there you will be able to tailor make solutions to your problems and track your growth.

1. What are my three biggest concerns about my business today?

2. What is one action 
I took today to advance my goals?
3. What is one thing I could have done better?

4. What is one thing I will do 
tomorrow to improve on my work today?
5. What was my biggest victory today?

Question one allows you to clear out your fears and access your higher thinking. A study by Drs Sian Beilock and Gerardo Ramirez of the University of Chicago found that students who briefly wrote out their worries before a test significantly boosted their test scores. Writing down their worries freed up the brainpower that was devoted to those worries. Imagine how much you could accomplish with more brainpower at your disposal.

Question two allows you to keep track of the positive actions you are making towards your goals. Business women are always so busy that it is easy for us to forget the ways we are moving forward every day. Next time you are feeling discouraged, you can flip through past entries and see everything you have done. And if you have lost track of something important, your written record will be there to remind you to pick up that dropped action. 

Questions three and four are an excellent way to examine yourself and your actions and see what fine tuning you can do day to day to reach your goals faster. This is not a chance to beat yourself up. Instead, pretend you are a scientist and your day is an experiment. What is one element of the experiment that could be done better?

Question five is perhaps the most important. It is a chance to celebrate your successes, big or small. Whether you landed a new client or you got through a really tough day without going off and joining the circus, celebrate your daily wins.

Using these questions daily will make sure your business goals are always top of mind. They also allow you to look back on how far you’ve come.  I bet as you flip back through your answers you’ll be amazed at all the things you’ve accomplished that you completely forgot about and 
you’ll become inspired to keep forging ahead.
I am a writer and business person. My areas of expertise are business, storytelling, empathy, communication, comedy & interpersonal relationships.

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