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The 5 Minute Journal Review!

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The 5 Minute Journal Review!

For years I used to search the Internet looking for ways that I could get the most out of every day, or advice on how I could improve myself in both my personal and professional life, and what was the best way to keep on track with my goals and dreams for the future.

I did write ‘every day’ as the answers varied and changed with every article I read or video that I watched.

Then I read the wonderful book Leading an Inspired Life written by motivational speaker/entrepreneur Jim Rohn, and I was introduced to the wonderful habit of journalling. When I decided to invest in myself and make journalling a daily habit, it helped me to transform and change my life in ways that I could never have dreamed of.

Questions To Ask Yourself:

Do you want to take control of your life? Do you want to continue on the same path that you are currently on, or do you want to have a clear and exciting roadmap for your future? And finally, are you willing to invest just 5 minutes a day on yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I am genuinely excited and happy what I am about to share with you.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

What Journal Is Right For You?

There are many different kinds of journals available today. Each one has its own benefits. Here is a collection of the different journals that I have used. The journal I am going to cover here is The 5 Minute Journal.

 

The 5 Minute Journal Review!

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you buy a Five Minute Journal, I will receive a small commission.

 

The 5 Minute Journal

Tim Ferris said this about using The 5 Minute journal: “It is one of the simplest ways that I have found to consistently ensure improving my well being and happiness. Both in terms of achievement and actual measurable, quantifiable results.”

This is high praise indeed from the author of the 4 Hour Work Week and renowned expert in personal productivity.

The beauty of The 5 Minute Journal is in its simplicity. It is beautifully designed, has a simple and highly effective layout, and yes, you only have to use it for 5 minutes a day to see life changing benefits.

 

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If you are looking for the science behind how The 5-Minute Journal can dramatically improve your life, it is because it accomplishes what psychologists call the “ABC of change.”

Here’s how:

  • A = Affective: The 5 Minute Journal primes you with powerful quotes and feelings of appreciation and gratitude.
  • B = Behavioral: The 5 Minute Journal makes writing an easy and enjoyable daily habit.
  • C = Cognitive: The 5 Minute Journal trains your mind to focus only on the positive.

 

The Morning Routine:

Every page starts with a positive and inspiring quote to start your day with a powerful positive mindset.

The first section that you fill out is the Date/Month/Year. This is really useful for looking back on the improvements that you have made, and also how your goals and priorities might have changed over time.

Then the magic really happens, The 5 Minute Journal makes the habit of journaling easy by guiding you through a list of questions and areas to fill out.

First you are asked:

What am I grateful for?

There are many benefits of practicing gratitude on a daily basis. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking the time to notice and reflect about the things that they are thankful for, experience more positive emotions; they feel more alive, sleep better and express more compassion and kindness. Gratitude does not have to be reserved for only momentous occasions: Sure, you might want to express gratitude after receiving a promotion or a pay rise at work, but you can also be thankful for wonderful the things in your life such as your health, your family and your positive mindset.

 

The more you are grateful for what you have, the more you will have to be grateful for.Zig Ziglar

 

The next section that you fill out is:

What would make today great?

This is a simple and effective way to brainstorm for ideas and activities that will keep you on track with your goals. This is also a powerful way of re-programming your brain to ‘see’ what you can do to improve your well being every day. I only write down things that I have control over. Such as,

  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes.
  • Watch less television and
  • Read for 60 minutes.

 

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The next exercise that you fill out is:

Daily affirmations. I am…

“I AM” are two powerful words, for what you put after them has the power to shape your reality.

What kind of attitudes, or characteristics would you like to further develop within yourself? Using the power of affirmations does not necessarily mean that you want to ‘change’ something from bad to good. It can also mean that you are looking to make a good quality you already like about yourself even better!

I recommend that after you write down your daily affirmation, you actually say it out loud with total belief and passion.

Here are some examples of powerful affirmations:

  • I am feeling happy and enthusiastic about life.
  • I am worthy of all things wonderful.
  • I am intentionally promoting a life filled with joy.
  • I am on the right path. I am moving in the right direction.
  • I am healthy and full of confidence.

 

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.Jim Rohn

 

The Evening Routine:

 

The next section that you fill in every evening is:

3 Amazing things that happened today…

This is a great exercise to reflect on your wins for the day. No matter how big or small, every step in the right direction is an amazing thing to happen. When you start to look out for the amazing things happening in your life you seem to attract more wonderful things, call it the Law of Attraction, call it the power of positive thinking, either way it is a powerful way to end each day.

 

Finally you are asked:

How could I have made today better?

  • Did I spend too much time watching TV?
  • Perhaps I spent a little too much time using social media?
  • Maybe I did not ring the friend or relative that I promised that I would?

This is not a question to beat yourself up with. It simply serves as a reminder to keep you focused on the things you should be doing to keep you on the right track to achieve your exciting goals and dreams for the future.

 

Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.Robin Sharma

 

I think that The 5 Minute Journal is a wonderful tool to use if you have either never used a journal before, or if you have tried journaling in the past but you just did not know what to write. The 5 Minute Journal makes journaling a fun and exciting daily habit. I cannot recommend this journal highly enough to you. I also know that if you make the investment in yourself and start using this journal, you will enjoy this wonderful daily habit and you will start to see the benefits almost immediately.

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6 Signs Of A Strong Friendship

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6 Signs Of A Strong Friendship

There is nothing quite like a strong friendship. Having someone that you can truly count on for anything and everything can completely change the way you think and feel. Unfortunately, far too often in today’s society, we seem to focus more on how many friends we have.

Or, worse, how many acquaintances we can keep in touch with via social media. But, having a true, strong friendship is something that cannot be replaced or replicated with lukewarm substitutes.

Are you already thinking about someone in your life who fits that description? Or, are you wondering if you truly have a strong friendship with one (or more) of the people who are closest to you?

While every friendly relationship is different and unique, there are some common factors associated with a strong bond and true friendship. Let’s take a look at a few of them so you can feel even more confident in your close friendships, and grow even deeper with the people in your life who truly matter.

1. Communication is Always a Priority

It is easy to talk to your friends when everything in your life is on track. Sharing laughs, light conversation, and exchanging stories are all important parts of a healthy friendship.

But, a strong friendship goes deeper. It allows you to communicate with that person, no matter what.  That includes telling them about your struggles or anything you might be going through. It also includes communicating effectively when you are not getting along.

Through proper communication, especially when things are hard, you will build trust within that relationship. Going through difficult things together will make you stronger individuals, and stronger friends.

2. You Know You Are Equals

Almost everyone has known at least one person in their lives who seems to think they’re “better” than everyone else.

Strong friendships need to be based on equality. You and your friend should always be on the same playing field when it comes to who you are and how you are living your life. If you embrace your differences and do not see one as superior, you can take comfort in knowing your friendship is sincere.

3. Respect

Even the best of friends clash from time to time. You might have similar personalities, but no two people are exactly alike.

But, if you can still show your friend respect (and receive it from them) even in times of turmoil, your friendship will be stronger than any disagreement you might have. When someone chooses to respect you even when they are upset with you, it shows that they value your relationship more than their pride.

4. You Can Be Yourself

Do you ever feel like you have to put on a show for other people? Or, are you afraid to let your true personality shine through when you are in certain crowds?

A strong friendship is one that allows you to be yourself. If there is someone in your life who truly likes you for who you are, hold onto that friendship tightly! Most people spend far too much time pretending, whether it’s online or in-person. Someone who loves your quirks and uniqueness is someone who loves you, as a person.

Honesty is also a huge part of being yourself, and a huge part of a strong friendship. Friendships should be based on trust, and that starts with being honest. Telling the truth about how you feel and what you think is important. If your friend actively listens, appreciates, and comments on that truth, you can take comfort in knowing how secure your relationship is.

5. You Experience Joy

While a true friend should be there for you during hard times, the bulk of your relationship should be joyful and fun! Again, think about that person in your life who makes you smile. Is there someone who you are always happy to be around? Does thinking about your friendship cause your heart to race?

Strong friendships should absolutely be joyful. You should find yourself laughing a lot, and being completely at ease with one another. That person may be the first one you think of when you want to experience something new or go somewhere different, just because you know that you will have more fun with them around.

6. You Respect Boundaries

No matter how great your friendship is, no two people can be together 24/7. A great friend will understand that and respect your boundaries. Alternatively, they might be going through something that they are not ready to talk about. If you can respect those boundaries, it shows them how much faith you have in your friendship.

Many people are too quick to think the term “boundaries” as being negative. But, boundaries are completely healthy and necessary in a strong relationship of any kind. Having someone in your life who respects those boundaries understands what it takes to build upon that strength. 

Having a strong friendship – even just one – can add so much to your life. Take a look at your current friendships. Is there one that stands out to you with these characteristics? If so, do what you can to continue to build and grow that strength, and make sure that friend knows how important they are to you on a regular basis.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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