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We’re all on a journey in life and on this journey what could be more important than knowing who you are, the path that your on and your strategy for getting there?
This is what the captains log aims to help you answer.
Don’t be a passenger. Be the Captain.
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The Lowdown on The Log
The Daily Log
Inspiring and motivational quotes, all carefully curated.
Gratitude - The quickest way to change your life is to change your perspective and a perspective of gratitude is the key to increase your happiness almost instantly.
Staying productive - By prioritising your 3 most important tasks daily, it couldn’t be simpler to stay productive. No need to over complicate things, the key is to put the effort into deciding on the most effective course of action for each day - THE NIGHT BEFORE.
Meditation - Not just for monks, many of the worlds top achievers and performers have this one thing in common. Some form of a meditative practice can be an invaluable tool for keeping your mental health in check and also keep you at the top of your game in all aspects of life.
Reflection - You are free to do as you wish with this space but to take stock of where you are at in all aspects of life is essential ingredient for progress. There are useful questions provided to help with this if you feel stuck and there's also space to write your own.
Monthly & weekly pages - plan your month and week ahead of time, then reflect and review your progress at the end.
Why not use a digital tool?
Digital tools such as Apps are awesome for so many things, but when it comes to important stuff like self-reflection and goal setting, writing with pen and paper is unbeatable. Studies show that “you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis” Don’t believe me? Here’s the science.
Without a doubt, there is definitely something different, even special, about putting pen to paper.
Personally, as a web developer who spends most of his day in the crosshairs of one screen or another, I welcome the 10-15mins of writing I do in my journal each day. Of course Apps have their place and are extremely useful but they fall short when compared to the effectiveness of a good old pen and paper in this scenario.
"The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen." ~ Lee Iacocca
Over a decade ago and clueless as to what todo with my life I visited a career guidance counsellor. He made a suggestion. It sounded respectable and like it had the potential to fulfil my naive and immature definition of success at the time. I had no clue what I wanted so I rolled with it. Big mistake!
I was then catapulted into a work-life I could not have cared less about. For years I accepted it as fate but then I began to feel I was living a meaningless life. Eventually I couldn’t take it anymore, there had to be more to life than this. I started to search for answers and I started to read… a lot.
From the autobiographies of top entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Dragons Den business-men to self-help classics like Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I was all “7 habits this, goal-setting that”. I couldn’t get enough.
Success was on the brain and gradually my mind started to open. Old thought patterns began to disintegrate and new possibilities and opportunities started to unfold.
This is when I began setting goals and keeping a journal. You know the drill, a few lines of reflection at the end of each day asking where was I going in life, what were my goals.
It worked… in a way. Within about 6 months I had thought myself programming, changed careers and became a web developer; things were certainly looking up.
The problem, it seemed to me, was that the feeling I got from hitting a goal was almost always short lived. There was always another goal to take it’s place and this thing called ‘success’ was still no where to be found; just like Bono - I still hadn’t found what I was looking for.
The search deepened. Now my reading had moved from business and entrepreneurship to philosophy, spirituality and yoga. I was no longer satisfied that material accomplishments alone were the answer, I had deeper questions, I still do!
Then one day something clicked. I began to realise just how conditioned my idea of success actually was. It wasn’t really even mine, it was what I'd been led to believe I needed in order to be successful.
It was clear: outward ‘success’ does not always result in fulfilment or happiness, true ‘success’ does and must. Therefore true success must be largely internal, something to be cultivated or discovered within.
The problem was, I was too wrapped up in achieving goals; getting busy being busy with out ever really asking WHY. There was little depth or meaning behind what I was doing and the answer wasn’t to be found in travelling the world or in a better profession with more money and believe me I tried.
What was missing was a balance between being productive and just being, between hitting goals and progressing in life to being happy with the here and now.
I created the Captains log as a tool to help strike this balance. It’s no magic pill, just a tool to help live a more balanced and happy life.
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The Captain’s Log is the first step for me to begin living my purpose: to create things that inspire people to both find purpose and break through self-created limitations.
So many of us build walls around our capabilities that we handicap ourselves before we even get started. If living up to your potential is a goal for you, then breaking down these walls must be the first step.
I also strongly believe there needs to be a greater focus on knowing the ‘WHY’ behind our actions and goals. Knowing it so well that it will lead to great achievements while avoiding what is not worth our while. It’s easy to ‘get busy’ but if the foundation of purpose is missing from all of this activity, what’s the point?
Success to me no longer means fame, money, status or a comfortable lifestyle. It means living a life of purpose while aspiring to self-mastery because, as the old adage goes - ‘no man is free who is not master of himself’.
Who know's, I would really love to build a community around the captains log, but without a doubt I want to continue creating anything that may empower and inspire people to break through their limitations and find purpose in life.
Thank you so much for checking out my project, your support is greatly appreciated!
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing a high quality journal involves a lot planning, research and a high attention to detail. Finding a suitable manufacturer who you can communicate well with is vital to ensuring the product is made exactly how you want it. Luckily I found an awesome manufacturer who has previously worked with a world class journal and notebook maker.