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Journaling to get over an Obstacle

Obstacles are in our way to give us challenges and hence to make us stronger. We have to face the challenges head on in order to gain this strength and feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering our challenges. There are no hurdles like our mental ones because these guide our actions and our beliefs. Mental obstacles can really set us back. A good tool to help us deal with this is journaling.

If there is a physical obstacle in our way, we move it, jump over it or break it down. Mental obstacles are different because they are lodged in our heads and we need a mental shift to deal with them. Journaling can help with this shift. Firstly, we need to write the obstacle down. What is it that is holding us back from the way we want to be? After we identify the culprit, we need to write down ways in which we can combat the problem. What are the different ways in which we can get to our ideal way of living? How do we get over the obstacle to achieve our goals?

We have come up with alternatives on paper. Now we really need to look at these alternatives, choose the ones that seem like the best fit and then start doing them. We need to reread our journals to remind ourselves of our new focus. The act of writing can help us shape our thoughts. The act of reflecting on what we write can help us to keep focus.

Looking at our thoughts as they are written down can assist in bringing clarity where there was none before. Journaling may also bring into sharp focus the origins of the mental obstacle. When we know the origins, we can identify solutions. Hence, the mental shift can start.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Journaling about Success

There are times when we don’t feel successful. We feel like nothing is going right and these are the times when we need something to pick us up. The good news is that we can pick ourselves up by journaling about our success, however small. Success begets success.

What are some of your recent success stories or even not so recent? They don’t have to be huge. They can be personal or professional. We can find success all around us. It could be that your success is losing some weight, completing an important project at work, competing in a marathon or just about anything that gives a sense of accomplishment.

By writing down our success stories we inspire ourselves to more success. Writing down success should be a habit because with this active and deliberate ritual we constantly remind ourselves of what we can do and what we are able to accomplish. In the times when we don’t feel like we are doing well we can turn to our journals and remind ourselves of how successful we can be.

Over time writing down our success can be essential in our personal development. This is so because when we look at our past success, we might start planning for more success and plan the ways in which we will achieve this.

There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Start journaling about your success today.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Journaling for Gratitude

“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.”
-Robert Quillen-

There are millions of reasons why we should give thanks; we don’t even have to look too hard for motivation. First of all there is today, a brand new day and we are alive! If that’s not exciting news; I don’t know what is. Sure there are bad days when things don’t go so well but for every situation that we are in, there is a worse situation that we can think of. On the bad days it can help if we journal our thoughts about what we have to give thanks for.

Similarly on great days we should write down the things we are grateful for so that we develop a constant attitude of gratitude. Everything gets better with practice especially in a hectic life. In these acts of writing down our thanks we reflect with a deeper understanding on what we have and the fortunate positions that we are in.

In addition to seeing our blessings in black and white, we attract more when we show appreciation for the ones we have. Instead of lack we invite abundance. This habit of not just giving thanks but writing it down can be transforming because of the internal change in how we perceive our own truth. As we focus more on our prosperity, we become much more hopeful and good things start to happen.

Let us write our thanks and see how the universe responds to us.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

April 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Journaling about spring

My last post was about journaling as therapy and how the season of spring can be tied into this as a part of the healing process. The season of spring and all the other seasons can be an important part of the journaling process. Since we began to talk about spring, let’s expand on that. There is something special about this season. Winter is finished; there is new life; new growth; the feeling of rejuvenation and everything is green.

The color green can create quite a soothing effect but green is also about growth. The showers in spring also make everything fresh and may give us the feeling that we can start anew. This is the time that many people spring clean their homes in an organized way and the same can be done for our lives. We can organize to clean out our old habits and start new traditions.

Spring can have a real significance in our lives in terms of celebrating the rebirth of ourselves. The green of spring may mean growth but it can also mean go! Go ahead and explore something new and journal about it.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

April 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment