The following article is useful whether you are a sports coach or in the business world. We all have great ideas! Have you ever had a “REALLY good idea” and then 5-10 minutes later – *poof* – it’s gone? Journaling is the answer! It has helped me tremendously!! Read on:
Journaling and The Idea Generation By Tracy Brinkman
“If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique individual, keep a journal. Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down.
” – Jim Rohn
While sitting listening to the 2004 Jim Rohn 3 day Leadership conference in Anaheim California, Jim Rohm made that a quote and I guess the time was right because it stuck with me that time. I have tried journaling in the past but was never able to remain consistent with it. However, these days I regularly journal my thoughts, ideas, events, emotions, etc successfully. Keeping a journal helps me see where I have been; where I’m going and if I need to adjust my course along the way. It helps me see those times when emotion was getting the better of me.
Where journaling really has proved to be its weight and gold is in idea generation. Whenever I get an idea no matter how large or small I write it down. If I don’t have my journal handy (which isn’t very often) I would grab a piece of paper and write down the idea and put it in my pocket then transfer it to my journal later. These days, I keep one of those little digital voice recorders with me and when I get an idea or a thought I pick it up and click ‘REC’ and save the idea.
If you start recording your ideas the moment you get them, whether via paper/pen or digitally you will begin to get more and more ideas. Trust me I speak from experience. A short bit after I started my journal and voice recorder techniques the ideas began to flow like water.
Think Successfully & Take Action!