Can you picture a place where only positive thoughts are allowed?
A place where, no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot fail?
Where you can write down any goal and be on your way to achieving it within minutes?
Where you are allowed to truly express yourself?
A place where you can fully realize who you are supposed to be?
That place may seem as far off as Wonderland, but in-fact, it’s completely within your grasp. And it lies between the front and back pages of a wonderful book.
Your Treasure Journal.
What Is A Treasure Journal?
It is a simple and effective tool that helps you form good, daily habits that help you work towards any goal: spiritually, emotionally, physically or professionally.
Put simply; it is a book that helps you create a stronger connection with yourself, the world around you and the elements in the world that are bigger than you.
Each journal works around four ‘tabs’, which are the essential pillars of self-development:
- Goal Setting
Some of these involve reading, some involve writing and others involve exploration of your own mind.
But all of them lead to one, vital, thing:
A clear life’s purpose.
Let’s take a look at how each section breaks down:
Tab #1: Affirmations
You are what you think you are.
Each day, you repeat affirmations to yourself that ingrain negative beliefs in your psyche:
- ‘I am fat’
- ‘I’ am poor’
- ‘People just don’t like me’
- ‘I am not worth it’
- ‘That will never happen or happen to me’
And, every time you tell yourself any number of these affirmations, you slowly start to believe it.
As the old saying goes, “If you tell someone something enough, they start to believe it”.
With this first section of the Treasure Journal, you focus on reciting positive affirmations to yourself. Telling yourself the complete opposite of the negative thoughts you’ve bestowed upon yourself all these years.
If you want to find out more about affirmations, and which ones work for you, you can find them in my free eBook, at the bottom of this page you will see the link.
Tab #2: Thankfulness
Benjamin Franklin once said, “[You] never appreciate the value of water, until the well runs dry”.
And, if you look at your life each day, you’re not always thankful for everything you have.
You take for granted the magic that is the cell phone. You complain about the majesty of flying. You just assume that water will always run out of the tap. And, you argue with the people around you over trivial things.
Section 2 is all about changing that.
By practicing gratitude, for even a little as 5 minutes a day, you’re shown to be 25% happier.
With this section, you’ll focus on practicing gratitude and being thankful for even the smallest parts of your life.
Tab #3: Goal Setting
Goal Setting is integral to the process of personal development. Because, in the words of Earl Nightingale: “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going”.
This section is split into two processes:
- Defining a clear goal
- Repeatedly reread them
In the same way that affirmations repeatedly ingrain your self-beliefs; rereading your goals each day allows for the deep ingraining of your goals.
In turn, causing you to make decisions and act in accordance with what is important for your goals.
Tab #4: Meditation
In recent years, meditation has been scientifically proven to lower stress.
The Journal of Health Psychology shows that meditation is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone called cortisol.
A study completed at Santa Barbara State says, “Our results suggest that cultivation mindfulness is an effective and efficient technique for improving cognitive function with wide reaching consequences.”
Meditation is a good habit to be in, and if you’ve ever tried it, you can attest that you feel: calmer, more centred, self-aware and with a greater connection to yourself.
This habit requires effort, but it pays huge dividends over time.
A Little Effort Goes A Long Way…
Reading all of this might sound like you’ve got a whole school curriculum worth of work.
And, although that is an option; I’m basing my son’s home schooling around the whole book – you don’t need that much time to do it.
However it does require a few things from you to work effectively:
If you trust in the book, and are able to focus yourself for 10-15 minutes each day, and make the conscious effort to apply these methods, you will reap all the rewards this book provides.
Because if there is one golden rule when it comes to personal development, regardless of whether you want to lose weight, or get a promotion at work, it would be this:
You can’t change without effort.
If you were to sit back, take a back seat and just hope that everything will work out all right, it won’t.
Change doesn’t happen in the world around you, it happens inside of you. And, to live a happy, fulfilled life, that’s going to require effort on your part.
Want to start your own journey? Begin with my 300 Free Affirmations download, to really kickstart your life’s journey.