Use Journaling for Personal Growth

In Mindful Mastery, I highly suggest that the reader use journaling to help them uncover their mind blocks and then use what they find to help them create a plan to overcome them. In fact, I want the reader of Mind Mastery to use journaling so much that I provide a free fillable PDF journal for them to use to map out their plan for success.

You see, journaling is a powerful tool that far too few people take full advantage of. For many people, this is because they don’t have a plan for it’s use. This can make it seem like a silly waste of time.

By the end of this article, I hope you discover the many benefits of journaling, how you can use it and then begin adopting this powerful personal growth habit into your life.

Why Use Journaling?

While you may not be aware of it, a surprising number of highly successful people make journaling a daily habit. From celebrities like Lady Gaga and Jennifer Aniston, to inventors like Thomas Edison and Marie Curie, and U.S. Presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, successful people use journaling not only to record their lives, but to give them a view of themselves they could not gain without it .

You too can use journaling to learn a lot about yourself and gain insight into where your life is going. Magical things can happen when you write down what’s happening in your life.

10 Ways You Can Use Journaling to Make Your Life Better

While you can type your journal into your computer, most people find it more effective to use actual pen and paper and then write. Here are some tips you can use to start you on your journaling journey.

1.     Review your day.

Every day use journaling to take a look at what happened. Make some notes. As you write, ask yourself:

  • What went right?
  • What did I do to make it right?
  • How can I use this in the future?
  • What went wrong?
  • How did I contribute to this?
    • What did I learn from any mistakes I made?
    • How can I use what I learned today to make tomorrow’s results better than today’s?

2.     List your goals and your progress toward making them a reality.  

Use journaling to think about your goals and list the progress you made toward each of them daily. If you failed to do anything to make progress toward one or more of your goals, note that, too. As you review:

  • Be proud of the progress you’ve already made.
  • Use the insight you gain with your review to help you progress toward the goals you failed to achieve tomorrow.

3.     Address your negative self-talk.

Negative self-talk is often about all the fears you hold inside of you. Write about those fears. Ask yourself:

  • What am I afraid of?
  • Why am I afraid of these things?
  • How do my fears impact my life?

Now that you have captured this information, make a plan to address these fears.

4.     Choose something you would like to improve.

Pick something you want to work on, then make a plan and work on it. Write about your progress in your journal. Maybe you want to lose 10 pounds or strengthen your communication skills. Choose something that would enhance your life and write about your thoughts, plans, and progress.

5.     Write out your goals each day.

Writing down your goals each day is a powerful way to reinforce their importance. This simple habit will help stay focused and help you achieve them. Write out your 10 most important goals each day and notice how they evolve over time.

6.     List five things you are grateful for.

What makes you feel grateful? Is it your spouse, your children, your job, your health or your ability to read and write? Every day, write a list of at least five items you are grateful for and notice how this changes your perspective on life.

7.     Write about what’s holding you back.

What’s blocking your path to your goals? List the obstacles in your life that you believe are blocking you from happiness or achieving your goals.

8.     Write about your plans for the future.

This goes beyond your specific goals. What do you want your dream life to look like? What actions will you take to get your there?  Let your imagination soar, and then sketch out a plan to take you there.

9.     Write about what is causing you to feel negative emotions.

What things are getting you down? What situations, people, habits, and beliefs cause you the most grief? Why are these things bothering you?

Once you’ve determined your negative influences, ask yourself, “What can I do about it?”

10. Use journaling prompts.

There are literally thousands of journaling prompts online to choose from. Here are a few examples to get you started:

  • Make a travel bucket list.
  • List five things you appreciate about each member of your family.
  • Describe your ideal day.
  • If I could speak to my teenage self, I would say…
  • I wish that others knew I…
  • I wish I could say no to…

You Can Use Journaling to Create a Better Life

Life will give you a lot of feedback. You can use journaling each day to capture that feedback, learn from it, and then use it make your life better.

While journaling will take some time, it’s time well spent. Develop a routine that incorporates journaling into your life. It won’t be long before you begin noticing the benefits.

Do what the most successful people in the world do and use journaling to write about your thoughts and your life. Then go back and see how this one success habit has changed your life!

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