The other day, I reflected on a client I had early on in my career.  She was the manager at a restaurant and was interested in purchasing her first home.  She quickly got discouraged in the process after a couple of showings, believing she must not be meant to find a home, since she could not easily identify one that she liked.  She interpreted these circumstances to mean that she should not buy a home right now and she didn’t.  How many of us have goals that are laden with obstacles, hurdles, and challenges?  Not every goal is realized easily and effortlessly.  Because of this, I recommend to home buyers and sellers that they journal their experiences, as a reminder of what is achievable when you set a goal and follow it through to fruition.

According to Tony Robbins, if your life is worth living, it’s worth recording.   If you’re not currently recording your life events in a journal, you may want to consider doing it.  It could give you the edge you’ve been looking for to increase your success rate in achieving your goals.  Some of the more successful people in life believe that journaling is a great way to capture when their high and low points in life are likely to occur.  If you were to make a graph of your life, what would it look like?  When did your high moments occur?  What about your low points?  How long did your high and low points last?  If you take the time to reflect on your life, what would you find?  When you hit a low point in your life, what did you do to get yourself out of it?  Did you start taking more classes?  Did you curb what you watched on television or listened to on the radio?  Did you stop talking about the things that weren’t going right in your life and started thinking more optimistically? 

If you’ve been journaling for a while now, review your notes and plot the events that have unfolded on a timeline.  If you haven’t written an account of your life or do so infrequently, take the time to jot down what’s happened each month for as many months as you can remember and transfer that information on a graph.  You may identify some patterns of when high or low events are likely to take place.  Once you know when your low points in life (such as in business or in your relationships) are likely to occur, you can immediately start implementing your proven strategies for pulling yourself out of those undesirable circumstances.  Everything in life has its highs, lows, and plateaus.  It’s up to us to determine when they’re likely to occur, so we can be preemptive. 

The lows in life aren’t designed to keep us down.  These so-called obstacles are nothing more than opportunities in disguise.  It’s our chance to allow a better part of ourselves to emerge.  If we want more in our lives, we can’t always continue to do the same things we’ve done before.  These low or declining stages of our lives are meant to be like spring boards, helping us leap to a new level of mastery.  There are different grade levels in school for a reason.  We weren’t meant to stay at one grade level.  We have to keep moving forward, learning more, doing more, and challenging ourselves to even greater heights.  Take the time to discover what’s driven you in the past and what drives you now – it may be the key you’ve been looking for to unlocking your own secrets to success.