HighlyEffectiveParenting.com presents...







The unique and beautiful Power Journal workbook

doesn't look like an ordinary journal or diary,

because it isn't one.

Entries in the Power Journal are not concerned with everywhere a person went or everything that was done during the day.  Instead, they are written towards the "power centers" which we all possess...

(see notes on the "spiritual' aspect and the left-brain/right-brain model)

When a journaler makes entries, s/he:

  • Thinks of what s/he did during the day using his/her left brain, right brain, values of the heart, etc. 

  • Makes entries relating to those actions;

  • Puts checkmarks in the corresponding columns by those entries, and

  • Circles those checks which are related to each other in purpose.

Here is an entry example...

...wherein the young man:

  • rode around on his bicycle (exercise);

  • helped his friend wash dishes (heart, or compassion) (O.K.--it wasn't totally altruistic. He helped so that they could get out of the house faster)

  • had an idea about a new computer game (creativitiy);

  • called a person he didn't know very well (courage)and

  • learned about his idea's possibilities (learning).

(The last three entries were related to each other in purpose, so were circled)



Make an example of your own actions today! Think for a second of what you have done today which involved learning, creativity, helping or courage, exercise , or spirituality, and imagine writing these instances down. 





Why would your children want to use this journal?

Because when various types of actions are combined towards one purpose, the points and rewards are multiplied, not simply added.

To be more specific:

  1. The scoring system  reflects the reality that when we employ all of our power centers towards one purpose, our results are multiplied many times.

  2. The rewards acknowledge the reality that we change our actions when we are initially  rewarded to do so; and

  3. The results themselves are surprisingly addictive: the satisfaction from greater achievements and increased self-esteem soon becomes the primary motivator in the process, and the need for the Power Journal system falls away. (See a young man's experience)




What it looks like

The scoring system

The rewards system




 Bruce Grady

805 N. Main St.

Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

641-472-3880 or

bgrady(at) lisco.com

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