6 Ways to Use Journaling for Mapping Your Goal Achievement Strategies



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Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.

Jack Canfield


You’ve your goals. You wrote them down. Congratulations. You are already ahead of more than half the people on this planet. But now that you have them, what are you going to do about increasing your chances of achieving them? Your journal can help you. You can use your journal to map out strategies to achieve your goals.

Enthusiam and Positive Attitude

Keep an eye on your attitude. Write positive affirmations and quotes in your journal for times when you are not feeling great about yourself. Record your success. Write about your motivations behind achieving your particular goals. Focus on the things you can do – not the things you can’t do. Work on your attitude, and your path to success will be become much more pleasant, even if it doesn’t get easier.

Congruency between all of your goals

If your goals are inherently conflicting, then you are in trouble. For example, you can’t have two goals like this: be super healthy and fit AND be the world’s top Pizza Eating champion. Review your goals. Do they make sense for the person you are, and the person you want to be? If your goals inherently conflicting, dig deeper. They are unlikely to be the two things you absolutely want, and more likely to be something you feel you should do because our core values, things that true matter to us, are rarely in conflict with each other.

Plan Your Actions


Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

Pablo Picasso


You have goals, but do you have a plan to achieve them? If not, create one. It can be as elaborate as you like, or as simple as you like. A plan doesn’t have to be anything more than a break-down of your goals into mini-steps. These mini-steps need to be SMART. You need to be as specific as possible, ideally have a deadline. Record these mini-steps in your journal, and record your progress on them.

Explore your problems, confusion, roads taken/not taken, failures

If you have any goal worth achieving, you are going to be faced with unexpected problems, fears, confusion – and just all around obstacles. It’s just the way life works. Don’t worry about it. Accept it as a part of the process. You will also fail, probably multiple times. Treat failure as just a part of your journey, not the end of it. One of the best ways to not lose perspective when you are faced with obstacles or failure is to explore it in your journal. Write about it. What are the facts? How do you feel about it? What can you learn from it? How can you apply that lesson? How can you ensure that you don’t repeat the mistakes you made once?

Take responsibility but Dump the Guilt

You, and you alone, are responsible for your life. Yes, other people, luck/fate, external circumstances may have an impact on you, but you have control over how you react to it. It’s not easy. Nor are you expected to respond with perfect calm and composure in the face of all problems. However, accept the responsibility. Own your life. Own yourself. That gives you power. You no longer need to wait for someone else, or God, or destiny to come and rescue you. You need to rescue yourself. However, don’t get stuck in the guilt. Yes, you need take responsibility, but by taking action, not by worrying about things you could have done differently or better. Find that balance between responsibility and guilt.

In your journal, write about where you stand on this. Is there guilt that is holding you back? What is it about? What can you do about it? Focus on reflection, but be prepared to take action.

See every day as a new chance, new start, and be a go-getter

There is absolutely no point worrying over all the things you didn’t do, all the chances you didn’t take. Start today. See every day as a new opportunity. In your journal, reflect on how you can take each day as a new start. If you are currently more a worrier, write about how you can overcome that and make the best of every day. Again, through the reflection in your journal, focus on taking action. Just tiny steps. Don’t try to do everything at once. Small steps, consistently taken, are more powerful than a giant leap once in a while.


Review  your list of goals, and start with an action plan to achieve at least one of your goals.


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