Leadership Journals and How They Can Affect Your Life
Leadership journals can help us manage a world that is constantly changing; adapting to the fact that no matter how fast we move, it's difficult to process the onslaught of information streaming our way 24/7/365. Often at the end of the year, as we look back at our accomplishments, it's difficult to define exactly how we arrived at our current situation, whether that is positive or negative.
Over time, studies have shown that leaders have multiple things in common, some of the most crucial ones being learning from their mistakes, improving their methods, and adjusting to changing circumstances. For these people learning is not drudgery, rather a part of their lives. Learning is an ongoing process they embraced with each dawning day. While often the learning is simply a tidbit of information, over time, and particularly when maintaining leadership Journals (keeping track of life), crucial points can be identified.
This leads to the subject of this article, which is a leadership journal!
A journal, when used consistently, allows a person to capture the moments and essence of their day, so on self-reflection, crucial points can be discovered; such as what influenced your decision, brought a difficult task to fruition, or cause another task to be discarded. When reading your journal often we'll see small, seemingly unimportant experiences, which are actually connected and can lead to a learning moment. These moments, collectively can serve as education, making you aware of what transpired, and more open to new ideas.
When you take the time to journal, tracking your progress through life, you are better able to look at progress over time, thereby helping you plan for the future. Those who keep journals are able to focus on their strengths, illuminating weaknesses, and recognizing limitations. Taken collectively, this can help us become better individuals, increase our overall performance, and lead to becoming better leaders and more fulfilled individuals. When we reach this pinnacle (which should remain ever in front of us) we are better able to recognize and seize opportunities, avoiding those are empty promises, and concentrating on those which will come to positive fruition.
After you've have written in your journal for a length of time, it will be much easier to identify your own unique behaviors, performance and work ethic, allowing you to enhance your strengths, and refine your weaknesses.
Starting your leadership Journal
When you make a decision to begin a journal, you must make a commitment to journal daily; this doesn't need to be a large time commitment, often 5 minutes, will be all you need, however this needs to become a habit, and not a , "I'll do it when I feel like it ", activity. Studies have shown it takes approximately three weeks for a new behavior to become habitual.
There are multiple ways to implement the process, for some you might dedicate a particular time every day, be that morning noon or evening, others might simply need to add leadership journaling to their personal, TO DO list.
TRICKS and TIPS
1. This Journal is about you, and should be used for personal development, this isn't a diary where you speak about those you work or live with, it's about you as a leader, and how you control your own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, as they affect your leadership skills.
2. As your day progresses, be aware of the emotions you are experiencing, what made you feel inspired or challenged? What made you feel frustrated or angry? You'll find that over time, journaling can help you better understand yourself, and in many cases those you are leading.
3. Leadership journaling is not an exercise in grammar, simply a way for you to better understand your own strengths, weaknesses, and accomplishments. Keep your entries short, expanding where necessary, but realizing these should be used as stepping stones to memories you've experienced, and not presented to others except in rare instances, and after careful editing.
Our world is fast-paced and constantly changing, those leaders who achieve the most, staying ahead of their competition, are those who control their development, embracing life and always continue learning. Leaders take control, utilizing their time and energies, to benefit not only to themselves, but those they come in contact with on a daily basis. If you're considering a leadership journal, don't wait, start journaling today, then make stick with it at least three weeks until such time it becomes a learned behavior.
Thank you and May God bless you!
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