How to Journal for Personal Development
If I were to recommend you a tool that has the biggest potential to change your life, discover who you are, find your calling, overcome challenges and overall become a wholesome person, it would be journalling.
“If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured, and unique individual, keep a journal.”
When I got into personal development in my mid-20s, journalling was one of the first tools I've learned and it had a transformational impact on my life. Journaling is easy, quick, and you get an exponential return on your efforts.
So stay with me and I'll tell you how to journal like a pro.
Journalling is sometimes mistaken for keeping a diary, but it's not the same.
Journalling is much more focused and purposeful.
But before we dive into how to journal, let me share with you a few benefits of journaling.
1. JOURNALLING CREATES A DISTANCE…
…a distance between you and the situation you're dealing with. This helps you think about it more clearly and see it from a fresh perspective. It also helps you create an emotional distance because we can be so emotionally tangled in the situation that we struggle to see things objectively.
2. JOURNALLING IS EXTREMELY THERAPEUTIC
Do you know the feeling when you just share your guts out to a friend? It's like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
While opening up to a friend coach or a therapist is extremely useful, you don't always have one by your side or there are some topics you don't feel comfortable sharing with them. But you can share anything with your journal without the worry of how it will react.
Journaling helps reduce stress, anxiety, resolve internal conflicts, and develop clarity.
3. JOURNALING KEEPS YOUR MIND FOCUSED
Sometimes we want to think things through but most people find it difficult to think about something for even a short period of time without being distracted. Thoughts can be very scattered and perishable. You think about something, your phone goes off, and the train of thoughts is broken.
This is where writing is so powerful. The process of writing keeps your mind focused and helps maintain continuity of your thoughts.
And sometimes we need to see our thoughts written down for them to have a full impact on us or to see how silly they are.
In the full video, I dive deeper into the 4 key journaling methods
1) Gratitude Journaling
2) Reflection Journaling
4) Self-Discovery Journaling.
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