Five Minutes a Day That Changed My Life
Let’s be honest, the pandemic has forced many of us to slow down and take stock in many respects. However, my attempt to slow down started a few years ago. During a tough time in my personal life, my neighbor, Colleen, gave me a copy of “The 5 Minute Journal.” I stuck it on my nightstand where it collected dust for nearly a year. Fast forward to the start of my new business. I felt a bit lost…ok, I felt completely lost! I picked up “The 5 Minute Journal” and started using it each morning while I had my inaugural cup of coffee. I was completely surprised by the difference it made. The simplicity of the journal is great for a lot of reasons, but one I love the most is that is incorporates acknowledgement.
I decided that my acknowledgments would be the same every day. My plan was that they would remain so until I mastered or “became” them. I started using the journal sometime in May of 2018. That August, I started attending a women’s entrepreneur group in my neighborhood. It was there that I realized the power of intention. One of the women in the group was Sarah, a successful and well-established accounting business owner. She has more gusto that anyone I’ve met. At the end of the 2nd meeting, Sarah and I were walking out together. She said something that changed me…She said, “I just feel like you are going to make it. I find you so confident and approachable.” My jaw dropped! Would you believe that my daily acknowledgements at the time were “I am confident, resilient, and approachable!” This was a pivotal moment. It wasn’t like a lightbulb had gone off, but more like a bolt of lightening stuck. I couldn’t believe it…I was becoming my intention. Almost 2 years later, thinking of this is still encouraging.
In the journal there’s a section on each page where you answer the question, “What would make today great?” Later I started noticing that whatever I wrote down came to fruition. My answers to “What would make today great” now actually make each day great. I encourage all of my coaching clients to use “The 5 Minute Journal.” My challenge to you is the same…find yourself a good journal and start using it each morning while you have your 1st cup of coffee. Let me know in a few months how it has changed your life!