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Week 2--Your Journal

This week, we will discuss your journal. After I met Jim Rohn at one of his seminars, I didn't know how to start to improve my life and myself. I decided that I would start by keeping a journal. I first bought a beautiful cloth covered book to use as my journal. I found that I became too selective of what I put in my journal. I didn't want to just make notes or write down phone numbers in it because I wanted it to be special. It was a beautiful book and would look great in my library. This was no good.

Next, I tried using a 3 ring binder. This would have been great, but it was too big and I didn't like taking it with me. Finally, I started to use spiral notebooks. I liked the 9 X 6 or 8.6 X 6.5 inch sizes. I have used them for about 20 years. I wish that I had stayed with the bound nice looking book like the first one that I tried. They would have looked better in my library. I would suggest that you use a nicer book. Jim Rohn sells a leather journal which is very nice, but expensive.

I use my journal for everything. It is not a day planner or a palm pilot. It is a journal. I write down ideas, write down names and phone numbers, make notes while talking business on the phone, list my goals, figure my net worth, write down directions, note appointments, make things to do lists, plan projects, and put down anything that I may want to remember. I do not try to keep everything neat and organized. I just want to keep a record. I even scribble down problems that I need to multiply or add. However, always put the date at the top of the page with the year and put the date on the page again if it is a different day.

When you are reading a book or listening to tapes, have your journal handy so that you can make notes about important things that you want to remember. If you go to a speech or seminar, take your journal for taking notes. Jim Rohn tells the story about the time he was in Carmel, California and went to church with his journal. He started to take notes during the sermon and noticed that everyone was looking at him. He said that he felt like a spy. Evidently everyone else didn't think that the sermon would have anything interesting so they left their journals at home. Use your journal to note everything worthwhile. It will become one of the most valuable sections of your library.

A suggestion made by one of the course graduates is that you save the last few pages in your journal and put a table of contents on them. When you get to the last few pages, go through your journal and list the topics with the date. Then when you want to find something in your journal, you can find it easily. I wish that I had done that with my journals. I am starting to do it now.

Using your journal is one of the key disciplines of becoming successful. Ideas are valuable. You will want to keep them. You will learn that sometimes an idea when combined with another idea can change your life. You will also find that, when you go back and read your journals several years later, you will enjoy the memories and learn from your experiences. I have found that many times I have been able to find things in my journal that I needed and I was very happy that I had written them down in my journal.

JOURNALS by Jim Rohn

"Be a collector of good ideas, but don't trust your memory. The best collecting place for all of the ideas and information that comes your way is your journal."

"The reason why I spend so much money for my journals is to press me to find something valuable to put in them."

"There are three things to leave behind: your photographs, your library and your personal journals. These things are certainly going to be more valuable to future generations than your furniture!"

"Don't use your mind for a filing cabinet. Use your mind to work out problems and find answers; file away good ideas in your journal."

These quotes are by Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher. To buy his CD entitled "How to Use a Journal", click here.
Excerpted from The Treasury of Quotes by Jim Rohn. Copyright 1994 Jim Rohn International. All rights reserved worldwide.


The Assignment for the second week.

Buy a journal. If you would like to get Jim Rohn's "How to use a journal tape, click here. Go back to the first week and make notes of the first 2 weeks in your journal. Start to use your journal today. Make an effort to put something in your journal everyday. Write down how you are doing at this time. Do you feel that you should be doing better? Do you think that this course will help you?

If you make an important phone call, put the conversation in your journal. Use your journal to record anything that may be of use later.

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