Last week I presented a 20 minute talk about journal writing to a group of 15 small business owners at a networking breakfast. They’re a great bunch with whom I network on a regular basis, and as they can be quite lively I was curious to see how they would respond to some quiet time to write reflectively.
Having explained a little bit about the power of journaling I then led them through 4 carefully selected journaling prompts – to break them in gently!
I was thrilled that for 10 whole minutes the whole group – most of whom were not accustomed to this type of activity – sat and wrote. The sense of mindful calm that descended upon the room was luscious – and something that I have become very familiar with, and fond of, when encouraging groups of people to reflect together.
In the spirit of reviewing and setting goals and intentions for the New Year, the prompts I suggested were:
I am grateful for..
It is a time of…
My accomplishments this week have been…
Next week I promise myself…
After the session there were a number of questions and comments, and a real sense that beginning the day mindfully was a positive thing.
I hope that more business owners will give journaling a try to gain perspective, test out ideas and tap into their inner wisdom, creativity and resourcefulness. After all this is the true spirit of the entrepreneur.