Create the Life You Want- Start an Action Journal

by Sherri Carter, MS, ATH Supervising Editor of

A Note from ATH Supervising Editor, Sherri Carter: Here are some suggestions in starting an Action Journal. Based on the idea of a gratitude journal, an Action Journal will help you focus on creating experiences which support your intentions, and those New Year’s Resolutions.

Whether itís New Yearís Resolutions, setting intentions, or goals to achieve, deciding what you want is only the first step. Next, comes adding supportive action. Starting an Action Journal can help you focus your actions towards creating what you desire. The idea of an Action Journal is based on the gratitude journals. While the gratitude journals helped people find things to be grateful for throughout their day, the Action Journal will help you to live your resolutions, intentions and goals, creating them in each step you take.

Here are a few suggestions on how to use your Action Journal:

* Brainstorm on how you can create what you desire. Make a list of what you can do. This list gives you a starting point of what you can do- to empower you. You never know where one action will lead, so be open to the path as it opens to you.

* Write down everything- and everyone- which is supportive of your goals. This is what you will nurture and strengthen. Surround yourself with support. See where you already are living your intentions. Expand and grow from this place of support for what is possible. These are the experiences to which you will say YES!

* Write down everything- and everyone- which isnít supportive of your goals. This is where you will need to create a plan for releasing what doesnít work for you in achieving your goals. You may not be able to fully release your physical location to a situation- or person- but you can release your emotional attachment. These experiences- the ones which move you further from you goals- are the ones to which you will say NO!

* Everyday, write down what you did to support your goals and intentions; whether itís saying yes to what you want, or no to what you donít want. Begin looking for actions you can take; become the change you wish for. No matter how big or small, take action which moves you closer to what is possible; create experiences which are empowering and fulfilling. In creating these supportive experiences, you are attracting more of that desire, that feeling, which will ultimately lead to achieving your goal. For example, if you want a loving relationship, be a loving person. Celebrate each loving act, each act of kindness.

NY Times Best Selling Authors, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, developed what they called The Rule of Five. They set their intentions for their book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, to become a best selling book. They didnít stop with only setting their intentions. They brainstormed on every possible action they could think of, writing each on a post it note and placing it on their action wall.† They did five things each and everyday to support this goal.† Each of these singular actions, focused on a singular goal, added up to achieving their desired outcome.

So, whether itís one thing, five, or a hundred, each action you take should be one that moves you towards what it is you desire. Make responsible use of yes and no. Add verb to your intentions and begin living what you desire! In adding an Action Journal, you can see the progress youíre making and celebrate each step. Every action you take, to support the life you desire to create, is one moment of living your intentions, bringing those desired goals of the future into your present moment!


Jo S.
Jo S2 years ago

Thank you Dr.

Helen Wu
Helen Wu4 years ago

Thank you for Sharing :)

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Great article! Thanks!

Sherri C.
Sherri Carter4 years ago

Thank you all for the comments! I know that I find it helpful to, at a minimum, check in with my actions- asking if this moves me closer or further away from my goals. By holding myself accountable, knowing I need to DO something which supports my actions, then I perpetuate that forward motion, each action leads to more action. Wishing each of you much success!

Christine Jones
Christine J4 years ago

I think we've all been stuck at some point, whether it's job, relationship, whatever. I know I have.

Amira R.
Amira R4 years ago

I don't have the time to do this every single day. However, I made a 101 goals in 1001 days list (Day Zero Project on Google, if you're interested) and from the list I decide what goals to focus on every month.

It's an awesome feeling getting things done and being able to cross them off the list :D

Sue T.
Susan T5 years ago

i am so stuck and have been for so long ....

Lauren Weinstock
Lauren Weinstock5 years ago

So many interesting comments, and a very wonderful article. Even if you don't take up the idea of an Action journal, maybe the idea will coalesce into another action - with interesting results. I'm all for taking the road that becomes a path, that forces you to find your own way.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago

Very nice and helpful thank you.

Tim C.
Tim C5 years ago