#031: Why You NEED to Keep a Journal

What happened to you is not nearly as important as the meaning you assign to it.

Arguably the most important part of the learning process is reflection. But it is the one piece that is almost universally skipped over. For achievers, like me, we want to get onto the next task, the next goal, the next project and we sacrifice the valuable fruit of reflecting and processing in our rush to the next accomplishment.

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We rarely take the time to evaluate and reflect on projects. However, even more important then reflecting on projects is reflecting on our daily lives. Without it we can get caught up in The Drift and start to wander through our lives.

Journalling is an essential habit that allows us to reflect on our daily lives. It allows us to recognize and process the hard learned lessons that we often face. It allows you to get in touch with who you truly are, allowing you to make better connections.
Here are seven benefits of journalling:
  1. Process events
  2. Clarify thoughts
  3. Understand context and connections
  4. Notice feelings
  5. Connect with my emotions
  6. Pull out major lessons
  7. Ask great questions

Journalling has not come easy to me. I have known the value of it for years but have struggled to make it a regular practice. In this week’s podcast I talk about my struggles with journalling and how you can make it a regular part of your life.

How can I create the habit of journalling:

  • Use a template – I use a very simple template when I journal. It helps reduce the friction of not knowing what to write about. Now, when I sit down to journal I just answer the questions in my template.

Snap Connections – Using Snapchat to Connect with Members

Working on developing your Facebook and Twitter strategy for reaching your students?

DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME

Ok, Facebook and Twitter have their place, but if you really want to connect with students you need to take a look at Snapchat.

What is it?

The fastest way to describe it is a platform to quickly share pictures and short videos with people that disappear within 10 seconds.

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Why do you want to use it?

For starters, it’s a fast growing platform for 13–20 year olds. Another reason, it’s delivered right to their phones and is almost guaranteed to be opened by them.

But the real reason is the connection it creates. Snapchat was built for connecting with friends through silly selfies, a way to spread laughs and smiles. With a little imagination you can create that same friendship relationship with your members.

Your main purpose for all social media SHOULD BE to add value.”

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#030: How to Go From Resolution’s to Actual Change

On January 1st all over the world people made and committed to New Year’s Resolutions. It’s now January 9th and most have already given up on them. Are you one of them?

I hate New Year’s Resolutions. I love the idea of committing to improvement, and as you know am a big believer in growth and development. But the way the majority of people go about setting resolutions sets them up for failure. We focus too much on the outcome and spend no time thinking about the process.

It’s time that we all stop falling prey to the resolution’s mindset and instead create actual change in our lives through habits and The Snowball Effect. 

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Making massive improvements can be overwhelming. There comes a point when developing any skill or improving on a technique that the amount of time to make an improvement increases exponentially. Often focusing in and spending that time just isn’t worth it. It would be better to broaden your gaze slightly and improve multiple areas by 1%.
Achieving a goal is not some big event, it is a process. One that happens every day in the choices that you make.
Make small little steps every day. It’s the discipline of making the right choices that gives you a compounding effect. It’s the little actions that get the snowball rolling.
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Here is how to put The Snowball Effect to work for you: