Isn’t keeping a success journal extra work? I mean, after hours of writing, who wants to crack open a diary and write even more?
Valid questions, all—and that’s what I thought, too. I first learned about the concept of a success journal at a seminar by T. Harv Eker, a motivational speaker who has helped millions of people attain financial freedom.
The concept is simple, really: every day, write down the 5 biggest successes you had that day.
That’s it. Simple, but powerful.
So I bought myself a notebook, and each evening, I would mentally review my day and write down every positive thing I could think of.
I am not exaggerating when I say that the first week I kept a success journal, I became a success junkie. I actually started going out of my way to do things just so I could write them down. Talking to people I wouldn’t normally talk to. Taking business risks I wouldn’t normally take. I made a little game out of it, and soon I felt like I was in a competition with myself, always striving to outdo yesterday’s accomplishments.
Thought of a great way to describe a setting? Write it down. Opened up a brand-new author Twitter page? Write it down. Made a decision on the name for a character? Write it down! No success is too small.
And believe me, it helps to know you’re not alone when you’re working to achieve your dream.
But it gets better. You see, once you’ve been working on your novel for a while, you’ll be able to go back and look at what you accomplished in earlier days, and marvel at how far you’ve come.
In fact, that would probably be your next journal entry: “Check out how far I’ve come!”