As promised, we are beginning a 12-week series of “Just One Day” (JOD). The official start day is tomorrow (January 18), but I thought I’d give you a bit of a head start on the first task. If you need to catch up on some background, please see the January 5 post. You can really start the process at any time (your friends and family can join in at any point), just begin with today’s instructions first.
The journal tasks are key to your success and they are sequential, so all of those will be posted on this blog. They typically require more detail than the 140 characters of Twitter. The Twitter posts will be tagged with #JOD so people can search them and find past posts. The majority of the remaining JOD posts are not sequential, making it easy for people to join any time. (Though the intention is that the short posts compliment your dreams/wants/goals as well.)
The first thing I want you to do is to set aside just 30 minutes for yourself any time between now and Tuesday when you read the next JOD posting. You can have music playing, but no other people around and no television. Begin by labeling the top of page 3 of your journal “Dreams to Reality, My Goals”.
Leave a small margin (0.5 to 1 inch) for the left margin and begin writing on the first or second line.
The next step is the most difficult thing you’ll do during the entire process, if you do it correctly.
Begin brainstorming a list of things you’d like to do, have, be…etc. The kicker is that you may put NO restrictions on the list of items, no matter how ridiculous your adult mind thinks the ideas may be. For example, if you want to have a giraffe in your back yard, write it down. If you want to meet a rock star, put it down. If you want to make a significant contribution, even with no current means of doing so, write it down. If you want to complete an endurance event, list it.
Include maintaining items you already consider key to your success. For example, “Continue exercising three or four times per week.”
Write as much as you can. Penmanship doesn’t matter and neither does spelling. Write.
If you think you’re finished and 20 minutes isn’t up, sit and wait. If nothing else comes to mind, go forward 2 to 4 pages and write these bold-faced categories down:
(Can take a copy of this cheat sheet with you.)
Health (Overall health, fitness, nutrition, etc.)
Relationships (Good, Tense, Family, Friends)
Spirituality (This is your belief system. How you govern your life. How you treat people.)
Contributions (Making a difference – paid and volunteer)
Then, write more items on your list.
If you can’t think of more to write, just sit and let your mind wander until at least 30 minutes is up. (More time is okay.)
Number your dreams/goals/wants, leaving a bit of space to the left side of the number.
Keep the journal close to you for the next week. As new ideas pop into your head, write them down ASAP – add to your list.
Begin (or continue) your success now ~