In 2014, I was first introduced to the idea of dreaming big, journaling and more importantly the idea living for a purpose. You probably never thought like this but I fought journaling very hard and didn’t care at all about the idea of writing my thoughts down on paper nor care about someone telling me to create a poster board of dreams or goals.
It all started when I took a job at StormWind Studios, an IT Training company where I still currently work today. The leaders are the most passionate people I have ever met and they are simply in the business of changing people’s lives. Not only do they care about changing the lives of IT professionals around the world with their high-level training but they are also deeply committed to changing the lives of their employees in house.
I noticed this quickly and that’s when I realized that the way I was living my life before this point was without purpose and with no true destination in mind. It was as if I was sailing without a rudder and not being able to steer the boat where I wanted it to go. I realized I never had a destination, to begin with, so why would it matter where I ended up. I believed that going with the flow will work out somehow and luck will bring me success. If you feel this way please share your story with the Cardinal Point world. You aren’t alone.
While having this crippling belief mixed with this mindset based around “luck will get me where I want to be”, I was always struggling to stay afloat, always in debt and always falling short on my life’s goals and dreams. My biggest issue was I would think my BIG dreams where so big that I wouldn’t reach them, a few months would go by and I would do the unthinkable, I would fall away and not care about them anymore and the root issue would arise.
I would literally go as far as lying to myself by saying “I never wanted those dreams or goals anyways”. This was very destructive and a very negative way to live my life. I finally had an epiphany, a single statement that I heard made me change the way I think. That statement is this: “Things do not happen to you, they happen because of you”. Because my attitude, self-limiting beliefs and my negative thinking was consuming me that was all I received in return. I realized that when you ban out your thoughts and emotions to the universe, the universe responds by giving you back exactly what you are thinking. It’s almost as if the world just flips a mirror on you and reflects everything back on you. Let that settle in!
Would you believe me if I told you that you have a 70% greater chance of accomplishing your goals if you just put them down on paper? What really stuck with me was a great scripture that I read years ago in the Bible from the book, Mark 11:24 that stated: “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you have already accomplished it, and it will be yours”.
Yes, in the last 2 plus of years of journaling, having a vision board and logging very important information, every day I was able to accomplish 16 goals out of the 32 goals I set out to attain. They ranged from buying myself suits, a watch, paying off credit cards, taking my son Ryker to fun places, going camping…all the way up to saving money in order to put money down for a brand new house and purchasing a car for both my wife and I. My method was working! Simply having a vision board mixed with both a planner and a journal was shaping my future and I couldn’t believe it. It was actually working, dreaming big, keeping myself accountable with effective questions, setting monthly goals and tracking my expenses daily was causing the universe to respond. This time not in a negative way, but in a positive way…it was though things were aligning together in order to help me achieve my goals and keep my on course to where I wanted to go.
The Cardinal Point Success Planners and Journals are designed for one purpose. They are designed to help that individual accomplish whatever they are striving to accomplish. It doesn’t matter if you are a basketball player, a coach, a high school kid trying out for the school band, a sales professional or even a parent looking to turn a leaf. The questions and strategies that are in these products will be the vehicle to get you from where you are to where you want to be. I promise, utilizing these journals and planners will keep you pushing forward but more importantly help you to be a better person than you were yesterday. I hope my story may inspire you to chase your dreams that much harder.
Thank you and never stop dreaming.