This journal will change your life.
I was stuck. My life was going nowhere.
I was in a job I didn't really like, doing work I didn't care about. And to distract myself, I was spending money I didn't have on going out and drinking all the time.
The bills started to pile up. I got further and further into debt, which meant I had to stay in the job that I didn't like just to afford the monthly payments.I was trapped. I felt miserable, like I was suffocating, and my mood began to seriously affect my relationships with the people around me.
Then I discovered the Daily Practice.
For those of you who don't know, the Daily Practice is the brainchild of James Altucher, a prolific writer and entrepreneur, who has gone from rich to broke and back again more times than I can count.
Every time he hit rock bottom, James clawed himself back out again by focusing on four things every day:
- Mental health
- Physical health
- Spiritual health
- Emotional health
James calls these the Four Legs of the Daily Practice - each one as crucial as the next. By tackling every single one of these, every single day, and improving even just by 1%, James promises that your life will be completely different six months from now. You can read more about it in detail here, and pick up James's fantastic book Choose Yourself (a Wall Street Journal bestseller) as well.
What did I have to lose? I started doing the Daily Practice, in the hope that my life would turn around.
It did. Faster than I could have imagined.
Six months later I was in a job that I loved, doing work that meaningful to me, and my relationships were 5x better. I was healthy and happy.
What really annoyed me is that it could have been even better.
I was inconsistent. I didn't do everything, every day. I skipped days altogether. I even blew it off entirely for a couple of weeks.
When I think what progress I could have made had I done this every single day, it's really frustrating. I wanted something that would nudge me and remind me to be mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally healthy, every day.
That's when I had the idea for the Daily Practice Journal.
I created it initially just for myself. It started simple: I divided the pages into four sections, one for each of the Four Legs.
On the left hand side were the lists: my list of ten ideas, to help me become an idea machine (Mental) and my list of three things I was grateful for (Spiritual). On the other side of the page I wrote two questions to ask myself: 1) What did you do today to be healthy? (Physical); and 2) What did you do today to be emotionally healthy? (Emotional).
I sat down every day and wrote in that notebook. I made it a habit, and I enjoyed doing it, and I felt the benefits.
It would have stayed a personal project, had I not shown it to a friend.
"You can't," I said. "No one makes these."
He said, "You should."