A couple of months ago I ran the New York City Marathon and spoke at the Marathon Expo. Before doing those though, I recorded this quick video on taking charge of your day. Since my last couple video blog episodes have been focusing on journaling, I thought this would be a good time to post this one.
In this video I talk about “what is your why?” or what is the reason or thing that motivates successful people? These can be a future aspiration, or a physical reminder that gets you going. For me, when I didn’t graduate from high school I kept the empty diploma case, and it was constant reminder to me of the need to strive hard and push through adversity.
In my book Three Points of Contact I refer to these things as “Bulletin Board Material” and that means you can put these things in place you’ll see them everyday and say “that’s what I’m working towards”. It doesn’t need to literally be on a bulletin board, it can be in a journal, but the point is you see it and it motivates you to keep going, especially when things get tough.
Check out the video below for more tips on making this happen. Got a “why” that keeps you going? lets hear about it!
I’ve talked about Hunt the Good Stuff before (#htgs) but for those who are not familiar with it, it’s something I picked up while attending the US Army’s Resiliency Training at University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.
The concept is simple, start your day with three points of gratitude. I write these down in my journal, but have added a few more steps which is why this video is called “Hunt the Good Stuff, Plus”. The things I’ve added are something for someone else, and then something for yourself.
Something for someone else, could be anything, it could be helping something, thanking someone, paying it forward in some way, but plan to do it and make it part of your day.
Then I thank myself for something or give myself something. Writing these things down externalizes them, and making this a daily activity produces incredible results. After only a few days you’d be amazed at how this activity changes your outlook on everything.
What are my Hunt the Good Stuff, Plus points for today? Watch the video below to find out. What are yours? I’d love to hear them, feel free to write them in them comments section below.
For episode 003 I go to the Stuttgart Haupt Bahnhof and to where it all started for my 25 year ago. Journaling is something I’ve done throughout my whole life, through the ups and the downs. It’s a great way of dealing with stress, it’s a means of meditation and a way to set goals for yourself. It is fundamental to the ACTION portion of my Three Points of Contact.
What do you use your journal for? Write in the comments, and you could win a journal that I’ll send to you from Germany. Stay tuned for episode 004 ~ Hunt the Good Stuff.
The Power of Journaling. Recorded at the Stuttgart Main Train Station (Haupt Bahnhof).
Three Points of Contact
WED, 27 JAN 2016: Greg Cheek Speaks 003, Journaling and Success, Three Points of Contact.
Thursday, 28 JAN 2016: Hunt The Good Stuff #htgs Start each day on a positive note and ready to seize the day. Three Points of Contact.
Friday, 28 JAN 2016: The Resiliency Piggy Bank. This fun activity will help you build resilience. Located in the Action section, page 19, Three Points of Contact.