How to accumulate intelligence
I just saw this infographic (above) on LinkedIn.
It depicts a graphical summary of Conor Neill's 2013 TEDx talk "Who would you bet on?" The 3 elements of personal success. (The original talk is available on the TEDx youtube channel here ).
While the infographic covers a lot of information, I want to camp out a bit on that, 'Keep a Journal,' section.
I'm talking about keeping a daily journal of your own free-writing. A journal for brainstorms of ideas, personal reflections, documented gratitude, frustrations, solutions to problems and even To-Do lists .
It's one of the simplest advantages you can give yourself to be successful in your career and in your life.
How's that? You ask?
The act of writing what's on your mind, daily, allows you to articulate thoughts and feelings.
Once those thoughts and feelings are out and documented on a page you can examine them a bit more objectively and learn to continue to do things that work for you and discontinue things that do not.
Plus, psychologically, getting those thoughts and emotions out frees up some mental capacity to deal with other things.
That makes you more productive.
Beyond all of that , you get to know yourself.
My wife and I always talk about the need to have a good relationship with yourself. Like any relationship you have to work at it.
Daily writing is one way to work at having a positive relationship with yourself and increase your emotional intelligence.
My suggestion is to wake up slightly early to allow yourself time to write.
Spend at least 15 to 20 minutes writing in the morning -- it really does help you start your day off right. If you can spend about 30 to 45 minutes writing that's ideal, but we're all busy.
The point here is to get consistent, even if you accidentally miss a day, get back on the horse the following day.
My challenge to you is to do this morning writing for at least one entire month and experience for yourself how it makes you feel compared to when you weren't writing.
Likely outcomes of this challenge are:
I hope you take the challenge and it serves you well. Good luck!
Daily writing and the accumulated knowledge I gain over time from doing it has been one of my personal secret weapons to success.
Posted by: Nick Venturella
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