Are you using the power of journaling to grow into the best version of you? It’s one of the most essential tools for personal growth.
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Today we’re going to talk about journaling.
It’s no secret that the act of writing things down has incredible power. Too often we try to rely on just our memory to get things done, to stay organized, and to move us forward.
Also too often, we keep things stuck in our heads, trying to “figure it out” up there where things just get more complicated and convoluted. Journaling is about taking all those thoughts and ideas and plans and getting them out so they can be seen and understood.
Journaling is also a way to change the way we think in a positive direction.
One way of doing this is through the practice of writing affirmations. I’ll talk about how to do affirmations that work in an upcoming message. But for now, let’s focus on just the journaling.
My journaling origin story
I started journaling when I was in high school. I used my journal to write down my experiences. But really I was writing down my thoughts and feelings, even though I didn’t realize that was what I was doing at the time.
I’d have an idea for a song I was writing and I’d put a few lines down in my journal. Then I’d write about the girl that the song was about. And I’d write about how much I liked her, or why I liked her.
I’d dream about stuff I wanted to experience. I was playing in a band at the time but we didn’t have any shows going and I didn’t think we’d get any. So I wrote that down.
And guess what? We played maybe 2 shows in front of an audience the entire time we were together.
I dated a girl in my junior year of high school and broke up with her and then tried to get her back and wrote all that in my journal. Lack of belief in myself is evident in those old journal entries.
Struggle was a consistent theme in my journaling back then. And I experienced more of it. This is why being intentional about what you journal is really important.
I’m not saying to not write down your pain and suffering. Do that. But then ask yourself what you’ve learned from these experiences.
Journaling is a powerful way to learn about yourself
Journaling is also a great way to change your story. Because what you write down is like a contract you’re making with yourself.
If you’re someone who’s into manifestation, you know the power of journaling. Here are five ways to use journaling to manifest a better life for yourself:
- Write down what you want to have and experience. Believe that it’s happening or that it has already happened.
- Affirm to yourself the power and the GOOD that you are.
- Write yourself Love notes. That’s journaling.
- Write yourself stories about you succeeding in your dreams. That’s journaling.
- Write about your experiences, the good and bad. Write what that showed you about yourself, your strengths, and your powers. And your weaknesses. Not to focus on them, but not to deny them either.
Let your journal be a conversation with yourself that you do FOR you.
Love yourself enough to write down your thoughts. Use this to change your beliefs about yourself.
Want more help with changing your beliefs? Use the Reshaping Your Beliefs ebook for a step-by-step process.
The most successful people all use journaling to level-up in life
Some people I’ve learned a lot from in the realm of journaling are best-selling author Benjamin Hardy, who blogs a lot about the power of journaling regularly. Oprah Winfrey has taught me a lot too. In her book, What I Know For Sure (reviewed in my 2020 reading list), she describes how journaling had such a transformative effect on her life during some of her most difficult and trying experiences.
The more I read biographies of super-successful people, one common denominator they share is that they all journal.
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Plan your journaling practice to grow in consistency
Nowadays my journaling happens usually first thing in the morning.
I write myself a Love note about how much I Love myself. Affirming my inner and outer strengths. I claim what I want to experience and trust God is bringing me everything I ask for (on paper) in divine timing.
The pages of my journals also talk about my experiences. And what they are teaching me about myself so that I can continue to grow.
I use journaling as a way to not only keep a historical document of my experiences (which is what I used to only do before I gained a conscious awareness of the power of writing down my thoughts), I also use it to teach me where my actions, attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs are not in alignment with my true self. That true self is Love.
After meditation or a spiritual experience, I write down what I saw or heard, or felt. Or both. I’ll talk more about meditation next time.
Why journaling makes such a difference
There’s immense power in taking our thoughts and transforming them into words through pen and paper. It’s a constructive way to organize our dreams and goals.
Usually, some of the best epiphanies and realizations happen after you think out loud. And writing it down gets these thoughts into a tangible form where they can take shape to become something greater than just a thought or idea.
Writing them gives them breath. All living things have breath. Think about that for a minute.
Tell about you.
What do you journal about and what does your journal practice look like?
Share your insights with me. We can even chat over a virtual coffee and compare notes. Here’s the best way to set up a time for us to talk and grow together.
I look forward to hearing from you and connecting with you more about this subject.