One of the simplest tools to use when trying to gain the positive edge is a Victory Journal. The Victory Journal is a very powerful resource that demonstrates the importance of acknowledging your victories or wins each day. When you see them written down, you’ll finally realize you made more progress than you thought. This helps you find something to feel grateful for and increases your confidence, both of which make you more positive. It works a lot like compound interest; each day, your past victories build up the inspiration you feel to be more hopeful, confident and optimistic.
So many people think they’ve had a really rough day and wallow in the funk of it. Maybe they have had a rough day, or maybe that’s just the way they’ve chosen to perceive the day. Remember—your perception of reality is always a choice. But if you reflect, recognize and record your small victories, you come to realize that your day wasn’t so bad after all, a realization that instantly switches your focus to the positive and what you actually achieved.
The goal of the journal is to celebrate all your wins—not just the major ones. That means an entry could be something very simple, such as:
“Today I made a phone call I didn’t want to make, and felt nervous about, but it all worked out fine. Even better than I thought. And now I feel I can do another, and feel better about it, and I’ll do better.”
Or it could be something else, such as:
- “I had that overdue conversation with a friend and set my boundaries with them. I said NO, with strength and certainty. I said it firmly, gently and kindly, without any doubt.”
- “I got around to organizing my paperwork for my taxes, and I feel so much better.”
- “I cleaned the front garden.”
- “I tidied up the garage and did a huge clean-out.”
The goal of your entries is not to impress anyone or to be worthy of the history books, but to reinforce your positive attitude, raise your energy and help you build momentum for the following day. It’s all about giving positivity an advantage in your life—no matter how small. Just a slightly higher level of positive energy over negative energy can be enough to catapult you into new opportunities, and your journal can be the tool to help you get that edge.