Sometimes we feel conflicted in thoughts, there are certain things that you may want to do but there’s no clarity, you just don’t know how to move along. Well, putting your thoughts down on paper is one of the best ways to gain clarity about your life.
You don’t have to make this complicated because it’s really quite simple. Grab a notebook and make it specifically for that purpose. Writing your thought and feelings down helps your mind declutter and helps you become clearer about your goals in life.
The best thing is, you don’t even have to be a writer to start journaling your thoughts. In fact, you don’t need any writing skills for that either so don’t get intimidated to start.
Here are some tips to help you start journaling your personal growth.
1) Keep it simple. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy journal. I bought a really nice looking journal for $4 and you would think I pay more for it. But if you are just getting started, an 99.cents line notebook will do. Then you won’t feel so much pressure to be “perfect” in what you write. It’s free writing, scribbling is definitely allowed.
2) Now that you get your journal, use it. Don’t hold back. When you journal for the purpose of personal growth, don’t try to edit yourself or make your writing understandable to anyone else. The most freeing technique is to put your pen to paper and just write whatever comes to mind. no one else will see it , unless you want them to, so let it flow!
3) Focus on the feelings. If you find yourself staring at the paper and have nothing to write in your journal, begin with the phrase, “I feel”. This will usually stimulating your thoughts and feelings will start flowing.
4) Guided journaling. Another helpful technique is guided journaling, which means providing a prompt for you. For example, if you are struggling with something specific you can easily get the words flowing with a nudge in the right direction. Some example prompts would be “Describe your perfect career and the reasons it would fulfill you. Or, “think about your perfect day; what would that looks like and why would it be any different than other days.
5) Review your entries often. Going back to look at your journal entries can be very enlightening and provide amazing clarity about yourself. With time and practice, you will start seeing patterns in your thinking, behaviors and beliefs. The most important thing is to keep an objective mindset while you look at your entries. Don’t judge or belittle yourself. Keep the focus on personal growth and development. no need to beat yourself up over anything past thoughts.
If you are not a natural writer, journaling can seem overwhelming or another thing to add to your already busy schedule. But let me tell you. It’s so worth it and it does not have to take more that 5 minutes to start journaling. You can also keep journal for other reasons, it could be gratitude, to write that a few things you are thankful for each day, which will make you feel more positive about your life. You can journal about your spiritual growth and record prayers and meditation that are effective for you. The possibilities are just endless!