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5 Reasons You Need To Start Journaling

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t really my thing. I’m more of a goals guy. I suppose some might think the two are interchangeable. Perhaps, to a degree, that may be true. I guess I just see goals as being much more involved. More thought out. Better planned. Resolutions often seem too general. A happy thought, tossed into the ether on a whim.

If I’m going to accomplish anything, I need a plan. Hence, goals.

My New Years Resolution

journal-writingHowever, this year, for the fun of it, I decided to make a New Year’s Resolution. Something I wanted to pursue throughout the year that was good for me. Just not necessarily something involved enough to be a full-fledged goal.

For years I’ve read about the benefits of journaling. It’s a habit all the great entrepreneurs and most successful people practice daily. Being a great entrepreneur is a goal of mine. However, I’ve never been able to commit myself to journaling.

Until 2016.

That’s my resolution. To journal.

Here we are, two weeks into the new year. I’ve been journaling, (at the time of this blog) for exactly 14 days. I’m hooked. Entirely. In actuality, I’ve been questioning myself as to why I didn’t start doing this sooner! Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20.

Even in the short time since I began, I’ve already seen several incredible benefits which will now motivate me to keep this up throughout the year.

5 Reasons You Need To Start Journaling

1) Downloading My Thoughts: As someone who has insomniac tendencies, there’s nothing more frustrating than laying in bed at night, desperately wanting to be asleep, but instead, processing what seems to be an endless string of thoughts and ideas. Journaling seems to have solved this. Taking a few minutes to jot down what’s in my head before turning in for the night has resulted in some of the best sleep I’ve had in months!

2) Personal Accountability: One of the most vital pieces of the puzzle when it comes to accomplishing your goals is accountability. By writing down my daily activity, I’ve inadvertently created a new layer of accountability in my life. My journal tracks my progress.

3) Attitude Check: At the end of each day, one of the things I journal is my accomplishments. I document each blessing. Be it a booked voice over, a new client, a new opportunity or anything else worth celebrating. Ending my day this way, on a positive and reflective note, has also turned into a better start each morning. That was an unexpected side affect that’s kept me smiling for two weeks!

4) Creative Wellspring: Although the original intent of my journal was to simply document what I’ve been doing, it’s turned into something more. A launching pad for what’s to come! By reflecting on each days efforts and celebrating the successes, another surprise benefit has been how this act, has inspired me to new ideas. Writing down what’s working has sparked my mind to even more things to try.

5) Boosted Self Confidence: By the very practice of writing down what I’ve accomplished on a given day, I’m re-enforcing for myself my ability to do what I do for a living. Whether it’s a booked voice over, a successful coaching session or selling a course. My confidence is higher in the two weeks since I began journaling than it’s been in the two months prior to getting started.

January 1, I never would’ve guessed I’d see any of these benefits. Even if I had considered it as plausible, I certainly never would’ve believed it would happen so fast!

Now I understand why all the most successful people journal. If I’m enjoying these five unexpected benefits in just two weeks, I can’t wait to see how I feel after a couple months!

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One Common Trait Among Nearly All Entrepreneurs

The more I read about some of the most famous entrepreneurs of our generation and of days gone by, and the more I reflect on my own life and business and personality, the more I’ve confirmed one common trait among nearly all entrepreneurs.

* When I needed a website for my voice over business, I didn’t know how to do it or what to use.

* When I needed to create a mailing list solution, I didn’t know how to set one up or work it.

* When I needed to find a CRM system to manage my database, I didn’t know where to begin.

* When I needed to start direct marketing my voice over services, I didn’t know jack squat about how to market.

* When I needed to do advanced editing for my audio files, I was lost in Adobe Audition.

Every time I was faced with a challenge that had to be overcome in order for me to move forward, I figured it out.

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One Common Trait Among Nearly All Entrepreneurs

What’s the trait?

Entrepreneurs figure it out!

The vast majority of this stuff isn’t tough in school.  There’s no college course or university degree. Heck I didn’t even go to college!

When an entrepreneur needs to do something, they dive in head first and figure it out.

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What’s Holding You Back

We love to say, “I don’t know how,” and then use that as an excuse. I don’t need to tell you there’s a difference between excuses and reasons. Excuses are generally what we use when we’re operating from a place of fear or laziness. There’s no good reason to let an excuse stand in your way.

What aspect of your voice over business are you making up excuses for?

What’s an area you need to grow?

What’s a task you’ve been putting off?

What do you need to get started on?

  • Read a blog
  • Buy a book
  • Watch a video
  • Find a mentor
  • Ask a question
  • Hire a coach
  • Take a course

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, it’s time to figure it out!

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3 Must Read Biographies For Entrepreneurs

If you’re a voice talent, you’re an entrepreneur. If you don’t yet see yourself in this light, you should. It might help shift your mindset towards a more professional, business-oriented way of thinking.

In the past couple months, I’ve dove headlong into a few great biographies and books for entrepreneurs. Some of them have provided me with many great lessons which I’ve already began to apply to my own life and business. If you want to become a great entrepreneur, study the ones who already are!

As we roll into the winter, at least in Canada, I know there will be a lot more indoor time and than outdoor time. For those of you that share my thinking, that means there’s no better time to pick up some great new reading material.

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Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

Will we ever known the true story of Steve Jobs? I have my doubts. This is the second Jobs biography I’ve read. That’s in addition to the numerous documentaries and movies I’ve watched. Most of them tell similar stores, but they all have different stories. Stories that often seem to conflict at times.

Regardless of where all the truth lies, there are a few undeniable facts. First, Steve Jobs changed the word. Second, Steve Jobs was one of the greatest entrepreneurs to ever live. This book is filled with insights into Jobs, and how he thought and worked. Learn from him, and you’ll be a better entrepreneur! [Click to Buy]

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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Has there ever been someone that has redefined, not only one, or two, but three different industries? Off the top of my head, I certainly can’t think of one. But that’s exactly what Elon Musk has done. In fact, some might even argue that he’s redefined four industries. PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City.

I’ve written about Musk, and this book, recently. If you missed the post, check out Five Voice Over Lessons Learned From Elon Musk. This book is a must read if you want to learn about what it takes to not only be an entrepreneur, but to experience massive success. I consumed this book in a few short days. I didn’t want to put it down. [Click to Buy]

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Jim Henson: The Biography

I love the Muppets. I have always loved the Muppets. I’m not sure I love the new TV show, I’m still undecided. But everything else about the Muppets, I love. I have the movies on TV. I even have almost all the collectibles from McDonald’s that came out a hundred years ago. So naturally, I would be drawn to a biography about Jim Henson.

It’s only been a day or two since I started reading this one, so I’m not even finished it yet. That said, what I’ve read so far is so good that I knew I needed to include it in this light. This book truly gives you insight into the creative mind of Henson, as well as his work ethic and some of his business philosophies. The guy was a genius. Period. You can learn a lot from this book. I have already, and know I’ll continue to do so as I finish reading. [Click to Buy]

Worth The Investment

Financially, there’s not a much better investment you can make in your business as far as ROI. Buy a book for $10, and gain a lifetime of knowledge from the person you’re studying. Beyond that, it’s also one of the best investments of time you can make as well.

It’s all an investment in your own personal and professional development. And that’s an investment in your success!

Have you got any great book recommendations? Comment below.

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A Roadblock To Success

I get it. Jumping into voice over with both feet is hard. Scary. Intimidating. Hey, it took me years before I made the plunge. Even then, I didn’t jump in so much as I was pushed. Forcefully. Without warning.

In the few years that have passed since I made the commitment to pursuing my voice over career full-time, there’s one lesson I’ve learned.

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Almost daily I hear from people who are “trying to break in.” They’re spending a half hour here, an hour there, in between their day job, their favourite TV show and kids baseball practice. They’re submitting a few auditions a day, or maybe a week, and wondering where the riches, fame and glory are.

A Roadblock To Success

You can’t have full-time success with part-time commitment.

Not everybody can dive in. Like I said, I get it. But as with any other endeavour in life, you get out what you put in. If you’re only putting in a few hours here and there and expecting your career to take off, I’m telling you right now, don’t hold your breath.

Entreprenuership is not for the faint of heart. If you really want to make the magic happen… get your hands dirty. Make no mistake about it, if you’re going to be a full-time voice talent, you better be ready to be an entrepreneur!

If you want it bad enough, you’ll sacrifice for it. It’s the only way to breakthrough this roadblock to success.


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One Way To Elevate Your Self Confidence

Being confident is one of the most important building blocks for voice over success. When you’re self confident, it impacts every area of your life and business. You market better. Audition better. Perform better.

What can do you, then, to build your self confidence? In this weeks video I share a tactic that I’ve employed for a couple years now, very successfully, in my own voice over business. It worked wonders for me, and I believe it can for you too!

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