In a study conducted by Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University and Robert Emmons of the University of California, they found that the group of individuals in their study who wrote down positive, grateful information were more alert, enthusiastic, determined, optimistic and energetic. This group also reported feeling less depression and stress. The study also found that individuals who are positive and upbeat are happier and wealthier than those who are negative, filled with doubts and unhappy.
Many famous individuals kept journals or scripted out their lives: John D. Rockefeller, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, John Adams, Ronald Reagan and Mark Twain.
I’ve written often about the power of scripting out your ideal life. Scripts creates a blueprint of the ideal life you desire. Reading your scripts keeps you focused on the vision of your ideal life. It also helps in keeping you focused on positive outcomes.
This is important because the brain can only hold on to one thought at a time. By regularly reading your script, you force yourself to focus on positive outcomes and, by default, negative outcomes take a back seat.
Create a script of your ideal life today. Focus on what could be and not on what is. Circumstances can be changed. Many self-made millionaires started out poor (41% according to my Rich Habits study grew up in a poor household). If they can change their circumstances, so can you!