[November 17, 2018] Only persistent, committed, and intelligent people can become leaders. Without possessing these qualities, you won’t make it to the top.
Leaders are inspirational, creative, outstanding people. They not only help themselves but help the others as well. They create distinct visions, analyze new perspectives, and inspire their followers. Leadership is not about ruling over people – it is about working for the people.
To be a better leader, you must continue to self-improve. A powerful means of enhancing your leadership qualities is keeping a journal – let me explain to you why.
Achieve Your Goals
One of the best reasons to keep a leadership journal is setting goals and mapping out plans. Keeping a journal forces you to write down your intentions and set deadlines for your commitments. When you write down your goals, you plant the seeds of your evolution. Now you have an objective in mind and a deadline to respect, so you must keep yourself accountable and follow the game plan.
Track Your Progress
You will keep an updated journal, so your evolution will be easily noticeable. “Have I achieved my goal for November 17th? I see that I have not. Why?” This is a natural conversation to have with yourself while keeping track of your progress. You will not only keep yourself accountable, but you’ll also be able to stay on top of your work.
Another great reason to keep a leadership journal is venting! You can let it all out without having to scream at your colleagues, boss, friends, or partner.
Writing about emotions may easy stress and trauma, according to Dr. Robb-Nicholson, leading researcher at Harvard Health. He believes that writing can be regarded an intellectual process that could help anyone break out of his or her shell and exit the mental cycle of endless thoughts and emotions.
Increase Your Creativity
Choose a special day once a week to let your thoughts flow endlessly on paper. Write down everything that goes through your mind. Be creative, be inspired, let everything go, and focus solely on writing. It’s been proven that writing down random, creative concepts and beliefs will train your brain to have an incredibly good flow of ideas.
Boost Your Focus
“Writing diverts our attention from trivial matters,” shares psychologist Jenny Robertson, also a part-time writer for EssayOnTime. “When we focus on this activity, our mind makes a significant effort to remain attentive. Thus, being 100% concentrated on this task could be seen as a meditation practice. It can calm us down in a second,” continues Robertson.
When writing down our feelings and emotions, we start understanding ourselves. That’s because we look at things from a different perspective. We might also figure out situations we were not able to solve before, since our horizons have expanded, and our perception angle has changed.
Improve Your Self-Confidence
Last but not least, keeping a journal augments our self-confidence – when we penetrate the outer surface and start understanding our emotions, we become aware of our strengths and weaknesses. By doing so, we feel more grounded and connected to our higher selves and become increasingly confident.
Stay creative, focus on the best leadership practices, and strive for excellence. Be motivating and inspiring! Keep a leadership journal to boost your focus and productivity, improve your self-confidence, discover your strengths and weaknesses, and achieve your desired goals. Good luck!