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The Freedom Journal Is Great, But…

By February 28, 2016 8 Comments

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know how much I love to gain clarity with an idea, plan it out, organize what’s working and what’s not and then turn around and get it done!

I mean, my latest book, The Biz Plan Book, has been build around a powerful system to help you create a solid business plan 3-months at a time. It’s super effective stuff and helps you make magic happen in your business.

So, you can imagine my delight when my husband surprised me with John Lee Dumas’ (of Entrepreneur on Fire) The Freedom Journal! (He got a his and hers edition – sweet, right?)

I opened it up and couldn’t wait to dive into it.

It’s so beautifully done. The cover is a faux leather that is solid. It has 2 (count them – 2!) elastic straps. (My guess is that if one breaks you have backup), the pages have a gold foil edge that gives it an extra level up in the detail department and overall has a solid, quality feel to it.

I opened it up, thumbed through the cream colored pages, enjoyed the new book smell, admired the clean typography, devoured the sample day pages as inspiration for how this can work with my own goal, spelled out my name in pretty gold sticker letters on the front to mark my territory and whipped out my pen to get started.

And then…

I was halted in my tracks!

I discovered a MAJOR gap in the process and it created a serious roadblock for me. I had to fix it before I could move on.

You see, on page 16 & 17 he walks you through how to establish a “SMART” goal.

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This may seem like awesome stuff, and don’t get me wrong, it is, however there is was something missing. Something that prevented me from moving forward. Something that completely stalled me in my tracts.

That something was…

I needed to get clarity on what the goal I am going to be working on for this next 100 days actually is.

THERE IS NOWHERE IN THE BOOK TO WRITE DOWN THE ANSWERS! NOWHERE TO WRITE DOWN MY CLEAR GOAL!

UGH!

(Yes, I was yelling – that’s how frustrating it is for me. No offense.)

I had to create somewhere for me to write out more specific questions with the valuable answers. Somewhere I could get super clear on what that goal is and somewhere to write it down.

You’d think it would be obvious that the goal needs to be clearly stated inside the book before Day 1 begins.

One would think. *Sigh*

To remedy the situation, I came up with a worksheet solution that I could print out, fill out, fold in half and stick inside the book right where I needed it to be. (Between pages 26 & 27 to be exact)

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Once I did this I was able to fill it out quickly and get super duper clear on my goal for the next 100 days. I mean crystal clear. That’s the kind of clarity you want when goal setting. If you don’t have clarity, it could completely paralyze you from moving forward.

Not good.

I want you to be able to have the same clarity I’ve been able to get with this, so I’m letting you have the worksheet I created. No strings attached.

To download it, CLICK HERE.

Enjoy your clarity time, honey.

And if you have a copy of The Freedom Journal, I’d love to hear about your likes and dislikes about it. Is it working for you? Have you started your 100 day goal journey? Did you get stuck in the same spot I did?

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8 Comments

  • Brenda says:

    Thank you – I’ve been asking myself this question all day. Brilliant that you paved the way with a tool to “focus” in on the actual goal. We women tend to think about 50 things at once (yes, a generalization), men only one (another generalization.) So yes, we (women) need to work that much hard to pick just one.

  • Piper says:

    Just got the freedom journal recently and felt the same way! There is NO place to brainstorm + write down your 100 day goal! So silly!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you! I noticed this immediately too. Received the journal yesterday, dug in today and was rather confused by not having this section….

  • Katrina says:

    Thanks for this! I have been stumped on what to pick as well. In fact to start off I thought it was 3 goals to work with. I hope they fix this for future editions. I am excited to get started now.

  • Jay says:

    I have to say, I experienced the same thing. I actually Googled: How do you choose a goal using The Freedom Journal. I’ll go through your insert and hopefully it provides a bit of clarity. I have so many ideas!

  • Ok just another one to say thank you so much for this it is greatly appreciated. Natalie Marie Collins you are a star!

  • Jenny says:

    Is it still an issue in the printed version of the journal? For now, I printed myself the first 30 days of the journal from the PDF shared on the eofire site and I have this on page 19.

    However, I love the idea of signing the contract with myself that you have on your worksheet <3

    • Natalie Marie Collins says:

      Hi Jenny!

      It’s in the official PDF now?!? How cool! They must have found my post and incorporated it in. 😉

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