Let's pretend that you are convinced that keeping a daily journal is important and you know what kind of information to include within the pages. Do you think that writing a journal can change your life?
As you write about your hopes, dreams, goals, successes and failures, the deeper meaning of who you are becomes evident. It is easier to appreciate your uniqueness and purpose on this planet. A journal allows plenty of space and time to contemplate the mysteries of life, but more specifically, your own life. As we privately reflect on our path, our guard goes down and we become less defensive. With an open, clear mind, the ability to become honest with ourselves is much easier and that helps us put change into motion.
Blank pages can be intimidating unless we view journaling as an opportunity to release our thoughts and emotions as well as record our journey. Self-exploration will assist in planning the steps towards successful accomplishment of our goals. Each day provides the means to reflect on what we have already completed and how we need to proceed in order to stay on the right path.
Find a place to record your thoughts whether it be in a bound journal or on the computer and be dedicated to writing each day. Once it becomes habit, you'll begin to look forward to the relaxing time spent writing. Make sure to include all the things you learned during the day whether it was positive or negative. Dissect the situations - your reactions, other people's reactions, and the things that happened. After it is written, go back and read the passage. Write about how it makes you feel and anything learned from your own writing. This process is empowering and will help to bring about changes to you and your life.
A journal allows us to see ourselves from a stranger's point of view. It tells us all the things that other people just can't tell us for fear of hurting our feelings. If you read your journal and don't like yourself, use the knowledge gleaned and change. Plan your path to change in the journal and set goals along the way to help them become reality. Keeping a journal is a positive force for change and improvement in one's life. Take advantage the opportunity to do so.
As Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf, once said, “I don’t want to live in a hand-me-down world of others’ experiences. I want to write about me, my discoveries, my fears, my feelings, about me.”