“Keeping a journal will absolutely change your life in ways you’ve never imagined” – Oprah Winfrey…
Why is it important to keep a journal?
I have found a few reasons, according to some Guru’s, what the benefits are and what a personal journal will provide for you:
- It is a reminder. It reminds you of your goals and the actions you are taking towards your achievement of these goals, every step, every day. You are writing down your goals – right? If not, do not fear… I have prepared some helpful content to assist you with your goals.
- A journal is a perfect way to keep track of your progress and to measure precisely from where you have started and how far you have come towards the change you wish to achieve in your life.
- It provides detailed information if you have supplied it of course…; of the things that you did change and which of these changes was most effective for you.
- It is a perfect assistance to help you build your self-esteem, as you are re-affirming the positive beliefs you are going to instil in your life and as you get closer to achieving your goals this will become second nature to you.
- It provides you with a visualisation of a before during and after these changes.
- As you record your changes in your journal, you will start to see the positive changes, which in return then creates a spiral effect off re-enforcing the positive changes by optimism which in return re-energizes and motivates you to persevere.
Here are a couple of simple tips for starting up your journal; although I have provided you with an outline for your “#FromZero2Hero” – these might assist you to take it even further:
- Keeping it simple, short log, it is easy to read and it usually takes about a minute to do. Each day, record short entries – list things such as your emotions, attitude, responses to situations and the current conditions in your life… and how you would wish to change it.
- Always remember to include affirmations and that it is your own choice to believe in these affirmations
- Gratitude – Saying thank you for at least one thing that happened that day. Creating a ‘Gratitude Attitude’
- Should something have happened – to which you have reacted differently as before – remember to congratulate and reward yourself… Make a note of how you felt about it. This will re-enforce the behaviour and the change you are aiming to achieve.
- And a ‘trick’ that I have collected from one of my coaches – Always keep extra pieces of scrap paper in your journal. Why?
- When you feel dragged down by something, or if an issue is creating an unease, or if you are having ‘one-of-those-days’ and you just can’t seem to dust it off…
- Write down on the scrap paper, every little detail of what it is, how it is making you feel, or how it is affecting you…
- Make up a silly little rhyme for yourself, to repeat with the next step. Something like:” Ashes to ashes, dust to dust – I give You my troubles, You’ll know what to do with it I trust!”
- Now – tear it up, burn it, ‘File-13’ it, toss it … even if it is something that you will have to attend to at some stage later today or tomorrow, but throw it away; all that you have just spilt out on that piece of paper.
- Your physical action of firstly acknowledging the problem and then writing down all the negativity with regards to it… enables you to rid yourself of these emotions and it prevents you from bottling it all up inside.
P.S. – I have struggled for years, with bottled emotions of things that happened in my childhood; things I even struggled to acknowledge with professional help. Things that – always left a very definite taste in my mouth and an undescribed feeling throughout my entire being; Until I was taught this little psychological trick. Doing the physical act of throwing away these emotions that you have just spilt, enables the mind to release the feelings and ‘forget about it” so that you can concentrate on more constructive and positive things.
So, with this in mind – let’s start with your first ‘F#FromZero2Hero’. You may call this little notebook anything you may wish to call it. For me, it again re-enforces the illustration of the word “#FromZero2Hero” and draws attention to success; by whichever means, you identify success for yourself…
To your continued success,
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