Hey guys and gals!
Today I’m going to show you how to use the Bullet Journal system to change your life.
Basically the way life works is that the things you do beget the results and circumstances you have and, unless you’re someone VERY peculiar, that maybe doesn’t sit well with you. If you’re like me, in fact, there’s things you want to change about your current situation. Maybe even significant things!
So how do you do that exactly?
Einstein famously said that the surest sign of insanity is “ …doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Basically; if nothing changes, nothing changes. I know deep, right?
If what you’re doing got you the results you have, and you’re not happy with those, then you have to change something that you’re doing. And if you want to do that you first have to know what you’re already doing, then you have to decide what to change, then you have to hold yourself accountable to it. And that’s where the Bullet Journal comes in.
For me, mine has become instrumental in my personal growth journey. I have my overarching ideal that I am striving towards…
I have my monthly tracker of the things necessary to grow myself and my business, and it has showed me that through the months of September and October I wasn’t NEARLY as productive as I thought I was. You see, humans are remarkably adept at misleading themselves. The trap I was falling into was two-fold, on one hand I was telling myself “OF COURSE I did everything necessary to grow my company today…” And when I knew for sure that I had dropped the ball that day I’d tell myself “Well that’s alright, It’s only one day and I’ve been going SO hard lately…” Imagine my surprise when I began intentionally tracking my work habit and found that I had been fooling myself!
It is only upon honest and intentional self reflection that we can identify our flaws and imperfections and begin smoothing them out. Tracking in the BuJo is an incredibly effective way to facilitate that.
For the month of November I am going in consciously aware of the changes I need to make to my daily work habit if I honestly want to achieve my goals, so I can begin the month set firmly on the right path.
Because I want to pursue higher levels of excellence in all areas of my life I have had to utilize some sort of format of intentionally tackling that.
I use 6 Week Challenges to accomplish this.
The mistake many people make, and the myth that kills so many attempts at improvement, is that you just need willpower. WRONG! Willpower is an incredibly finite resource and relying on it is a sure fire way to fail at your goals and totally kill your self-image (and ultimately set yourself on a really negative track if not corrected.) So what you have to do is use your willpower to focus on a tiny number of things and hit them repeatedly until they become habit. Habit is basically autopilot for your brain, once that kicks in you need FAR less willpower to maintain it.
The basic idea is that if you go into the woods with an axe and you want to chop down 100 trees, and you take one swing at each tree in turn, or even five swings, you will eventually exhaust yourself and none of them will really be all that changed. But if you focus on one at a time, you can fall several with the same amount of effort.
So as you can see, I have a few areas where I want to develop better habits, and a simple tracker to ensure I am accountable to my decision. Now this is my second challenge, and my biggest goals dove-tail off the first set I had. So for the last 6 weeks I have built a habit around going to the gym and doing the bare minimum while I’m there. For this challenge I will be building a habit of doing a few simple exercises while there, slightly altering the original habit to make it more effective.
Same goes with diet, last challenge I simply cut out pop, this challenge I’m still cutting out pop, but I’m also avoiding fast food as well.
My savings goal has been carried over and evolved a little, and I have a new one centered around brushing my teeth because, as embarrassing as it is to admit, I’m not always as consistent as I want to be in that area.
Because I have taken the time to create at least a vague notion of what kind of result I want in my life, I have been able to create a vague idea of the kind of man I need to be to achieve them. By utilising my BuJo in the ways outlined above I am able, slowly and steadily, to begin fleshing those out and bringing them to fruition.
Thus; changing my life.
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