Personal Journaling

Write Your Thoughts

Journaling as a Conversation Without Judgement

One of the great benefits of journaling is that we can write anything we want and there will be no biting criticism, no sermon from the pulpit, no disagreement, and no veering the conversation away from what we want to talk about. What could be more freeing than this lack of discord? The only confrontation that takes place is with us. Sometimes we have enough conflict within ourselves without getting more stress from others.

In a sense, our journals have some of the qualities of a best friend. That’s someone who listens attentively and can help us to see things in an objective light somewhat like a journalist who can give both sides of the story without bias. Disapproval and sermonizing can only lead to inhibitions about what we really want to say. Of course, this is not what we want. Fortunately, reticence about our feelings and thoughts do not come into journal writing.

When we write our thoughts down on paper without fear of judgment, we can truly analyze our thoughts and speak our truths. And this is the whole point of recording the accounts of our lives. With this knowledge, why not have a stress free dialogue with your journal?

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.”


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Journaling to Improve Self Trust

Journaling is not just about writing down the accounts of our daily lives; it can be interesting conversations with ourselves. And of course it is crucial what kinds of discourse we have with ourselves and hence, our journals. When we write in our journals we usually look inwards and so we make a deeper connection with ourselves. We have all faced self doubt sometimes but writing about it can really bring clarity and insight to the matter. More importantly, writing about it can build confidence in our own abilities and judgment.

Here is where we can take stock of what makes us special. We have had doubts but we have also had past accomplishments where we were determined and where we dealt with pressures and challenges. What we write in our journals should reflect more of our inner confidence to succeed and to overcome the obstacles to achieve our best. The conversation with our journals is similar to a friend telling us that we can succeed. But this is much more powerful because it’s coming from the inside. Nobody can build us up like we can.

Sometimes it doesn’t even mean that our doubts are totally gone but it means that the process of writing has helped us to keep a level head. In this way we have manipulated our anxieties to the point where we appear confident and courageous to others who might even comment on this. We also start to believe in our new directions when we exert this optimistic influence over ourselves.

Self worth is thought out and it is acted out and all of this can begin with what we write in our journals. We should all start a conversation with ourselves today that will give us the mental acceptance and conviction in the validity of who we are and what we can do.

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.”

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