Gain Confidence, Clarity, and a Sense of Purpose Through Your Daily Routine

Gain Confidence, Clarity, and a Sense of Purpose Through Your Daily Routine - Jeff Heggie Success Coach

Life is busy. Every day our urgent task list seems to get longer and longer, making you feel further and further away from your dreams.

With so much going on and with so many responsibilities, how can you ever move forward toward your goals?

If you don’t intentionally create the systems and routines to design the life that you want, then eventually you’ll realize that you’re living the life you’ve accepted – wondering where all the time went.

By implementing some simple success habits and being committed to them, you can change the entire trajectory of your life.

World-Class Routines

In the book, The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy says, “The key to becoming world-class in your endeavors is to build your performance around world-class routines. It can be difficult, even futile, to predict or control what will show up in the middle of your workday. But you can almost always control how your day starts and ends.” He calls this, “Book-Ending Your Day.”

Reading that, nearly 12 years ago, has been a game changer for me and I’ve included it in the strategies I’ve shared with thousands of people since then.

By establishing a daily routine that you commit to every morning and every evening you will have more confidence, clarity, and sense of purpose.

There are many important pieces in an effective routine. These include everything from the time you wake up, never hitting snooze, hydration, staying off your phone, meditation, etc.

I’m not going to go into all the details of that. I’m going to focus on one specific part of my routine, which is included in my Mindset Journal.

To begin with, I want to show you why I’ve structured it as I have.

The Benefits of Journaling

To begin with, journaling itself is incredibly beneficial. Journaling can increase:

  • Creativity
  • Clarity
  • Decision-making
  • Gratitude, and so much more.

In The Elevated Leader, Ryan Gottfredson says that journaling is one of the most effective exercises in activating and strengthening a positive mindset.

Journaling is a powerful tool to prime yourself for a successful day.

Goals

Earl Nightingale said, “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. It’s that simple.”

If you want to achieve your dreams, you need to know where you are going, make definite decisions, and have definite plans.

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill outlines the following process by which you can achieve any goal (he uses money in this example):

  • Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you want.
  • Determine exactly what you are willing to give in exchange for the money you desire.
  • Establish a definite date you will have the money you desire.
  • Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once whether you feel ready or not. Write out a clear and concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire. Include the time limit for its acquisition.
  • State what you intend to give in return.
  • And describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
  • Read your written statement aloud two times daily.

It’s important to have clearly defined goals and make them part of your daily routine.

We Become What We Think About

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.”

How does this work?

Let’s first ask, how do you evaluate your life, your feelings, things that are happening around you, and the decisions you make? It’s all done through a process of asking and answering questions of yourself.

If thinking is the process of asking and answering questions, that means, if you want to make any changes in your life, you should change the habitual questions that you are asking yourself. The questions you ask yourself dictate what you focus on and therefore how you think and feel.

This is where your Reticular Activating System (RAS) comes into play. The RAS is a network of nerves at the base of your brain. The significance of the RAS is the function it controls. It makes sure that your brain doesn’t have to deal with more information than it can handle. It’s the filter, or gatekeeper of information that it lets in. It takes all of the information you are receiving and decides for you if it’s something that’s important or not.

Have you ever bought a new shirt that you’ve never seen before, and then all of a sudden noticed other people wearing the same shirt? Is it just coincidence that you bought this new shirt and so did a bunch of other people in your area? No, those shirts were there before, they’ve just become something that is important to you now. Your RAS now recognizes this as something that’s important to you and brings it to your attention.

Ask Better Questions

When you change the habitual questions that you are always asking yourself, your RAS recognizes those questions as something important to you and will find your answers. When a study was conducted on successful people and they were compared to people who had less success, it was found that the biggest difference was that successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.

This is not just powerful when we are looking at our future or setting goals, this is powerful knowledge that helps us in many areas of our lives. We recognize that questions are the quickest way to change our focus.

Let’s take for example a person who is always asking themselves disempowering questions. “What’s the use?” “Why even try? Why doesn’t anything ever work out for me?”

How different would things be if that person consciously changed the questions they were asking. “How will this benefit me?” “What could be good about this? What can I learn here?”

If you can develop the habit of recognizing the questions you are asking yourself, when you ask yourself disempowering questions you will recognize it and can make the change immediately.

Our Brains Will Give Us Whatever We Ask For

What you think about is what you become. When you become more consciously aware of your thoughts and the questions you are asking yourself, you can create the life you want. A more powerful life.

This is how you can change your mindset and find opportunities when it seems like there may not be any.

If the goal is to control the habitual questions that you are asking yourself so that you can create a bigger future, I want to show you how you can go about that?

Mindset Journal from Jeff Heggie

The Mindset Journal

I took all of this information and created the Mindset Journal to use as part of my daily routine.

You can get your Mindset Journal on Amazon, or go to https://jeffheggie.com/mindsetjournal to order it and get your bonuses too.

I’m going to show you how you can use the Mindset Journal as part of your daily routine.

The Mindset Journal: Top Priorities, Tasks, and Calendar

On the left hand side of the page there’s an area to list all of your daily tasks. At the top of the list is an area to list your top priorities.

Next to these lists is your daily calendar. It’s important to move your top priority items over onto your calendar so that they are scheduled to be completed during the day.

Morning Routine:

The Mindset Journal: Goals

Begin each morning by writing out your top goals.

As you write your goals out every day, you’re telling your RAS that they are important to you. Your RAS will help you to recognize anything that is going to help you to achieve those goals.

The Mindset Journal: Morning Mindset Questions

Each morning go through these seven Mindset Questions to help prepare you for the day.

To me, the first two questions are the most important:

  1. What am I grateful for today?

I have this as the first question because daily gratitude is a powerful tool for success and peace in our lives.

  1. What is one thing I can do today that will take me outside of my comfort zone?

Think of a time that you had to do something that was outside of your comfort zone. You probably didn’t like doing it. But the next time you did it, you were more comfortable, more confident, and it was easier to do.

If you are looking for opportunities every single day to step out of your comfort zone, then every single day your comfort zone is expanding and so is your overall level of confidence.

The Mindset Journal: Accountability

The final question in your morning routine is, “What’s the ONE THING I will commit to do today that will get me closer to my bigger goal?”

Every single day you need to be accountable for taking actions that will help you achieve your bigger goals. Otherwise it is too easy to get busy with the less important, but urgent tasks and let them fill your day.

The Mindset Journal: Notes & Journal

Each day there is a page and a half to use for your own notes and journaling.

If you would like more information on effective journaling strategies, I would suggest learning more from Dr. Benjamin Hardy (https://benjaminhardy.com). He even offers a course on journaling.

Evening Routine:

The evening routine of the Mindset Journal can be easy to skip, but DON’T! This is important.

The Mindset Journal: Evening Schedule Review

Review your schedule and tasks from the day you just completed.

Move anything that you need to over to the following day.

Review your tasks and schedule for the following day so that you will be prepared without any surprises the next morning.

The Mindset Journal: Evening Mindset Questions

These are six questions to help you review your day, celebrate your victories, and be accountable to your morning commitments.

The Mindset Journal (https://jeffheggie.com/mindsetjournal) is designed for your success!

When if comes to success habits, it has been said that they are the easy things to do, but they are also the easy things not to do.

I challenge you to make this part of your daily routine for 30 days. I’m confident that it will be a powerful and worthwhile exercise in discipline, confidence, and clarity.

Published by D. Jeff Heggie

Father, Husband, Coach & Entrepreneur

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