My Daily Secrets Exposed

Words alone can’t do full justice to my daily document routine. That’s why I filmed a short video for you, where I bring you into my world and go through each set of guiding principles, one by one. I’ve even added a couple of new documents in the last few months.

I hope this will inspire you to create your own set of daily documents to review. These will help guide you to success.

Plus, you’ll discover the simple Gratitude & Achievement journaling process that reminds to be thankful for the so many amazing things I have in my life. You’ll get a lot of out that little exercise, too.

Let me know what you review on a daily basis by commenting below.

[Ed. Note. Craig Ballantyne is the author of Financial Independence Monthly, a complete blueprint to helping you take control of your financial future with a web-based business that you can operate from anywhere in the world – including a coffee shop, your kitchen table, or anywhere around the world where there is Internet access. Discover how you can achieve the American Dream and your financial independence here. You’ve never seen anything like this before.]



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  • olivermckenna

    the video link for daily rituals does not open/work?
    Find your articles and info very very good btw. Oliver

  • Wendy

    I wasn’t able to view the video on my iPad but am certain it contains powerful ideas so I am off to find a Windows device to watch a video that will challenge and inspire me!

  • Doug Doebler

    Craig – Your Daily Documents video is a Fantastic example of stealth organization and dedication skills for business and life. Your a true leader and mentor to many. Please keep sharing your daily routines. I’m going to print out some of those ideas now.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Doug, thanks so much, great to hear from you as always. Lots of good stuff from our friend, Frank.

  • Face it. Nobody owes you a living.

    What you achieve or fail to achieve in your lifetime

    is directly related to what you do…

    or fail to do.

    No one chooses his or her parents or childhood,

    but you can choose your own direction.

    Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome,

    but that, too, is relative to each individual.

    Nothing is carved in stone.

    You can change anything in your life

    if you want to badly enough…

    Excuses are for losers.

    Those who take responsibility for their actions

    are the real winners in life.

    Winners meet life’s challenges head on,

    knowing no guarantees,

    and they give each challenge all they’ve got.

    Never think that it is too late or too early to begin.

    Time plays no favorites,

    and time will pass whether or not you act.

    Take control of your life.

    Dare to dream and take some risk…compete.

    Be enthusiastic. Show some compassion.

    If you are not willing to honestly work for your goals

    do not expect others to.

    And most importantly…believe in yourself.

  • I can’t get the video link to work. I was really looking forward to seeing it.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      We’ll get this issue sorted ASAP. Not sure why some people can’t see it.

  • Wow Craig thank you for sharing such valuable content. I have presently have one such document that I do not read daily. I plan on retyping it and laminating and reading on a daily basis. Again thank you for being an inspiration


    • Craig Ballantyne

      Happy to help, Judith.

  • Adam

    Worked on laptop, but not on Droid Razr Maxx.

    Excellent – thank you!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Thanks Adam, for your kind words and for your feedback on the video. We’ll fix it for all media sources, thanks.

  • Chick J

    Good Day Craig,
    As always you seem to make mine good, too. You are only one of the few people who videos I watch. Most videos are boring or I rather read the transcripts instead.
    You are an excellent speaker, you come across real and give great info. Your video The American dream is the best one I have ever watched. When someone ask how to make a video I always tell them to watch yours. I wish more people did.
    The only thing I do as a ritual is to write a journal each day. At least 200 words. At first it seem to be hard to write 200 words, now it comes much easier and more ideas seem to flow.
    Thank you for today’s wonderful video and ideas. I am already making a list of possible documents for myself.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate your kind words.

  • Thanks for sharing Craig! It’s really helpful to see some of the daily tasks you complete and I can understand how this helps keep you mentally focused. I’m definitely going to take a look at some of the resources you pointed out in the video. A brief summary of each document along with links to download them would make for an awesome ETR post and a nice resource to keep on file. I think the idea of reviewing certain documents that are guiding principles for your personal life and business is an amazing idea that I plan to implement now. Thanks for everything you do and keep up the great work my friend!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Awesome Brett, hope your own documents guide you to success.

  • Jayne

    I really enjoy listening to your daily rituals thank you so much, its important to keep pushing yourself towards your goals

  • yusra

    Thank you ,I realy liked what you said . I always collect notes or articles which
    give me a new vision or organise my thought ,but never arrange it in the way you do to keep return to them regularly . I will start doing my document and gratitude exercise . Thank you

  • Ravi Sinanan

    That was awesome!

  • Amanda

    A note to anyone watching Craig’s awesome video. GET A PEN before it starts and TAKE NOTES. I’ve just watched this through once, and I’m going to watch it again and this time take notes because it’s so packed with fabulously inspiring ideas.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Aw shucks, thank you very much.

  • I went and printed out the documents you mentioned, as well as “If” by Rudyard Kipling and had them laminated. That alone was enough to kick me into overdrive today.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Nice, always great to hear from you, Josh.

  • Elizabeth McKenna

    Hi Craig – You remind me repeatedly that what is missing most in my life and what is certainly the major contributor to my current lack of success is lack of discipline. Your recent column on your rules struck a chord with me and although I think about getting up early, and getting to work without being distracted, I have yet to make it a non-negotiable rule. I make schedules and timelines and goal lists, have a “power hour” routine on paper and on my desk, and even weights and an exercise ball where I can’t miss them in my living room, but what is missing is action and the discipline to take action. I think it is time I shut up and just do it, and stop being so afraid of failing. Thanks so much for sharing – I have become a dedicated ETR follower! I will let you know of my many successes. Liz

  • Jonathan

    Good on ya Craig.. Love your work!!!


  • Jo

    Craig, Thank you for sharing how you stay focused on all aspects of your life. I sometimes find it hard to keep my head above water with family obligations and a business, but you’ve inspired me to get back in the habit of reviewing my goals and inspirational/insightful words from others on a daily basis so that they become a part of who I am. Prayer time for me takes into account the rest.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Happy to help, Jo.

  • Great content, Craig. Daily “touch-stones” create a solid mindset. Thanks for reminding me about the power of this daily routine. Good stuff!

  • Have been using Kekich’s Credos since you first recommended them on ETR, and have added material from Tamara Lowe, Arthur Ashe (believe it or not), Denis Waitley, Napoleon Hill, and (lastly, to keep me smiling) Captain James Tiberius Kirk.

    Curious to know: how do I find Ted Nicholas 20 that you mentioned? *Very* interested in that.

    Thanks for this, Craig. As always, you’ve provided material that will keep me moving forward by giving me specific actions in alignment with my goals.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Thanks Maria. I believe I found the 20 Ted Nicholas lines from the back of one of his books…Billion Dollar Ads or something.

  • Ahmed

    That is a great message. Although I had a lot of work to do and a paved way too, this message helped me to breakthrough the plateau I faced recently.

    Ahmed Birairi

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Happy to help, Ahmed.


  • Trevor

    Great info Craig.
    Cool thing about your routine is it doesn’t take long to implement each day.
    Short and Simple yet Powerful!

  • Lisa

    I have been unable to locate your interpretations of the Dave Kekich Credos.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Lisa, please visit and add your email to get the American Dream guide. Thank you.

  • Thanks Craig. It’s a huge eye opener to see what you do on a daily basis to make sure your making progress.

    I’ve starting putting together my package and will begin tomorrow morning to feed my mind with all the stuff that has made me the person I am today.

    I never thought about doing that on a daily basis. What a great idea. I can see how that would positively impact my life.

    Right now I’m just floating through life expecting good things to happen from all I’ve done in the past. Really great advice Craig.

    Again thanks for sharing this.

  • Sheila K. McIntyre-Blust

    Thank you so much for all the helpful & free information you provide for us. You really are helping thousands if not millions of people transform their lives. I am so motivated to follow your advice, transform my body, be healthy, happy and start several online Businesses myself. You are truly an inspiration! Thank you for all you do & share! 🙂

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Happy to help!

  • Barotseking

    Thanks Craig. I am going to be 50 in October this year, and I have nothing to show for it as a result of a life of alcoholism. I want to start again at 50. If God gives me another 10 – 15 years, I want it to show. So I am so grateful for this site.