When I first began keeping a journal I thought it was the “right thing to do.” I soon learned that what was going on within the pages of my journal was all about me. Then I became nervous. Was I doing the right thing? What was the right thing anyway?
Have you ever felt that way about your own journal?
Were you unsure about what you should be putting in your journal?
I’ve come to terms with my trepidation.
Because I believe this:
“The most unselfish selfish thing you will ever do – Journal”
I believe that line because
Your journal helps you become a better person
A journal is a basic self improvement tool anyone can take advantage of. Not only is a journal accessible and convenient but it is also discrete. Your journal can be used for aiding you in:
- skill building
- self assessment
- emotion regulation
- business building
- character building
- spiritual growth
- writing improvement
- mental health experience
- physical health training
- philosophical encounters
Your journal keeps you in tune with relationships
Learning who you can trust, who you need to avoid and who you need to hold tight is made easier through the pages of your journal.
Family. We all have one. And, none of them is perfect. A sister who is a hoarder, a cousin who is an alcoholic, an aunt who is near death, a son who is an habitual liar, a niece who is roaming the streets in search of drugs and the list goes on.
Yet, each family also includes individuals who are loving, kind, generous, thoughtful, funny, intelligent, and cheerful. The weird part is some family members fit into both lists. The alcoholic cousin is generous to a fault. The sister who hoards is a blast to be with because she is so funny. The aunt who is near death is the smartest person you’ve ever met.
Your journal reminds you of the acts of kindness others have shown you. It also aids you in making wise choices concerning dealing with difficult personalities or determining when enough is enough.
Everyone else. From acquaintances to neighbors, from employees to the boss, from your customers to the kid who mows your lawn you deal with others all the time. Some by choice and others by happenstance.
There are those with whom you chose to spend time. And, there are those with whom you must spend time. Using your journal aids you in discovering ways to enchant others or compromise with them or bargain with them or leave them alone.
By using your journal to record encounters with individuals, you have time to think through the emotion and the commotion. You are able to clarify, to sort and to illuminate actions or behavior. Your journal aids you in the process of purposefully determining the differences inherent in minor or major offences. It also allows you the pleasure of recounting the delightful moments spent with others.
Just as your journal slows you down to think through your choices, it also speeds up the process of gathering the information you need to make those choices.
Your journal provides you an effective way to recognize occasional blunders as opposed to repeated misconduct.
You. Have you noticed that some days you feel wonderful and other days you feel like something the cat drug in? One day you’re excellent at problem solving and another day you can’t think your way out of a paper bag. When used honestly and regularly your journal gives you feedback concerning things you need to improve in your life. Likewise it helps you see the kind, intelligent and resourceful person you are.
Understanding yourself, your capabilities, your insecurities, your proficiencies and your incompetencies puts you in a better position to deal kindly and fairly with others.
Your journal gives you a strengthened resolve
Because your journal has the inherent capability of preparing you for intelligent contemplation you can move from hesitancy and fear into perseverance and courage.
Whether you’re striving to meet a goal or endeavoring to maintain a healthy relationship, whether you’re contemplating becoming exceedingly wealthy or seeking ways to be of more service you can use your journal for staying on course.
Recording your thoughts and actions, writing about your decisions and why you made them gives you the added nudge to persevere. The simply act of documenting what has come before helps you look for what is ahead.
Your journal, used regularly, honestly and wisely allows you to assess your present circumstances with an eye towards becoming the person you want to be. It is then but a short step to noting the methods or means you will take in your march forward.
Perhaps the best aspect of regular journal writing is being able to see that even when you make mistakes or are jogged off course for another reason you have the ability to get back up, to return to the course and regain your forward movement.
Yes, it is all about me
After all, I’m the only person I can control. Yet, it is all about me and how I can make a difference not only in my own life but also to those other lives I touch.
Have you thought of one way you would like to use your journal for self improvement? Take time today to write about what you would like to accomplish. Note some of the methods you will use in order to get to where you want to go. Because after all, your journal is all about you, you, you!
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