As I mentioned in this post, if you want to create change in your life, you have to do the work.
Journaling is a beautiful practice that you can take on to get you started on doing the work. If you are new to journalling, try to set aside a time each day where you will write. It might be first thing in the morning, or just before bed. It will help you to integrate this new practice as a habit.
To help you on your journalling path, here are 5 different ways that you can use journalling to support you.
Setting Your Intentions Journaling
When to Use: When you wanting to live as a creator and intentionally set your energy for the day by consciously deciding who you are going to be.
How To Use: At the start of your day, write out your intentions. For example: Today I intend to be calm and productive. Today I intend to eat foods that nourish my body. Today I intend to be loving and kind to all people I meet. Then throughout the day, check in and assess how you are going with living in line with these. This is a powerful way to empower yourself to create your life as you want it to be.
When to Use: When you are feeling flat, low, unhappy or when you are finding yourself focusing on all the things you do not like or want.
How To Use: When this happens, stop, pull out your journal and begin to write a list of all the things you are grateful for and appreciative of in your life. You will be amazed how blessed you will begin to feel. As you begin to shift your focus from what is lacking to what amazing things you already have, you will be blown away by what you start to attract.
When To Use: When you are in a period of confusion, needing guidance or support, needing clarity, or wanting to emotionally process some stuff.
How To Use: Sit down with your pen and paper and just start to write. You do not need to have a plan of what you are writing. Just free-write. Do not stop to think, or re-read what you have written. Just allow it all to pour out without any judgement. Only stop once you find that you are starting to feel better. This process will help uncover what is going on in your unconscious mind, and will allow you to express and acknowledge your thoughts and feelings.
Acknowledging Yourself Journaling
When To Use: When you are working towards a goal and you feel as though you aren’t making progress. When you want to acknowledge yourself for what you have achieved.
How To Use: Every day before you go to bed, sit down with your journal and write out everything you did that took you one step closer to your goal, and then acknowledge yourself. So often we do not stop to celebrate our small success. You may have made one phone call to a potential client, completed your morning exercise, meditated for 10 minutes, written that important email, followed your eating plan, or spent 30 minutes working on your business plan. Small steps add up over time, and recognising your daily actions will do wonders for your confidence and self-belief.
When To Use: When you know you want to create something new, yet you do not have much clarity around it yet. When you want to create a vision for your end result, and when you need some inspiration.
How To Use: Use your imagination to start dreaming up the most amazing vision of your life that you can. Think in colourful detail without any limitations. Write it as you want it to be. Describe every aspect of your dream – what it will look like, feel like, smell like. Write out a typical day in your dream life. Fantasise and visualise. Dream your biggest dreams and write them out in intricate detail. This practice enables you to connect with your dream and as soon as you can really feel it, you are already half way towards achieving it.