I did this when I was reading the book Goals by Brian Tracy. In my case, it was a spiral notebook, writing on each side of the paper, one in the morning, one in the evening. Took about twenty-thirty minutes. You write down all your goals, give them a date, then you write bullet points of action steps, then the next day you start from scratch without reading the previous day's entry.
In the end, one of my big goals was achieved. But I got to where I was resenting having to do it, first thing in the morning, AND AT night too. I kept up for over a month, then I stopped. It wasn't enjoyable for me. It seemed like work.
I stopped because it was conflicting with my idea of allowing. By putting dates, it set me in anxious mode. And by listing all my action steps, it cut off any sort of inspired action or synchronicity that could come my way, by making me attached to the "when" and the "means" and the "how".
There is something powerful in writing your life, the way you like it though. For a long time I had a little mission statement, and as I would write it, strange things would happen around me.
But I think each person has to find a way to do that that matches their unique personality. I prefer the exercises in the Abraham books, because while simple, they are effective. I guess I'd say they are deceptively simple because they are easy to remember and easy to do.
Things like segment intending, finding the better thought, "wouldn't it be nice", rampage of appreciation, etc. etc.... these are exercises you carry around with you all day. You don't need a piece of paper. You can do them whenever and wherever you are.
But yes even they suggest, every day writing in a notebook about your dreams. But in a more casual, relaxed manner, just simply describing a scene you are in an how you feel about it. They recommend no more than twenty or thirty minutes a day (or is it 15 to 20 minutes?). More than that and you're "trying too hard" and "trying too hard" means resistance.
These tools ARE a way to shut down your ego/doubting mind. But they are only words. Without a strong surge of emotion or belief or passion accompanying them, I don't believe they are as effective. And if you were really feeling on fire, passionate, joyful, expecting your dreams to come true, you simply wouldn't have the time to write down a zillion goals, getting hand-cramps in the process.
But of course this is one man's perspective. Many ways to skin a cat.
Last edited by cylon; 07-16-2008 at 02:29 PM.