Successful People Keep Journals

Published on May 11, 2011

Journaling to Success

Reproduced with permission of the author, Kim Ades, Frame of Mind Coaching

Why is journaling so powerful?

Because it provides a venue to:

  • Unload
  • Tune In
  • Probe
  • Sort
  • Trade Up
  • Design
  • Generate
  • Create a New Story

Guided Daily Journaling

The thoughts you have determine the results you achieve in your life, both good and bad. Journaling allows you to see the thoughts that drive your behavior and enables you to get a far better understanding of the beliefs that rule your life. Some of these beliefs work, and others create barriers to your success. If you are not happy with an aspect of your life, journaling helps you to see what is interfering with your happiness in that area.


Journaling helps you to create sustainable change in your thinking, paving the way for massive success.


When you write your thoughts down each day, you are creating the opportunity for those thoughts to become part of your belief system. If you write thoughts and images in a deliberately positive and uplifting way, you are actually formulating and creating your ideas and expressing what you wish to accomplish. Journaling helps you to create the plan that is your life. Writing daily in your journal is THE key component to developing your mental muscle, necessary to achieve success.

Top performers in all professions write daily. They have a consistency and a commitment to daily writing that does not waiver no matter where they are. What we write about and think about and concentrate on is what transpires.

What we focus on grows.

Published Article in RISMedia Trade Publication:

“Journaling has a transformational effect. It’s very subtle but very powerful, and works faster and more effectively at driving results than anything else I have ever seen in coaching.” says Kim Ades, MBA, Founder and President of Frame of Mind Coaching.

Here’s how it works...

First, when you write about the events in your life and how you feel about them, you start to gain insight about what you are thinking. Journaling enables you to see your thoughts separately from yourself, allowing you to identify which thoughts serve you and which ones stand in your way. There is a purging aspect in the journaling process that releases tremendous amounts of tension and stress. Once that stress is released, you are far more open to allowing great things to come into your life. Your resistance dissipates.

Secondly, journaling provides you with the place to make conscious choices about the thoughts that you want to focus on. Fundamentally, what you focus on grows, so pointing your thoughts in the right direction is crucial for your own growth.

Thirdly, journaling provides you with a blank canvas to draw, design, and create the vision of what you want for your life, in full detail. “When I coach people, one of the first questions I ask is ‘What do you really, really want?’ Most people have some vague idea, but they are not very clear. Journaling helps people define and envision what they want with color, texture, and shading. The more clarity you have about what you want, the more easily it will come your way,” suggests Ades.

Ades is very clear that it is not necessary to have a coach in order to learn from journaling. Certainly when you do work with a coach the process is accelerated and is more intense. But, Ades says, “Anybody who journals, regardless of whether or not they have a coach, will discover the huge benefits. They will look at their work and be amazed at what they have written and discovered about themselves. The process works. It is a brilliant tool that has an immediate and direct impact on your day to day life. The impact of working with a coach as opposed to doing it alone is having the consistent and provoking feedback to your journal entries. When I ask a client a question regarding their writing it drives learning. If I ask you a question such as how wealthy do you want to be, and you say “I want to have $200,000,” I’ll ask “Why didn’t you say a million?” The answers to those questions will create learning for you. Period.”


A few notes of my own on journaling....

I was a bit skeptical of doing an online self-guided journal and it was mainly because I was somewhat concerned about sharing my deepest darkest secrets with others (OK... a lot concerned). It helped that I could pick and choose which journal entries I kept private and which ones I left public. As I began to journal, it was almost addictive though... like Facebook! I started seeing comments that people posted on my journal entries where they either identified with what I was saying or gave me supportive or helpful feedback to further my efforts to improve. I loved journaling successes too because others celebrated with me!

It wasn't until I started coaching with Dave who used the journal as a tool in our coaching relationship that I became hooked. As I completed my guided journal assignments I found myself having huge breakthroughs and insights (aha moments) throughout the week.  My already great coaching calls also became more focused and I seemed to move forward faster the more I journaled.  I realized that I had the answers to what I needed within myself and when I focused on the questions in my journal... I came to the answers much more effectively than when I kept it all in my head. Dave was able to follow my thinking patterns throughout the week and caught me from time to time when my thinking was misaligned with what I told him my goals were... I liked the nudge to think differently and to find my center.

Even when not in coaching, I find my journal my way of just reflecting and working through my thoughts. There is really no right or wrong way to do it.

Sometimes I start my journal by saying, "I don't know what to journal today...." And then it comes!

~ Nikki


Nikki Buckelew is the Co-Founder and President of Coaching and Training, a coaching and training company specializing in real estate, leadership, and life coaching for Realtors, brokers, and leaders with SoulFire. Buckelew is also the Founder and CEO of the Seniors Real Estate Institute, a coaching and training company specializing in senior real estate and housing and administrator for the Certified Senior Housing Professional® (CSHP) designation.

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