When the idea of Jeromatherapy was first conceived way back in 2003, I was just getting acquainted with my creative self. Having spent the previous 20 years in Big Tech/Big Box technical sales and product development I was adjusting to life as an entrepreneur and as the old saying goes, I was a hammer and everything looked like a nail.
I had used the Steven Covey - inspired Franklin Planner for many years prior and for the most part it worked for me. I had studied the 7 Habits very carefully and aligned the principles with my planning to good, yet not outstanding, effect. Believe me, it wasn't the planner, but the author.
I wanted to be less constrained now with all the time I had just been given to create - new markets, new products, new services, new ideas, new concepts, new processes... It was truly a new world.
So I went without a planner. For years. I journaled, I kept a notepad and a calendar, but they were not tools for me. They were repositories of random thoughts, notes from meetings, important dates (supposedly). I never looked at them, but rather felt compelled at times to utilize them just because they were there.
Result (no surprise here): Failure. On several levels. Of embarrassingly high magnitude.
My life spiraled downward and it was because of one silly, pride-goeth-before-the-fall reason:
I was not accountable.
When I hit my personal "rock bottom" I had several epiphanies in a row and I took action to stem the bleeding of spirit and creativity associated with the failures. My next project would be ME.
For the last two years I reconnected with my Moral Compass and set about fixing my accountability issues.
Facing failures is tough until you realize that there are as many elements to success as there are to failure. But the one and only first step is to identify your major malfunction, acknowledge it and commit to change it.
Once that important first step is taken, your whole life changes and good things begin to happen. But not by chance. You need to sharpen the tools you will need to create you LIFE WELL LIVED.
You have to create the plan that you will commit to, execute and be accountable for.
I set out to find the best planning tools available. At one point I was using four paper planners and two online planners. It was overkill and took up a lot of my free time but I needed a solution that was simple and best aligned with my project.
8In the end I chose the BestSelf Journal and applied the 80/20 rule that Dr. Ben Hardy PhD describes in his YouTube video Achieve Your Goals FASTER With This 2 Minute Exercise