Catastrophe journal


It’s not really a catastrophe. It simply feels that way.” – Seth Godin

I’m a big fan of journals. I use them to log my travels, my reflections and even my failures. Seth Godin eloquently advocates the lattermost as a literary embrace of failure in his post “A Catastrophe Journal”:

  • “Every time you’re sure you’ve blown it, completely blown it, that you’re certain you’re going to get disbarred, fired, demoted—becoming friendless, homeless and futureless—write it down in your Catastrophe Journal. Write down.
    • What you did that was so horrible
    • The consequences you expect since the world as you know it is now coming to an end.
  • Do this every time a catastrophe occurs. What you’ll find, pretty certainly, is that two things happen:
    • You will realize over time that your predictions of doom don’t occur, and
    • As soon as you begin writing down the details, the cycle we employ of making the details worse and worse over time will slow and stop.”