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Keeping a Daily Journal Can Give You Tremendous Power
5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For over three years, I have reaped unbelievable benefits from keeping and writing in a journal daily. Being able to have a place where I can analyze where I am, see my daily progress and capture quotes/sayings that really move me has been incredibly beneficial.

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“A life worth living is a life worth recording.”

Jim Rohn

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What you're grateful for

Writing down the 5 things you're most grateful for every day has tremendous power on the level of your overall happiness.

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Keep track of your goals

Writing down your goals and tracking the action steps that are being taken towards them is a great way to identify areas of growth so more can be done to maintain consistent progress, even on a bad...

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The lessons learned

Jot down key lessons learned throughout the day or notes from a book you are currently reading.

Being able to write down what you learned means reinforcing the concept. 

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Monitor your health

Writing down the results you are seeing, your workout of the day, or how you felt before and after the workout is setting you up for optimal health because you are making it a priority.

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A boost in motivation

When you go back and look at what you wrote down in your journal, you will be able to see progress, a lesson or a quote that inspires you to move faster and work harder.

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