Why do I believe in using a journal?
I am not probably your stereotypical person to promote using a journal. I am a former professional rugby player, dad, an entrepreneur, mental health campaigner, chairman of a charity and motivational speaker. Many hats to my very busy life but journalling is the one thing that allows me to keep in check, grounded and make sure my head is in the best shape possible.
It starts in the past
This weekend I celebrate the launch of my own journal now, the two in one BEE YOU and WHATS NEXT? journal. Why have I done this and whats this deeper reasons behind it?
It starts with My What’s Next? theory providing a key steer throughout. That question; ‘What’s Next?’, has been so important to me and my life. It changed my life around 6 years ago. It has gotten me through some very tough times. I found myself sat in a police cell feeling sorry for myself after I’d been involved in a fight and my life was at the lowest I had ever been. I’d been let go from my contract at Leeds Rhinos, my partner had finished with me and I started drinking excessively. I’d lost my dream job and my dream girl and I was 22. I felt angry and hopeless. In the whole process I was asking my self one question.. Why me? this just led to further misery.
Questions are the answers
I realised if I wanted different answers, then I need a different question. So I started to make myself think ‘What’s Next?’ – what can I do to affect change and turn this situation around?” Within months, I had turned my life around, rekindled with my partner and got my rugby career back on track.
This then let me to starting a speaking business talking about this and all of my other life’s hardships. I found his theory really helped people and worked for overcoming setbacks. Everything started from there. Thinking positively, acting more positively, making positive choices in my life. And I soon realised I wanted to help other people do that. I began telling my ‘What’s Next?’ story across the country and now I do it internationally. This is also what I teach in my Success School. This same theory is how I began campaign #ITSOKAYTOTALK and Andy’s Man Club after the death by suicide of my brother-in-law, Andy Roberts. The same theory I used to quit rugby and focus on my speaking business.
The journal is split into two sections; What’s Next? and Bee You the other. The Bee You section is around goal setting, appreciations/gratitude, affirmations, self reflection and developing a pro active mindset. I hope these very tools I use myself will help you to have the same positive impacts as I have had.
To learn more about my new journal head here to my bee you journal page. It will explain in more detail and you can even grab one!