10 Easy Steps for Thought Tracking – The New Way of ‘Journaling’.

Journaling is not a mystery – it is easy and we need you to get one for your personal use. It can be one on your phone as an App – one that you can do on your computer – the good ole fashion pen & paper one – or even an expensive leather bound one with hand made paper.

Men think it is for women and women think men need to do it more.

Guys – journaling is not for prepubescent girls – look in history if you have a chance to read a book now and then and you will see men (and women) working through areas of their life to make for some huge shifts in their life and their success is for us to gain some insights as to their thinking by sneaking peaks into their journals that are documented on line.

It is a healthy thing to do and get used to doing – male or female.

What I have found is that journaling is keeping track of some powerful thoughts. So I call it Thought Tracking. 

Thought Tracking has Transformational power within the process of doing it – and I would like to share with you a process of how to do it.

All I can say is that the most brilliant minds in the world past and present use some form of keeping track of your thoughts – plan and simple it is journaling.

Opening up your mind, soul, spirit & heart to share on paper the signs of who you are and what you are made up off for gaining insights as to what you can do in a much needed world that is missing your input.

Thought Tracking is not all about writing out your emotions – that is fine to some extent once in awhile – but Thought Tracking is about calling forth your own hidden resources and we need that desperately.

Most people get a book on personal growth but never get the work book – the workbook can lead you into self discovery and also bring some closure and inner resolution if committed to working through it. A workbook has a process of guiding you to write out what is going on inside you.

Well, I took those principles and came up with Thought Tracking.

Save your money from buying a workbook – and use it for getting a journal and follow along here.

When you go for a walk – your subconscious mind is free to ruminate and come up with things that the heart want to express – do so in your journal – stop and put the thought in your mini travel journal – on your phone in an App that records your thoughts – or by typing (yup – right there on the side of the road).

While you work your mind is active with process and intuitive ways of doing your job that are un-noticed or undefined. As you learn to become aware of these second nature actions you can teach yourself to define these actions to make it into a system to then extend to others by teaching if you so desire – but for now, just fill your journal with observations, defining that which is undefined as well as your intuitive insights.  Your Thought Tracker becomes an extension of who you are and what you do – revealing your vision, passion and calling. Over time, you will see patterns and consistencies that can form a company, a way to work with your family or a system to revolutionize how to do something that can impact the world.

The next step of what is important to do is to set a time period of creating in your journal then after a week or so to go back and consume your information to simplify and refine what you have written down. This is missing in many peoples journal time is to revisit your writing and glean information of what you can learn from it to take actions on.

Here are 10 things that can change your life – all based on a journal: Thought Tracking

1) intuitions, undefined actions & observations. Become aware of your thoughts.
2) write or verbally note them – define that of which is undefined. Marinate with undefined.
3) collect them for 1-2 weeks.
4) revisit them to refine and put meaning into your thoughts – define, claim & own them.
5) take actions to build experiences and write down your reflections of the experiences.
6) refine what you learn and make mistakes from – these are great insights for growth.
7) celebrate the victories – we all could celebrate more as a discipline of gratitude.
8) share what you are doing to encourage others – you do have a story to tell now more than a week ago.
9) give a journal to those that you love and also to those that you would like to gain wisdom from – build a network of other Thought Trackers.
10) get together to form a community or a Tribe – as more gets done with others in your journey.

Thought Tracking can be done so many ways – this is just one that has worked well for many and what I have shared with you is intended to pull out of you your vision to make an impact in our world – we need your thoughts for helping us in Walking New.

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10 Ideas that Prove You Have a Vision.

#10 – Contact someone who inspires you to let them know why they inspired you and thank them. Gratitude is a sign of having a vision sparked in you by someone else’s creativity and you should express thanks by crediting them and also reveal to them how you are taking their legacy into your own vision.

#9 – Connect with a friend, or a team…better yet – engage with your spouse to brainstorm your Vision and see how many ideas are discovered. Engagement is a form of energy to draw out potential of your vision – it it resonates with them…great! If not, then find those that do resonate with it and form an alliance to take it to another level.

#8 – Tell the World – let words flow from your heart, soul & spirit of what you are conceiving. Start with some practice in your Journal or on your computer program for writing – and consider a blog of expressing and refining your vision.

#7 – Take a Day/Weekend off to start your vision. Planning and the process of spending Energy on your vision comes with marking out your calendar with the intention of focused time on Vision Strategy and Development and just doing it.

#6 – Vision comes in to your mind at unexpected moments – in the shower, shaving or even while working out – and ideas are inspiration to act on. Instead of working on your vision non-stop, plan for unexpected revelation of ideas by planning to play more often and even to exercise – as it is not only good for your body but it is mandatory to clear your mind to receive more thoughts. You can say, “I hate to exercise” but if you reframe that to be, “I love to get new thoughts” and exercise is one way to receive those thoughts and benefit your body secondary!

#5 – Help a friend – heck, help a stranger. Acts of Service bring out the best of what is needed and you can also catch glimpses of what is being done well that will inspire you and trigger ideas of what to incorporate into your vision.

#4 – Recommend a great book or a Ted-Talk that reached down into your own soul and sparked many ideas or thoughts of what others are achieving. When you contact another person with the thought of “Hey I was thinking of you and thought you may like this book (or Ted-Talk) and would love to know your thoughts on it.” – This will create a new momentum in building levels of engagement much like a Master Mind group does with getting input from other people that accelerate in other areas that can inspire your own vision.

#3 – Up your Game! Improve your Service. Create ENGAGEMENT by expressing and showing us your passion, commitment and faith that you are putting into your Vision. Sitting on the couch day dreaming is putting energy into a passive action producing a passive result that many times produces stagnation – as it is only when you put active engagement into your vision will it actively progress giving you feedback on what to do or what to adjust.

#2 – Establish Boundaries and communicate those over and over. You are directing a vision and this means that you are Leading people. When you lead people you must communicate what is important to you over and over to clarify any confusion that will pop up or unexpected turn of events that can cause panic or frustration. Setting Boundaries means that you will reflect and communicate what is important for both parties and try to reach an agreement so that the relationship can continue – if it is not agreed upon then it means that a mutual separation or a strategic move or alliance can be developed. If it is horrible to move forward with then this is good to know now and deal with it immediately instead of down the road – so termination can be best for BOTH parties.

#1 – Know WHY you are doing what you are doing. A book called Start with Why mentions that it is what is most important to you and what you believe about what you are doing that draws other people into your vision. As if they also believe what you do then they are willing to support why you are doing what you are doing. Write it out – focus on it – develop it and know it like your name…Why you are doing what you are doing is the most important feature of fueling your everyday energy input into your vision. Passion is important for sure, but passion can fall off the side quickly if you do not BELIEVE in what you are doing. Do not tell me ‘what’ you do – Tell me: WHY you believe your vision will help you and others?

How the Unexpected Can Build Your Vision!

Your vision did not see the unexpected coming on did it?

Things do not go our way all the time…right?

Well, this is something that you should start your day a with reality check and just be aware of – as if you fill up your day you can limit your Vision potential by how you engage with unexpected events that arise. Your family, business and emotional health take a hit on you filling up your schedule to the point where you forget – or just do not deal with it (avoid)- to the best that you can because you are in a frazzled mental state.

So if you are an over achiever – this article is for you!

You couch potatoes can take a break from reading this.

Unexpected events are also a test of seeing what you are made of. To reveal how you will lead through that temporary setback – and if you are in an overwhelmed state of mind then you need to step back and breath through it for a mature perspective. This ‘stepping back’ can not happen if you are in a ‘go on to the next thing’ state of mind.
And you also realize that (while not all the time) it seems as if things can happen in sets of three’s – seems like not one, not two – but three things can all of a sudden pop up and distract you from your momentum.
So, when do you catch up and set boundaries, or work through these situations that are waiting for your input and action to resolve it?
So many of us have unresolved situations roaming around in our heads and hearts – and if not there they are in our homes and business.

If you were to write a movie and leave things unresolved it would be related to Independent (Artsy) films that do not close the circle – when you leave the movie you are wondering what happened – it is a form of tension that leaves you with a sense of incompletion (unresolved) – and that is the form of entertainment you paid money to watch.
Well, the same thing goes on in real life with a lot of incomplete circles of unacknowledged stories in our life that go on and leave you with some form of tension.

Traditional films and stories have a completion (a resolution) – or a closing of the circle – so that when you leave the theater or finish the book you know what happened and there is very little tension lingering in you. You may like the end or not, but you are not left wondering what happened.

We have a choice everyday to close circles, leave them open or create incomplete circles in other peoples lives – and your overall perspective may not even notice which stories in your life you are leaving things in that condition. One way of finding out is to take a Risk and ask others in your life if anything needs to be resolved. This is a HUGE contribution to your own Vision by taking this on for your own growth.
In your business you can ask your clients what needs to be resolved. Or – if you have a staff you can approach them individually to Engage with them to put a halt to the inner tension that is affecting their job wether they realize it or not.
In your home you can ask if something needs to be addressed and closed up – so that there is no inner tension lingering in those that you care for and love.

Closing circles and leaving some open are all options we have to learn from…as some will remain open and unresolved and only God can heal you from the tension that can linger for the rest of your life if you let it. Your inner story of tension CAN experience resolution only when you take it to God for Him to Father you through it…it may take time for inner resolution to give you a sense of peace instead of tension, but I know more people that have experienced this compared to others that have not.
It is possible to experience spiritual, physical and emotional healing. This is encouraging!

Listen here Overachiever – you can avoid life’s tensions just like the couch potato – but instead of being on the couch – you fill your schedule so dang full that you can look like you are a success – but in reality you are looking good on the outside as you are avoiding Life Story Reality on the inside. You need to plan time to resolve things and close up the circles of tension in your own life and the life you have an impact on. If you say “I forgot’ or “I just do not have the time” or if you have become heartless by saying “It just is not that important” – then you are too busy to care about and deal with the underlying values that drive your vision and you are loosing the very people that are the foundation of your family and business – or – you are loosing your own self in being overly distracted and busy.

Consider this – while you are still breathing, while you still have time to – put it in your schedule or your Life Plan to face those that are in your Realm of Influence.

You can lead with your Vision to open, close or expand other peoples Life Story Circles by taking a daily Risk of Walking New.

The Easy Way to Discover Your Vision – Session #6

Each and everyday your thought process goes through a pattern of creation that no one else does – and yet you THINK that other people see, hear, feel and think the same thing…but they don’t – which means YOU have a unique Vision that is needed to be expressed. The RISK that you must take is to TELL THE WORLD and to express yourself to share to your community what it is that you alone are designed to reveal.

Say something about what you sense.
Life is not about shutting up – no, it is about sharing and speaking up.

Better yet – DO it!

Your vision requires something, then asking others about it may diffuse the possibility of its effectiveness. Your Vision may require you to act on it first and offer what you came up with to show others your idea.
What is even better is if it is incomplete you can offer the possibility of it and ask others for their input – getting others on board once they see what you came up with, as not everyone can see your imagination – they need to see what you came up with in your thoughts on paper or an actual start to the project to be able to move forward.
And that is how faith can be seen by taking an action of what frustrates you or others. As their is something that is lacking in the world and taking some form of action on it based on what your imagination offers to you for a possible solution to consider is learning to form vision from frustration. 

Let me stimulate your imagination with these thoughts to consider:

Something is being done within an area you like but it is not quite perfect until they do this: (describe it). 

What frustrates you about something that is not being done? (describe it)
You seem to be waiting over and over for something to be done about it and you can see it and know what it is and yet no one is doing anything about it. Or, you do not really know what to do about it but SOMETHING needs to be done.
Some actions require you to lead by starting something and taking it on or some actions require you to build a community and let someone else take the lead. Vision is about offering a perspective to take it on or let others take on.

We get glimpses of our purpose everyday – but avoid them over and over by misinterpreting our very own frustration by waiting for someone else to do the very thing WE are to take on or bring up to let someone else take on.
We get a sign of what our calling is everyday – but numb out with less fulfilling things and distractions because no one gives us a chance or a break to do something about it – when in all actuality we are just not doing it or taking an initiative to make it happen – we are waiting for permission when we just need to take it on and do it.

Many of us do not need a new job – you need a New Walk and this requires a risk to be taken by you to offer to the world a solution to the very thing that is lacking in you (and others) or frustrating you and others. These are signs of what you alone are to help others with.
This in one element of your Vision that no one else notices, as it sends you waves of energy for putting a long awaited passion into for its completion.

People are misinterpreting frustration with what it can become – a passion.

There are so many ‘little’ experiences like this that are needing your input that will accumulate into something larger in the future – a vision that needs so much more of what you or what you can get others to offer – but it is minimized or made insignificant, or is avoided or numbed out and killed before it can even be acted on.

These little experiences can be your personal training for accumulating wisdom and knowledge that you may not even realize immediately unless you act on them now and let them add up to reveal to you something larger that you can act on later.

Many times vision requires attention to small things now to be built up and used later for a larger vision. 

Purpose and Calling at times are not about immediate gratification. Fulfillment can come later on as the Vision takes on certain elements that are not exposed to you at first but come into play later on.
You need to discover the very things you lack in your growth by entering into your frustrations by training and through some trials to better understand your larger Vision later on.

Do you get a ‘little’ emotional from lack of understanding – well then learn to be a man or women of understanding (Proverbs 20:5) by bringing out the deep waters of your heart to impact the world with.

We all hear that God will not give you more than you can handle – so taking on what is required of you from your very own frustrations and see how turning that frustration into a solution will add to your sense of purpose & fulfillment and I guarantee that this will also help and serve others even if you or they do not see that going on yet.

Many people live without passion and yet they are fully frustrated – and learning to reframe that is a sign of Walking New.

Top Three Vision Killers of a New Walk. Vision Session #5

The New Walk as 3 Vision Killers.

As you take risks and learn from your New Walk – the top three things that kill your vision come from Immaturity, Foolishness & Pride. These Three Vision Killers close doors of opportunity quickly and create a sense of no light at the end of the tunnel and lead to avoidance and numbing out if left unchecked. 

These Vision Killers also can leave you with a sense of being mis-understood as well if you are on a New Walk quest and do not understand what is going on. 

It is not all about opening doors of opportunity – as the reality of doors opening means a consequence of the opposite – closing doors as well.
This is not about doors being closed on you – but learning to close doors intentionally by YOU.

This is about letting some things go.

It is also about making some difficult choices and decisions based on that it may not be about the people you are pointing fingers at or blaming others for your life challenges – as if you point your finger at one person, look at your finger pointing hand – you will see a few other fingers pointing back AT YOU! 

Vision killers are immaturity, foolishness, pride and also the opinions of other peoples immaturity, foolishness and pride = creating a lack of understanding.

Being around someone funny is one thing and comedy can only be taken for so long as it can be draining to laugh for a long amount of time. Comedy Club shows are only so long – and when comedians come off stage, many are regular people and only perform when they are ‘on’, and separate their lives for being ‘on’ and being ‘off’.
But when you are around someone that is ‘foolish’ constantly – it is draining…and the foolish individual doesn’t even know it and is wondering why life is not moving in the direction he reads about in other peoples life or see’s them living out with success. Success seems like a light at the end of the tunnel.

Being Funny is one thing – being Foolish is not funny nor is it not related to anything resembling the art of comedy – it is living from immaturity that is sensed in the heart by others and is many times repelled and in the long run closes doors of opportunity.
When you decided to live out a Vision and want to open doors it can be frustrating to take a risk and realize it is going no where because of doors being closed or you are not being taken seriously and levels of trust are hard to establish until a sense of maturity to engage with you is established.

Setting boundaries with yourself to mature and to gain wisdom is difficult if you are stuck in immaturity, foolishness and pride – and many times it is a matter of your own perspective more so than something you are born with and this is promising for those of you that feel you are stuck in a mindset of immaturity.

When you establish boundaries with yourself – which is called: Self Control – just that action of establishing boundaries alone is a sign of maturity and will be encouraged by others (and be on guard for those who have or will not establish boundaries with themselves). A discussion with you on the hot topics of your life will reveal areas that lack Self-Control and many times indicate areas of immaturity, foolishness and pride.

Your actions are more of an indicator to the world of who you are. Step out of immaturity in your actions and this reveals the development of a leader. As this is more powerful than reading a book on leadership and talking the talk.
There are a lot of immature leaders out there talking the talk.

Another vision killer is the ‘fake it till you make it’ philosophy – works for some – as you have to try to do something outside your comfort zone or experience zone to develop confidence – so, intention is key for how you incorporate your vision. Building confidence with authentic vision and walking that out in discomfort but with your head held high in humility is desirable compared to faking it till you make it while filled with Pride. Pride can fill your heart when you walk something out faking it and getting a positive response from it. You build a Prideful Perspective from doing this over and over.

Guard your heart for sure – but walking out in humility, asking questions, engaging with people from good intentions and learning from them builds confidence backed up with inner Maturity to fuel your walk.

You influence people through your hearts intentions based on manipulation or inspiration – so this is  where your intention comes from in your heart and is sensed by other people as if they are picked up like invisible energy waves and sensed in their own heart and spirit as to whether they are negative or positive.

Having a desire of being Understood comes from the foundational message based on Proverbs 20:5 – Proverbs overall is filled with examples of how you can learn to be understood with other peoples Maturity, Wisdom and Humility – as those things can be drawn out of you – and this is the foundation of a New Walk.

Opening Doors of Opportunity – Vision Session #3

Opening Doors of Opportunity

As you pursue risk and doors open for you – one thing that has to develop over time is the process of skin thickening.

Skin Thickening happens over time from learning to not take things personal. It may hurt a bit or make you feel uncomfortable – but you learn to not take it personal.

When we start out at first, everyone may or may not be on board for you and your Vision Journey. Thing is – we have to live our life without permission from everyone to accomplish our goals. If we go around asking everyone what their thoughts are on doing what we are designed to do then we are doing things based on what others think vs doing things that we are meant to do. Other peoples opinions can have a strength and authority in our lives to the point of not following our calling if we are concerned with what others think more so than what we sense in our Spirit to do.

We are not under the authority of others once we are over the age of 18 and are mature enough to take on the responsibilities of life. This is about taking on what you are Responsible for and God has given you a Realm of Influence to be in charge of.

It is very important to have your spouse and family on board with what you are doing – that is a given.

Worry of what others think will keep doors of opportunity closed.
Fear, frustration, judgement, criticism and pride keep doors closed.

Serving others opens doors.

This is about doing something bigger than yourself and thin skinned people are in fear of what others think syndrome. 

So as you take on a risk and step through the door of opportunity (pursuing your vision) we become sensitive to what others think more so of what we are doing because of lack of confidence in knowing what we are doing.
It is ‘natural’ to feel this.
It is ‘Supernatural’ to break through this.

There are many leaders out there that do NOT know what they are doing every moment of walking out their vision.
You realize your a leader right? So this means you can still lead and not know every step you are to take – and this is normal. 

So, what is it that keeps them on their path? What helps them to make choices and decisions even when they are unsure of what to do?
1)Values ((I value Biblical Principles and A Healthy Authenticity to name a couple))
2)Knowing what is important to them ((Self Control & Patience are a couple things important for me – yeah we all say family, health and work – but this is more about what resides in you and not about what is outside of you))
3)What they believe in – and this is so important to them that it drives all of what they do and are building for the Vision that is in their heart. And this is ‘why’ they do what they do – as people believe in why you do what you do – not just what you do.

What is important for you to walk out your vision is what keeps you on the right path.
When you are short on knowing what to do at times – your values help you make decisions in moments of uncertainty. As ultimately is is you and what is important to you that dictates where your vision should go. If you make a poor decision then you will know quickly how to change it and redirect it. If you are doing things based on what other people think, then you will be stuck and uncertain in decision making and leading with what is important to you – and when others sense this they will unfollow you and not trust you in your lack of follow through.
People need to see you follow through even if it fails, or to change direction to another option. As you deal with a bad decision people will see your strength and even want to help or support you. People want to see you succeed and they also want to believe in you more so when they see that you are in it for the long run and are willing to fight for it.

This process thickens your skin. As you skin thickens it can influence you to become Arrogant and Prideful – or – Humble and Service Orientated – and it is all about what you value, what is important to you and what you believe in.

And as Doors of Opportunity open for you – it is important to be reminded of what is influencing your decision making and thin skinned people are obviously hiding behind numbing out and avoiding risks out fear of what others think of them…closing doors of opportunity.

Do you feel as if there are no opportunities for you?

Is your skin thin or thick?

You can feel sorry for yourself and stay that way – and that is a form of Pride – thinking only of yourself.
OR – you can be Humble…and ask for help, believe that doors can open by taking a risk to value what is important to you and your family from a Biblically Based Journey to Serve Others in a New Walk.