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Journaling for Success

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You only learn when you review and reflect on your failures and successes. Journaling is the single, most powerful, easiest means of ensuring that you develop your leadership daily.

Hi there. This is the advantage podcast. We're hacking the art and neuroscience of expert leadership so that you can unstuck your true potential in life and work. I'm Dr John Kay, I'm your host and welcome to this episode. journaling for success. It's what compaint leaders do. Have you noticed that all the famous had mired leaders write an autobiography or a book about leadership? Amazing how they seem to recall as hundreds of stories in so much specific detail. Or perhaps it's not amazing, but a simple case of keeping a journal easy. Interesting is that leaders who keep a journal are vastly more likely to be admired leaders than those who do not keep a journal, and the latter they aren't even famous. The purpose of this guide is because you only learn when you review and reflect on it, failures and successes. journaling is the single most powerful, easiest means of ensuring that you develop your leadership daily. You'll learn what happens inside your brain when you review or reflect on something that occurs and how you can use this hack successfully to assist your own learning and volor. At the end, there's a template for you to put this hack into practice in your life and after just a few days of keeping your journal you...

...will quickly begin to change UN wanted behaviors and reinforce those that you wish to keep. Discipline and continuing will be humanly Ben Efficient. Why Joan? Well, so, maybe you don't want to be famous, but I'm pretty certain that you would like to be and admired them right to journal. In My coaching practice, those leaders who keep a journal a fair leadership journey accelerate their careers between five and ten times those who resist journal keeping. After five years they earn eight times as much. They have typically climbed three seniority levels. They have happier, more stable marriages. Their children score better in tests and exams. They are also feel less stressed. Now we have been unable to Causally Link Journal keeping the success, by the correlation is a little too powerful to ignore. What then, if you do in or this advice? Let me remind you of a quache from Dr John C Maxwell. Leadership developed daily, not in a day. You're going to have to put some work in. How often have you smack yourself on the forehead with it and do as you realize that you already you the answer to something all that there was a better way to do what you just did, whether you smack yourself literally or metaphorically, but I'm guessing that it's more than once twice. Your brain is like a muscle. If you don't use it, it starts to actrophy and...

...waste today and just like a muscle, you can use it more and it grows and develops. When you deliberately learn and peat things, Your Bay Brain remembers more and recalls information more easily. If you don't general, you're not repeat, reviewing and reflecting what happens in your life, so only those memories that are most highly charged, emotionally good or about our most readily accessed recalled, whether they are appropriate or not, and your behavior is likely to default to whatever you've got away with last time. Maybe that is the best thing to do. Only you will know that. To have a little peek inside your brain of what happens when you journal, there is a fabulous connection between writing and your retention of information. In large part, it appears that when we write we are drawing words on paper that must engage how the thinking brain, memory, emotions and physical motor skills. It's a whole brain activity. It's a demanding activity on the and one that requires focus. It's nion impossible to write and do something different at the same time to make texting and driving is so deadly. Focus is demanding, but it's also very useful for deliberate learning. When we write a journal, with deliberately seeking instances in memory and translating them into a coherent sense making scenario or story. That is, we...

...are reflecting on what happened, why and with whom, and making sense of it. We also review what was good and what was not so good about an activity which attaches emotions to the memory, and writing promotes comprehension and retention of information. Meantime, as we reflect, review and right we are repeating a revised version of the events and attaching the emotions to that event. In memory terms, the more powerful the emotions, for more readily that memory will be available to send the future. When we learn something, synapses fire and make connections in the brain. By repeating those same connection making processes we make those connections stronger. How neurons grow and adapt and change and make access to repeated memories and more emotionally charged memories with the strongest connections which makes them readily accept accessible. In short, journey is a process of being deliberately mindful in a reflection of recent events, making sense of and considering alternative courses action for improvement. The process of journaling is helping you remember significance from otherwise Monday matters and drawing out lessons from your experience fresh in your life and mind, all of which means you were better at remembering when you need to remember and being able to quickly consider alternative courses of action to apply to current or future situations and choose the best available option. So My Advice Start Keeping Journal today,...

...and this is how what's better today. He is both a singular most powerful thing you can do to change your own life hand a whole lot of you can have with other people. When you are asked to review your own performance, it's more than eighty five percent likely that you will focus on the negative aspects. You are well aware of the things that you do less than well. If I asked you about what happened this week, you could easily regale all the negative things about work, your boss, your staff, your life. But what did you do this week? Now was good. The world has filled with bad news. Things are not going as well as they could, whether it's the economy, a scandal, pandemic, a disaster, good news. Rarely it's the headlights. In the same way, criticizing ourselves is easy, edifying, building up ourselves truthfully is more difficult, and it's important that you are truthful to yourself. This is not that great work of fictions you create when you apply for a new job. It's the things in your life that are better today than they were yesterday. What's better today? Tell me three things that are better to day than they were yesterday for you. You struggling, most people do, and I wish you could see your face as you try to answer it. So try this instead. Ask US have...

...two questions. What did you learn to day? Oh, yesterday, this is progate. What did you learn and what did you enjoy? Now again, somewhere, simply use what's better to day at a short and for these two questions. If you'd like to have some fun with it, and the net person you meet today ask them what's better today. See, it's common practice greet people with variations of how are you? Most of the time you'll here okay, good, thanks. Occasionally get an organ recitaled bound. My legs been playing at the back is aching. That to me was upset. I had headache. Did you really want to know? See, there are many people that you know who readily snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Instead, greet everyone with what's better today? Watch the response. Encourage them with the two questions, if needed. What did you learn yesterday? What did you enjoy yesterday? Keep doing it. People around you will look forward to seeing you, will light up the room when you walk in. People will be drawn to you as a positive light and otherwise and dark world that you'll feel good. You will be one of a few people who was always statching victory from the jaws of defeat. A Journal is simply a self review on a daily basis. Ask yourself what's better today? No, down three things or more that you enjoyed or learned, or things you did to check age and one thing you want to improve and overall, what you're doing are...

...write it down, speak it to yourself. You are giving yourself a feedback sandwich, nourishment for your learning and growth. Write it down in your Journal and daily, go through it once a week and once an unfam wants a quarter, then once a year, and when you do this, as you write your journal, you become a little freer with it. Keep actionable notes that act actionable. A is something to apply, but a note against it something you want to apply or continuing applying in your life. See Change, something you want to change, tea something you want to teach or should teach other's. This will reaffirm your learning and growth and show you when and how things actually changed for you. Then you can teach others what you did for them to learn and grow. Maybe even write your memoirs. If you take nothing else from my coaching, please take this. Test it out this week, just one week. See what happens. The general template is simple and straightforward. What's better today? Your Journal Template? What three or more specific things that I have done well? What if I learned? What if I enjoy it? Remember those two questions. What is one thing, how many things, one thing I could do that would have the greatest effect on my performance now, the greatest improvement? What is the one thing I could do...

...better? And overall, what am I doing well? You can go to the show notes. You've got all of this available to you. The what's better today feedback. Sandwich template is available for you to download and use. I've got some links to some terrific articles that help you understand even more about how we learn, what happens in the brain, what happens about writing, why writing improves your brain, improves muscle memory and someone and so forth. But just please do remember there's only one thing you need to do, and it is possibly the only thing you ever need to do, to improve your leadership, and that is keep a journal every day. Yeah, and if you don't keep it every day that it's okay. It's your journal. You can catch up or you can skip a day. It's entirely up to you, but what I would recommend is that you endevor to every day on a regular basis. Morning, after noon, evening, doesn't matter. Ask yourself what's better today? What three specific things have I done better today then I did yesterday? What's one thing I would do to improve and overall, what's going on? Ask other people the same question and teach those to others. Share this with others. It is the single most powerful thing anybody can do to be a better leader and make their mark. Be Greatly blessed. I'll see you next time. Thanks for listening to this addition of the advantage podcast.

I've been your host, Dr John K do get in touch at leadership advantagecom bing out and be greatly blessed.

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