Closing thoughts on 2015

The year 2015 has been a year of new things and breakthroughs for me. I started a new business (real estate). I’ve been focusing on developing new habits.

In the past few weekfive minute journals–about the last three months of 2015– I’ve started something called The Five-Minute Journal. For those of you not familiar with this little book, the Journal is a guided journal, designed I think for people that have never done journaling before, or otherwise need prompts to guide them in their journaling activity. I fall into the last category.

I really do need something to get me going with my journaling. The Five-Minute Journal has been than tool. It’s become a daily routine or habit. Looking ahead to 2016, I can see that this something I will be doing regularly.

The first section of the Journal is a how-to. How to complete each days entries. They are identically the same for each day. You do the journal first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. In the morning: Three things I’m grateful for, three things that would make the day great, and daily affirmations. In the evening: Three amazing things that happened today and things that could have made today better.

After doing my journaling for the first few weeks, it was the last item that started giving me trouble. How could I have made today better? The first few weeks, I was picking on myself! After a couple of weeks of doing this, I came to the conclusion that each day was just a “good” as I could make it. I really couldn’t go back and consider things I could have done to “make today better”. So I decided to begin doing an identical entry each day in answer to this question. My answer? “Today was perfect.” What else could it be?

Each day is what you make it. No point going back and trying to fine tune it in retrospect. Each day is perfect. I don’t have the ability to go back and change it, so why dwell on it?

Each day there is something to be grateful for. Often I find more than three things, so I’ll scribble in a fourth or even a fifth! I very often have some small goals or tasks to achieve each day that, having achieved them, it would make my day great! Again, often I find more than three, so I’ll fill up the white space with numbers four and five.

Daily affirmations? Each day in The Five-Minute Journal has a quote. Quite often that quote will give me an idea — for something to be grateful for, for something that would make today great, or an affirmation. My global affirmation for each day is, “I am kind and wise and prosperous.”

Do you journal? Do you have a daily affirmation? Please share in the comments if you like.

And have prosperous 2016.

Gerry.