How do you keep a journal that empowers you?
After so many years of reading, doing and guiding people in personal growth exercises, my journaling methods evolved organically to include some of the most effective ones.
Whenever I’m feeling down, I know I can now quickly change my state by breaking out my journal and following these simple steps.
1. Release The Negative Emotions.
Open the floodgates. If you need to bitch, just let it rip. Write about what you’re feeling and why you’re feeling this way.
2. Focus On What You Want Instead.
After you’ve let go of the negative, it’s time to focus on the positive. What do you want instead for your life? How would you rather feel, what would you rather want to have?
3. Imagine What Wild Success Would Look Like.
Now, just let yourself dream and dream big. Think about your life 3 years in the future and imagine you’ve just had your best years yet. Write down what wild success would look like. What would your finances be like, your relationships, how would you be feeling daily, what would you be doing?
4. Remember How Great Things Already Are.
And finally, end your journaling session with a closing paragraph of gratitude. You know what you want for the future and you’re focused, now what are the dreams you’re already living and the treasures you already have?
The next time you find yourself caught up in a blue funk, simply break out your journal, a paper and pen or a new document on your PC and follow these 4 simple steps to re-energize yourself.
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P.S. For more on positive journaling, read Christine Kane’s Gratitude Journals and Why They Work.