In the later years of your life, will you remember all of your adventures? Will you vividly recall the emotions that you felt during some of the best times as well as some of the worst times? Will your family be able to learn about who you truly were as a person after you are gone? Will they understand your side of the story or your driving motivations?
Each life is filled with incredibly rich and poignant twists and turns. Even on average days of your life, your unique thoughts and daily activities can be rich with meaning and importance in subtle or grand ways. Journaling is an excellent way to tell your life story for your own benefit or to share with others at a much later date.
Get to Know Yourself
Through journaling, you have the opportunity to take a close, introspective look at who you are and what you stand for. Many people simply assume that they know who they are as a person because they live in their own skin, but as soon as you sit down to put pen to paper, you may realize that there are at least a few parts of yourself that are a mystery. With each new journal entry that you write, you may discover a little more about yourself that you previously did not know. Your life story that unfolds on each new page in your journal may fascinate you in different ways.
Examine Your Highs and Lows
Many people who journal on a regular basis will not have major dramatic events to examine more closely, but no life is without its highs and lows. Journaling gives you a chance to capture the events of each passing day as well as to analyze your own feelings about these events. If you choose to share your journal with others, the details of each journal entry can give others a day-by-day account about your own experiences and feelings related to routine days as well as to major life events.
Let It All Out
Many people remember major life events, but they fail to remember important smaller details surrounding those events. They may also forget details about day-to-day life that may actually be relevant and interesting in various ways. Through journaling, you can share the details of your life based on your own observations, and you can also let out all of your feelings. When you read back through the journal at a later date, you can recall in clear detail what your life was like at a certain point.
Explore the Big Picture
Everyone wants to find some meaning in their life. That meaning may be something profoundly important to the community, or it may be a special significance to others who are near and dear to you. Through the retrospection associated with reading through the daily journal entries that you wrote, you may be able to see the big picture of your own life. You can understand the importance of your own life. Others who read your journal and hear about the story of your life in your own words may also gain a deeper understanding about the meaning of your life.
Journaling can be a richly rewarding experience. It is an excellent way to de-stress and to sort through difficult emotions. It also is a way to document the story of your life for yourself and for others. You do not need to be going through some major life event to journal. Each day has its beautiful moments as well as its stressful moments. These are precious moments, and journaling captures each day in vivid clarity and great detail.
Journaling For Your Life
Journaling supports your self-discovery and growth!
Knowing who you are is essential to keeping you on track for personal success and leading a happy, calm life.
If you are ready to be held accountable for putting yourself first it is time to enroll in the interactive course Journaling For Your Life!
Put yourself first so you can be an even better support at home, at work, and to friends, this interactive course is for you!
Motivation VS Habit in Journaling
Motivation is something many people strive for with journaling and many other activities, but often find that it disappears pretty quickly. Your motivation is what drives you. It gives you something to work toward, it is the reason why you want to complete these goals, and it influences the choices you make. The problem is that it doesn’t last forever, and at a certain point, you need to find another reason to keep going.
This is true of journaling as well. What you want to do is form a journaling habit, instead of relying solely on your motivation.
Motivation is Temporary
This can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow, because you have always been told you just need more motivation to get things done. Motivation to exercise, motivation to reach your goal, motivation to get chores done around your house, motivation to wake up early, and yes, motivation to write in your journal.
Motivation isn’t something that lasts forever; it might come and go multiple times. It gets you started and provides that drive you need to get up and start something new. But, it is temporary. There will always come a point when the motivation fades, and you have to rely on your own willingness to keep going, persistence, and making sure you have built a good habit that you will continue working on
Building a Habit
How do you keep journaling every day if your motivation doesn’t last? You start a habit. While you still want to make sure it is something you enjoy doing and that you benefit from it, you also want to focus on making it a habit. This can take time, but as long as you keep at it, it will soon be something you do every day without even thinking about it.
This is why in the beginning, it is good to be consistent with when and where you journal. Over time, it is great to try new environments and times of the day for journaling, but for that first month, try to simply make it a habit.
You can choose how to do this, such as writing in your journal first thing every morning, bringing it with you to write during your lunch break, or saving it for the end of the day. Choose a time of day you can schedule in and do it around the same time every day, until it becomes a habit where you know it is time to write in your journal.