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Day 9: Reflect

Today's Prompt:

If you haven’t already, find notepad, journal, folder of sticky notes – you get the idea – and write down your reflections on the first three days of action. You can set up an electronic document if you prefer typing to writing, but we highly recommend hand-writing. 

Let us know any additional suggestions you have for journal topics, or share your reflections with us in the comments section of Day 4’s post at www.30dod.com.

Today is all about reflection, specifically through the process of journaling. (Find out why both are so important by watching Daniel Rubin’s TEDx talk about the Power of Rest and Reflection[1].)

Our world is increasingly bombarding us with distractions – social media, news, every type of alert signal from our cell phones, social plans on top of work commitments on top of social plans. Building time into your schedule for distraction-free thought is very important if you want to be successful in your business endeavors.

For most of 2017, I (Casey) have been leaving my cellphone in my living room before getting ready for bed and not checking it until I’ve completed my morning routine. (We’ll get into more details about routines later in the 30 Days). And I’ve built at least ten minutes of journaling into my morning routine.

This has had significantly positive results. I feel more clear and intentional throughout the rest of the day if I start by thinking about recent events and my goals for the day ahead. Of course, if you’re not a crazy morning person like me, this may not suit you. But I do strongly encourage you to journal several times per week, especially during the remaining portion of these 30 Days.

If you don’t take my word for it, check out Leo Babauta’s post on Zen Habits[2] about journaling every day.

Some topics that I journal about:

  • What am I grateful for? (I tend to write about what I am grateful for every day. Repeating what I am grateful for each day grounds me.)
  • What has motivated me the past few days, or why have I been lacking in motivation?
  • Have I met anyone who has challenged me? Is there anyone I’d like to connect or reconnect with?
  • When was I most happy yesterday?
  • What, if any, conflicts did I encounter, and how did I resolve them?

Some topics I encourage you to write about (in addition to the above):

  • How have you found the 30 Days program so far?
  • What, if any, challenges do you foresee with your idea?
  • Were any of the potential competitors that you found particularly motivating? What is it about them that sparked your interest?
  • Regarding your vision that we discussed, where do you see yourself (physically, in what location) in a few years? Where would you like your idea to take you around the world, or are you happy living where you are?
  • What is your ideal day? Can your business idea fit into that somehow?

[1] The Power of Rest and Reflection. Perf. Daniel Rubin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2GjmmbvfYY

[2] Babauta, Leo. “Zen Habits : Breath.” Zen Habits RSS. https://zenhabits.net/daily/. 27 Jan 2017

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