Personal Journaling

Write Your Thoughts

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.”

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

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.”

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