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Guide: Self-Mastery Made Simple
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To the aspiring individual. Your life is about to change; from aspirations to realizations.
And I’m so excited for you!
Life is meant to be fun.Life is meant to be joyous.Life is meant to be lived.
If you're 42% more likely to achieve a goal by writing it down, gratitude journaling makes you happier, journaling boosts creativity & memory while simultaneously relieving stress & anxiety. Then there's only one explanation why over 80% of people DON'T do it.
Insert: Self-Mastery Bundle! We have successful simplified the process for you in order to help you make accomplishing your goals and living your dreams more possible than ever!
Now is your time to create the life you envision, and to enjoy every step of the way.
The Self-Mastery Journal provides you with a day-to-day action plan towards making your dreams your reality.
But not only that, it will act as your reminder that purpose, joy, and happiness aren’t to be sought in the future, rather, they are to be experienced today.
The only way to properly curate your life is to make the most of your present circumstance all along the way.
what to expect
The Self-Mastery Journal was created very strategically, for people just like you.
It's simple, clean, & effective structure assures that you'll be able to make crushing your goals a habit in no-time.
To put it simply, "Self-Mastery" consists of:
1. Learning from the past
2. Preparing for the future
3. Thriving in the present
We have curated this journal to make sure accomplishing these 3 easily becomes a part of your daily routine.
More benefits you can expect include:
More happinessClarity in your life visionJoy in the journeyDaily gratitudeSelf-confidenceMindfulness through the processEasy progress on your goalsIncreased productivityLaser-like focusControl over stress and anxietyCalmness & peaceEnhanced memoryA love for embracing challengesA better understanding of who exactly you are, and what you’re striving for.
Writing for 5 minutes a day is enough to drastically change your life.
Let SMJ be your guide and your life (mentally, physically, and professionally) will never be the same.
This guide provides details for each section and how to properly use this journal to maximize your results, but ultimately, how you choose to use it is up to you.
Step 1: understanding the self-mastery journal
Binding Commitment (Page 5)
“Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.” - Abraham Lincoln
Before you begin, it’s important to establish your commitment. The only way for you to get out of this journal what you desire is for you to commit from day one. This is your foundation to turning the life and joy you envision into your reality.
“Progress equals happiness” - Tony Robbins
As discussed earlier, you're 42% more likely to accomplish a goal if it is written down, yet over 80% of people do not do this. This is your ticket to laser-like focus and daily progress. You know the joy and purpose you're seeking to ignite within your soul? That’s not a “someday” thing. You can feel that today and it begins with goal setting.
How you speak to yourself matters. Rewire your brain with positive affirmations. Remove yourself from negativity and embrace a new pattern of thinking that will instantly impact your life. Your brain does not know the difference between false-reality and, well, reality. Telling yourself that you are the person you desire to become will allow you to be that person today.
Here are some tips:
First Person: “I am…” (The most powerful words in the English language)
Positive affirmations only
I am abundantly creative.I am grateful for who I am and can be.I am resilient and overcome all obstacles.I am grateful for every gift that I’ve been given, have now, and have yet to receive.I am full of life and filled with possibilities.
“Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things” - Rhonda Byrne
Gratitude is a skill. And just like any other skill, the more you practice it, the more developed it becomes. Ironically, the more grateful you are from what you have now, the more you will attract moving forward.
The goal isn’t to strive for a goal and only allow ourselves to be happy once it is reached, rather, to strive for a goal and enjoy the road that leads us there. Don’t let a day go to waste; Be grateful.
“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience” - John Dewey
Every day, good or bad, should be learned from. Reflecting upon it will make your path moving forward much more clear. This is how you build upon your strengths and turn weaknesses into powerful opportunities. If you desire to make the most of each day then you must be willing to learn from them.
Purpose Prompts (Journal Prompts)
“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers” - Jim Rohn
Most people aren’t very clear on their life vision, and as a result, their pathway to get there is uncertain. These journal prompts are tools for you to envision your best life/self, and put it on paper. As you do so you will find that everything is much clearer, like slightly adjusting a lens on binoculars. Each day that passes, you make the most of. Because you understand deeply where you’re going and who you need to be to get there. All-of-the-sudden waking up in the morning is a thrill, not a chore.
This section is for your thoughts and ideas. Write down ideas as they come so they don’t go forgotten. Its unique design allows you to customize it to your liking and make it your own: Use it as an hour-by-hour planner, take notes, write random thoughts, additional space for your journaling if you want to use it as such, or time-management matrix.
Step 2: How to use the self-mastery journal
This journal is to be used daily. In doing so 6 things are guaranteed to happen:
1) Mental Clarity.
2) Unrelenting Joy.
3) Masterful Drive.
4) Wake up on Fire.
5) Enhanced Productivity
6) Sense of Purpose.
It’s your life we are talking about! And journaling (although often overlooked) is one of the most powerful tools we have to embrace and thrive in the moment while working towards something bigger. And all it takes is a few minutes.
Here’s exactly how you should use the journal every single day:
2-3 Minutes Every Morning: Before you look at your phone or open your computer, open your journal and write 3 goals, your affirmation, what you are grateful for, and complete the journal prompt. This will be key to your morning routine and help you begin your day with an elevated mindset and purpose.
Throughout the day: Use the notes section extensively. As thoughts pop up in your head, instead of hanging on to them, release them by writing them down in your notes section. This is known as the “Write and Release” effect. Clear your mind by putting your thoughts, ideas, to-do’s on paper. The Self-Mastery Journal is the best memory you have.
2-3 Minutes Every Evening: To end the day (typically, I do this at the end of my workday ~5pm or right before bed), reflect upon the day. Look over today’s notes you have written and write what went well today and where you can improve, moving forward. Your notes can now be prioritized and even listed for tomorrow’s goals.
That’s it. It’s that simple! Take it with you, or leave it by your bedside - whichever works best for you.
Step 3: How to use habit-tracker mastery
“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures." - F.M. Lawrence
You’ll refer to this journal once a week.
Dedicate one day a week to plan your perfect week. Establish what this would look like and list the habits that would need to be carried out in order to accomplish it.
Notice the simplicity of habit tracker mastery. It could have included 10 habits and 10 weekly goals but having too much on your plate is just as bad as not having enough. Give yourself a sense of purpose and direction for the week.
This habit tracker solves a big issue that most planners/journal have: too much flipping back and forth between pages! Your goals get lost in the mix. It’s perforated pages allow you to put it where you need so that it will be seen:
On the fridgeTape it on your bathroom mirrorUse it as a bookmark in the Self-Mastery Journal.
The more you are reminded of it, the more effective it will be.
Mastering your life begins with mastering your habits.
7 Most Common Pitfalls of the Self-Mastery Bundle
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1 - "Aren't habits and goals the same?"
I’ll cut straight to the chase; Nope. They are not the same.
Think of it this way, a habit is a behavior that you need to execute in order to accomplish your goal.
Habit = Behavior
Goal = Destination
Habit → Don’t snooze
Weekly Goal → Read 70 pages a week
Daily Goal → Read 10 pages a day
As you can see here, the motivation for not snoozing is to free up time to accomplish a task, in this case, reading a book.
The key here? Don’t overthink it. Do what works for you!
2 - "I don't know where to begin."
First and foremost, put your focus on the Self-Mastery Journal. This is your daily sidekick.
Dedicate 2-3 minutes in the morning to start your day with an elevated focus and mood: Set goals, write your powerful affirmation, express gratitude, and answer the journal prompt.
When starting out, the most important thing is that you keep your journal where you will see it frequently.
Personally, I carry mine with me. But if you choose not to then common places to keep it are on your nightstand as well as the kitchen table. Just like anything else, “out of sight, out of mind”. Get the most out of it by keeping it where you will see it first thing in the morning, as well as when things are winding down in the evening.
3 - "Why two books?"
If you’re like me, you’ve probably ordered a few journals/planners in the past and upon receiving it you had the thought: “Where do I even begin?!”
Often times, you used them for a time, and then shortly after you stopped. Why?
They are complicated!
So many moving parts and flipping back and forth between pages!
Let me tell you one thing: Complication never lead to achievement.
There is power in simplicity.
And that’s exactly why we simplified and combined the Self-Mastery Journal and Habit-Tracker Mastery into 1 bundle.
The Self-Mastery Journal is your daily sidekick while the Habit-Tracker Mastery is your weekly planner.
With the Habit-Tracker Master's perforated pages we eliminated the complication of flipping back and forth between pages! Tear it out and use it as a bookmark!
4 - "Do I have to take both books around with me?"
No. You’ll refer to Habit-Tracker Mastery once a week.
Dedicate one day a week to do your weekly planning; establish the habits and goals you’d like to achieve week by week.
Using it's (Habit-Tracker Mastery) perforated pages, you can now remove the page and place it wherever you need to so you don’t lose sight of your weekly goals.
Put it on the fridgeTape it to your mirrorEven use it as a bookmark for the Self-Mastery Journal (my personal preference)
This way you can stay focused without the need to flip back and forth between pages! Yay!
No need to take Habit-Tracker Mastery with you, simply place it by your bedside and set a reminder on your phone (once a week) to do your weekly planning.
5 - "I don't have time to journal that much."
Don’t get intimidated by the journal prompt (or as I like to call it, “Purpose Prompt”).
I understand that to someone who has never journaled before this can appear to be a daunting task.
My challenge to you is this: one sentence.
One sentence is all it takes to experience the power that journaling gives you.
Why? Because in order to write one sentence you must first visualize.
The more you visualize the life you’re creating the more it becomes your reality.
Once you’re comfortable with one sentence you can expand as you wish.
To those who are on the opposite side of the spectrum, the notes section is designed to allow you to use the entire page to write if you do so desire. Use it as you wish!
6 - "Do I leave the self-mastery journal at home or take it with me?"
Personally, I’d rather leave my phone at home than my Self-Mastery Journal! It’s my lifeline.
My recommendation is to use it as your personal and professional sidekick (take it with you!) but I understand that isn’t everyone’s preference.
If you choose not to take it with you, place it where you will see it frequently.
Kitchen counterBedsideOffice desk
It all comes down to your personal preference and how you choose to use it.
7 - "How do I use the notes section?"
Great question! My notes section is usually a free-for-all.
I tend to take notes throughout the day and then at the end of the day I will transfer important notes over onto tomorrow’s page so I don’t forget them.
This way I’m not leaving behind anything important.
There are a few other ways you can use your notes as well:
A Daily Schedule: If you’re a scheduler you can use each line as an hour and plan your day and how you want to fill up your time!
Time-Management Matrix: The easy grid allows you to divide your tasks from important and non-important tasks. This is a very effective way to upgrade your to-do list and become more productive.
Journaling Extension: This section was designed to seamlessly flow with the journal prompt to allow those who need extra space to use it as they wish! If you’re a heavier writer and need this space to express your thoughts and emotions then feel free to utilize the notes section as an extension to the journal prompt.
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4 Tips to Skyrocket Productivity Using The Notes Section
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The notes section is the perfect area to:
Jot down ideasAdd goals and to-do’s to your listCreate valuable structure around your day
It’s important that you use it to your liking so you can skyrocket your productivity.
You’ll notice a few things about it; it’s a dotted grid and it also meshes seamlessly with the journal prompt section.
This is for your customization!
For example, if you’d like to use the entire page to journal, you can!
If you’d like to create sections within your notes, you can!
Let's go over a few different simple strategies you can use your notes section to your advantage.
1 - Write Down Your Thoughts & Ideas
This is your best memory.
When it’s written down, it’s impossible to forget.
Quickly write down your ideas as they come to you so you can continue to focus on today’s tasks and what needs to be done.
At the end of the day, review your notes and scan over your thoughts to see what needs to be placed in tomorrow’s goals.
2 - Prioritize Your To-Do's
Quit using a to-do list. And I mean it.
A to-do list is procrastinations best friend!
Here is a simple way to turn your to-do list into a productivity machine: prioritize it!
Next to everything on your list should be a number. Prioritize each task so when you tackle them you begin with #1 (the most important task of the day). You can also do this with “Today’s Top Goals”.
3 - Make It Your Time-Management Matrix
If you’re unfamiliar with a time-management matrix (TMM) then read this.
TMM consists of 4 quadrants to categorize your to-do list. It looks like this:
Quadrant 1 - [Necessity] - Think of this as your “work project” category. Whether you want to do it or not, it needs to be done. It’s not necessarily something you’re looking forward to but it’s important (it’s your job) and it’s urgent (it has a deadline).
Quadrant 2 - [Productivity] - This is your focus work. Quadrant 2 contains your long-term projects that you want to work on and personal development tasks that you prioritize. You should work to make sure the majority of your tasks are "Quadrant 2" tasks.
Quadrant 3 - [Distractions] - This is the busy work quadrant. Checking emails and handling phone calls is what this section encompasses. Not ideal work, but surely it has to be done.
Quadrant 4 - [Waste] - This quadrant contains distractions, things that are keeping you from the goals that you spend too much time on. You would like to avoid this quadrant as much as possible.
4 - Daily Planner
Have important events that need to be scheduled?
A morning/evening routine that you would like to accomplish?
Turn your notes into your planner! Don’t let important events go unnoticed. Use each line as your hour-by-hour planner if you wish and maximize each moment of each day.
Your notes section is a very important piece of organizing your thoughts and converting them into actions.
However you use it is up to you, but I encourage you to use one of the techniques provided in order to skyrocket your productivity.
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5 Reasons a 13-Week Cycle Benefits You
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If you haven’t noticed, over the last few years there have been a lot of planners & journals released that follow a 13-week cycle as opposed to a full year.
This might initially result in an eye-roll but when you understand the purpose for this transition it makes a lot of sense.
Think about it this way, you're purchasing a journal/planner so you can become better, right?
Well, turns out we are learning more about how to help you do just that. And quarterly goals plays a big part in it!
So, how come 13 weeks, anyways?
1 - 13 weeks is 1 quarter (13 x 4 = 1 year or 52 weeks)
2 - It works better!
Continue reading to discover why and how it works better.
1 - Things Change
A lot can happen in a year.
A long-term plan can quickly turn into no plan at all once an unexpected bump in the road occurs.
Unfortunately, this can add to your frustration when things don’t go as planned.
It's not to say you shouldn’t have annual goals or a vision, but rather that you should break them down quarterly goals.
The vision remains the same while the pathway to get there is ever-evolving.
With as much change as one year can provide its beneficial to revisit your path and the direction you are headed every 13 weeks.
2 - Focus Rewiring
13 weeks is enough time to experience an insane amount of progress, both personally and professionally.
Often times it is difficult to see day-to-day changes, which can make the journey an overwhelming one.
When you revisit your past 13 weeks in preparation for the next 13 you are able to see the massive progress you have made in that short amount of time.
This provides you with an understanding that as you stay focused on your day-to-day action plan you really are gaining massive ground towards your ultiminate vision.
This understanding helps you rewire your focus, going from a visionary procrastinator to a purpose-driven action-taker.
3 - Additional Urgency
It isn’t the goal that separates you from the pack, it’s what you do about it. The downfall of long-term planning is it doesn’t always result is short-term execution.
Have you ever had the thought, “I’ll do it tomorrow”?
This is likely the result of a long-term goal that is poorly executed in the short-term plan.
However, this can be fixed by applying shorter-term deadlines to the goals we have in mind, providing a greater sense of urgency.
Here's an easy example: if you have 60-page work project due in a year, would you start today? Maybe so, but it would also be very easy to not prioritize it and “start tomorrow”.
Now what if that same 60-page project is due in a week? How does your urgency change?
The great thing is it doesn’t need to be an external deadline that your boss provides. It can be an internal goal that you’re striving for, planning in 13-week increments will be enough time to allow exceptional results while still feeling a good dose of urgency.
4 - Your Best Friend
Similar to point number 1, things don’t always go as planned.
In this case, though, it’s not an unexpected event that alters your pathway, rather, a change of heart.
The only real way to discover your idea path to purpose is trial and error.
If you don’t know what you want to do with your life or how to live with purpose then planning out a full year doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
13-week increments helps you identify certain tasks, skills, or passion projects that you would like to pursue and make progress on them.
You might find that you love this path that you’re on… or not. But guess what? That’s ok! Confidently reevaluate quarterly and discover the next journey you’ll be tackling. Sometimes discovering what you don’t like is just as imporatnt as discover what you do.
Trial and error is your best friend.
5 - Motivational Reset Button
I don’t know about you, but for me, it seems that the time I am most motivated to accomplish my goals is when I am setting them.
When setting quarterly goals this plays to your advantage:
1 - It helps set goals and create a plan that pushes your limits.
2 - This flood of motivation piggybacks off of the urgency (previously discussed) and results in an action plan that works!
With the motivational reset compounded with urgency your days are sure to provide in the progress you’re looking for.