how-to by Benjamin P Hardy

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I dare say that journaling is one of the most important things to do in your life. If done effectively, it will change everything in your life for the better.

You’ll become the person you want to be.
You’ll design the life you want to live.
Your relationships will be healthier and happier.
You’ll be more productive and powerful.

Here, I share eight reasons to journal, which will help improve everything from your mental wellbeing to manifesting your goals.

Optimise Your Creative Potential

Most people live their lives on other people’s terms. Their days are spent achieving other people’s goals and submitting to other people’s agendas. Their lives have not been consciously organised in such a way that they command every waking, and sleeping, moment of their life. Instead, they relentlessly react at every chance they get.

For example, most people wake up and immediately check their phone or email. In spare seconds, we hop on Facebook and check the newsfeed. We’ve become addicted to input. Or in other words, we’ve become addicted to reactively being guided by other people’s agendas.

I’ve been journaling for the past few years and its reframed my entire approach to life. Additionally, I’ve never before had so many creative ideas crystallise. Creators focus on outputs rather than the general populace who focus on inputs. In their free moments, creators utilise their subconscious breakthroughs. Their days are filled with creative bursts, making them incredible at their craft.

If you want to have more creative flow in your life, stop checking your social media and email so much. Detach from the addiction to numb your mind and escape reality. Instead, get lost in the creative projects you’ve always wanted to do.

Manifest Your Goals

As part of your morning creative burst, use your journal to review and hone your daily to-do list. Review and hone your life vision and big-picture goals. As you read and re-write your goals daily, they’ll become forged into your subconscious mind. Eventually, your dreams and vision will consume your inner world and quickly become your physical reality.

Daily Recovery

People struggle drastically to detach from work. More now than ever, we fail to live presently. Our loved ones are lucky to experience a small percentage of our attention while they’re with us. However, utilising your journal can curb this mismanagement.

At the end of your workday, re-open your journal and review your to-do list from that day. If your morning journal session was excellent, you’d have likely gotten everything done you intended to do. Journal sessions are your post-work reflection time. Account to yourself what you got done that day and what needs to be moved to tomorrow. Write the things you learned and experienced.

A primary objective of this session is to mentally turn-off work-mode. Just as in physical training, you need to rest and recover between work days in order to get stronger.

Achieve Clarity

This keystone habit has so much power! By journaling in the morning and evening, you’ll quickly see the incongruences in your life. You’ll see crystal-clearly what needs to be removed and what should be included in your life.

Journaling is a beautiful and powerful facilitator of self-discovery. My journaling is how I’ve come to form my sense of identity and path in life. Not only will you have more clarity about your path in life, but journaling improves your ability to make small and large decisions along the way.

Clear Emotions

Several research studies have found that writing in your journal reduces stress.

These benefits include:

Reducing scatter in your life
Increased focus
Greater stability
Deeper level of learning, order, action, and release
Releasing pent-up thoughts and emotions
Bridging inner thinking with outer events
Detaching and letting go of the past

When you are in an intensely emotional mood, journaling can help you more fully experience and understand those emotions.

After you’ve vented on the pages of your journal, you’ll quickly find a release. Objectivity will return, and you’ll be able to move forward.

Support Your Learning

Humans are bad at retaining information. We forget most of what we read and hear. However, when you write down the things you’ve learned, you retain them far better. Even if you never re-read what you’ve written, the simple act of writing something down increases brain development and memory.

Increase Your Gratitude

Even if you start a journal session in a bad mood, the insight writing brings has a subtle way of shifting your mind towards gratitude. When you start writing what you’re grateful for, new chambers of thought open in the palace of your mind. You’ll often need to put your pen down and take a few overwhelming breaths. You’ll be captivated not only by the amazing things in your life but by the awe and brilliance of life in general.

As part of your morning and post-work journaling sessions, be sure to include some gratitude in your writing. It will change your entire life orientation from scarcity to abundance. The world will increasingly become your oyster. Gratitude journaling is a scientifically proven way to overcome several psychological challenges. The benefits are seemingly endless.

Unfold The Writer In You

I became a writer through journaling. While I was on a mission trip, I wrote in my journal for one to two hours per day. I got lost in flow and fell in love with the writing process.

If you want to become a writer one day, start by journaling. It can help you:

  • Develop strong writing habits
  • Help you discover your voice!
  • Clear your mind and crystallises your ideas

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