Become the Best Version of Yourself
Develop mental strength, improve self-awareness, live a life of virtue
The Commonplace Self-Mastery Journal is a self-learning guide to living with a life of honor and virtue. Designed to be carried with you at all times, this journal is used track when you successfully make a virtuous decision and when you fail. By focusing on just one virtue at a time, you’ll begin to notice and understand how you think, act, and relate to the world around you. With enough practice, you’re mental willpower will increase and you’ll become more disciplined, conscientious, and mentally strong.
Most of us think highly of ourselves, but our actions often fall short
Actions speak louder than words. While it’s never been easier to fake good will or create a positive image of ourselves online, finding people who actually live a life worth emulating has never been harder to find. Most of us hide behind our words instead of showing the world through action. The result is weak minds, poor behavior, and an identity that conflicts with truth, happiness, and well-being.
Improve how other see you, how you interact with the world, and how you see yourself
Focus on the virtues that matter most – become the best version of yourself, not someone else
Stop saying you’re a good person and start BEING a good person – actions not words
Focus on one virtue at a time – eventually you won’t need a journal at all
It’s the little things that count the most
Most of us think that virtue is only needed in large doses:
- Courage to defend from a physical assault
- Truth when there’s a lot on the line
- Generosity for wealthy
However the truth is that virtue is something that always needs to be practiced. Yet, these little moments add up into a lifetime. The small opportunities are what matters most. There we have the most power to do good and change our thoughts and actions for the better. Only then will we be ready and prepared when the big moments arrive. For this reason, the Self-Mastery Journal doesn’t differentiate between small and large – each are opportunities that shouldn’t be ignored.
Rate yourself, analyze your actions, develop self-awareness
The first step is to acknowledge that you’re not perfect. Without self-reflection and a constant awareness of your thoughts, there’s almost no way to improve the way you live. This self-awareness is the central focus of each journal. By concentrating on just one virtue at a time and rating your use of it each day, you’ll naturally integrate that virtue into your mindset for long-term changes in how you live and see the world.
Become the person you want to be – the best version of yourself
Self-Mastery Journals were designed with enough flexibility for complete personalization and enough structure to keep you moving forward. Ultimately, this means that wherever this journal takes you in life is completely up to you.
The Commonplace Self-Mastery Journal
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24 Virtue Cards (optional)
– Use them as a reminder
Virtue cards provide a simple reminder of the virtue you should be focusing on that day. Slip a card in your pocket for the day, leave it around your home/office, or put it somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day.
Honesty about what you believe or know to be true/right (No lying, self-deception, or mock modesty)
Courage and Fortitude
The ability to confront fear, intimidation, danger, difficulty and uncertainty (Not rash, foolhardy, or cowardly)
Restraint, self-control, and moderation of sex, food, & leisure (Not self-indulgent, gluttonous, or too strict)
How you flaunt wealth and possessions (Not vulgar, tasteless, stingy, or overly generous for it’s own sake)
How you display and use your status, rank, or position in society (No vanity, tyranny, or excessively humbleness)
Desire to achieve something, make progress, or reach greatness in your life (No empty vanity or laziness)
The ability to wait for the right moment and/or to control your emotions (Not reactionary or a pushover)
How well you treat others (Not obsequiousness or cantankerousness – respectful of those who are good to you)
Ability to be humorous at the right time and place (no boorishness or buffoonery).
Goodness in it’s proper color or humility in behavior, dress, and demeanor (not flashy, shy, or shameless)
Becoming upset by something unjust or unworthy (No envy, spitefulness, or non-empathy)
Faithfulness in thoughts and action with friends/ relationships (no betrayal or blind loyalty)
Focused or present at the moment or task at hand (Not obsessive, distracted, or completely uninterested)
Doing the things that need to be done when they need to be done (no laziness/careless/negligence or work obsessed)
Wisdom / Prudence
The ability to recognize the objectively best decision (Not blindly reactionary or non-responsive when one is needed)
Empathy or the ability to see the views & feelings of others (Not projecting yourself or ignorance of the opposing side)
An inner sense of peace and stability (Not emotionally reactive, anxious, or sedated/completely non-responsive)
Appreciation for your possessions, relationships, and experiences (not entitled or excessively humble)
Writing vs Typing
“When you have to use your energy to put those words down, you are more apt to make them count.” – Raymond Chandler
While digital tools are often easier and more convenient than pen and paper, the actual act of writing down thoughts, ideas, and information has been shown to drastically improve memory and understanding. Spend less time and money by using tools that work (if apps were effective you’d already be an expert).