As I’m nearing the end of my 28th personal journal, I was thinking about how much of my life is in these journals, and how they have contributed to my growth. It’s a symbiotic relationship where life feeds journal, and journal feeds life.
Here, I will share with you 16 lessons I’ve learned throughout the course of my 28 journals.
- It is always better to make decisions, and take action. There is only so much time you need to think anything through, no matter how important it is. Just thinking about things is a form of procrastination and it stops you from progress.
- Positivity trumps negativity. Every single time.
- Self-awareness is the first step towards self-growth
- You are far more capable than you think. You may lack self-confidence. You may think you are not capable of any great achievements. But you are as capable as the next person. No one is forced to be mediocre. Journey from mediocrity to amazing is a choice you have to make.
- Memories of the past become clouded by your present self, your perceptions today, and your current situations. You can’t really project yourself back in the past, feel what you felt then, believe what you believed then. That’s where journaling provides an accurate account of who you were at any given time.
- Writing down your thoughts, feelings, goals, fears, dreams…in other words, writing down your life, creates a deeper connection between your outer, everyday conscious self and your true inner self. The deeper the connection, the more aligned your outer and inner self become. Our aim is the ultimate alignment where your conscious outer self is one and the same as your true inner self.
- Negativity is best dealt with by getting it out of your system.
- Good written skills are a mark of intelligence. Okay, so journaling didn’t teach me that but it certainly helps with the writing skill.
- Dreams are easy. Making them happen is hard.
- If you don’t keep constant vigilance on your wandering mind, you’ll end up worrying about, attempting to achieve same things year after year, and get trapped in circle.
- It is always, always better to be yourself. Unless you suck. In which case, you should immediately start taking steps to stop sucking.
- Life is a lot more rewarding with friends. But only true friends. These must be the people who accept you for who you are, call you “weird” with affection, and don’t try to force you into a mould that’s not meant for you.
- Goals tend to lose sense of urgency if they are not regularly reviewed.
- There is immense comfort in knowing you have a place – your journal – where you can offload anything that’s on your mind.
- Journaling is the best way to recognize your voice. There is no finding, because your voice is already there. It’s inside you, and you’ve probably used it a fair few times. But what you want is constant awareness of that voice. You want to know what your voice feels like, what it sounds like. You journal for a few months, and depending on the integrity in it, that awareness will increase tenfold.
- How you grow and evolve as a person is the most important journey you would make, and by recording it, the transformation ceases to be a miracle, and you can see each small and painstaking step you took, and each obstacle you overcame to be who you are now. The process, once achieved, could be repeated, and it can also be used as a warning not to fall into the trap again.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:
Journal about which of these lessons resonate with you? Are there any others that your journaling, or any other self-reflection method has taught you?