Posted by: Cathy | December 5, 2012

The Power of Journaling

Journaling can be one of the most powerful tools at your disposal. If you’re not journaling at least occasionally, you’re missing out!

For some people, daily journaling is the way to go. It can be as simple as writing down three things you’re grateful for at the end of the day, or more in-depth like Julia Cameron’s three daily “morning pages.”

I aim for weekly journaling. This lets me hit the high points or bigger themes of my week instead of getting too granular. (When I tried doing “morning pages,” I did a lot of writing about what I ate the day before just to fill my quota.)

Self-reflection is important. It lets you review what is going on in your life. It creates a little space, a pause, where you can evaluate, contemplate, and educate yourself on what’s going on around you. You can explore your emotions and reactions for deeper meaning and grow from your experiences. You can vent your frustrations and get at the root of your fears so you can move past them. You can record success and happy occasions and beautiful sunsets to better remember later.

Also, if you’re trying to coach yourself, going back to older journal entries can be a treasure trove of information. You can look back with what you know now and figure out things that may have been obscured at the time, revealing patterns that may not be serving you and revisiting events that may not have gone quite how you wanted. You can use those old experiences to gain new insight into yourself and where you want to go in the future.

If you aren’t journaling at least weekly, give it a try. Every Monday morning, write your vision for the week; or every Friday afternoon, write what you accomplished over the past seven days. Make it a habit. If you don’t know what to write, search the web for journal prompts. Do it, and the more you do, the more this tool can help you figure out your life!

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