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Tracy Winchell

👷🏻 5 tips for engaging your rational brain using your TfT structure

published4 months ago
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Hi Reader,

Mastering a self-discovery framework unlocks the key to your rational mind.

Unfortunately, we don’t get taught how to do this.

Good news!

I will teach you (during the next several editions of this newsletter) to build a self-awareness framework that will help you:

  • Engage your rational mind
  • Shush your monkey mind
  • Manage stress

Jamie's Journal

A Tools for Thought human -- let's call them Jamie -- has developed an elaborate digital garden.

Jamie shares YouTube videos of their system & gets tons of engagement.

In every one of Jamie's screenshots & videos, one item is glaringly left all alone. No responses. No remarks. No examples.

At the end of every day, Jamie sees evidence of stuff accomplished, knowledge captured. Progressive summarizations occur.

Crickets surround this one daily item. Journaling.

When asked, Jamie expresses disappointment. "Yeah. For some reason, I never make time to write about what's on my mind."

You're Not Alone

As a digital journaling coach, I've run across this scenario over and over again. In the 2+ years I've been teaching and helping Tools for Thought humans integrate self-awareness systems, I've encountered a dozen or so Jamies.

The Jamies in our Tools for Thought community are predisposed to ongoing self-improvement, as are you. Otherwise you wouldn't be reading this.

The problem is that we know we "should" reflect, but we don't know where to start.

For the past 9ish years, I have tamed anxiety, rage, and depression (most of the time), and taught others to solve similar problems -- through atomic journaling practices.

This Newsletter Series Promise

When you complete the teaching & respond to weekly reflections from this series, you will be equipped to install and utilize a lightweight self-reflection framework as part of your daily structure.

The Framework:

  1. Adjust your expectations
  2. Digital reflection is a superpower
  3. Build your own self-reflection practice
  4. Make your practice your own
  5. Have fun!

Reflection prompts

Respond to one or more. Bonus points for sharing with me.

1. Did any part of our fictitious friend Jamie's frustration resonate with you? If so, how?

2. Imagine this: You integrate a self-awareness framework into your daily workflow. After 30 days, how will that version of you be different from Today You?

3. What is your digital thinking tool of choice?

Next week

Next week, you will learn some specific steps for adjusting your expectations.

Meantime, if you have questions or comments, hit reply.

I appreciate knowing if or how I'm helping you.

-t