I have always enjoyed using journals but have never understood its purpose until recently. Writing in a journal is for one person to really and truly get to know oneself through the form of writing. I have many journals for different reasons. I use them for goal writing, problem solving, business ideas, dreaming and to help me sort out all my thinking. It helps to clear my thoughts and get things in motion that I am attempting to accomplish. (You want to get me something for my birthday you can always get me a journal.)
If I were to ask you to evaluate your life and mentally make changes to it so that it would feel as close to perfect as it could get, what things would look different? Write that in your journal and be as specific as possible.
It took at least 8 years and many many notepads to get to where I can sit and evaluate my life and make the necessary changes to keep me on track. I have a system in place now that when things are not going as planned I can journal about it and get the answers and get focused and back track.
Using a journal can seem daunting because you may not see changes right away. It does take time and a certain level of commitment to get the results your looking for in your life.
Using a journal will help you understand yourself better and help you find the right path for you. Getting to know yourself better is really what it's all about. What do you want? What is right for you? What is your life's purpose?
Instead of living your circumstances you can create them. I have done this and am in the process of doing this as we speak. I read a book several times already this year (September 2010) called The Power of Now written by Eckhart Tolle. It in a short sentence it helps you to understand to live in the now and leave the past and future in their proper places. Take advantage of your current surroundings and make choices to change them little by little to get to where you want to go.
As soon as I read this book I immediately started practicing the principles. my life immediately began to change. Things happened that I had to give credit to the book. I immediately went into business for myself and people, places and objects came into view almost instantaneously. It was incredible and I am still reaping the benefits of this book.
For this first journal blog I am going to ask you to go and get a pad of paper or a notebook and use this for your journal. My first question to you is this: Name 20 things you are most proud of. The reason I say 20 is because if I say 10 or less you may just give me the basic answers like, my kids, my house, my spouse, my job, blah blah blah. What I want you to discover what you are truly proud of. Get to the core of you. Ready?! Let's go! Start jotting and meet me back here later for journal number 2.