The Most Effective Tool For Personal Growth
For years, I refused to start journaling. Despite the many benefits, I saw it as another time suck. After all, I’m terrific at recalling details (famous last words of those who misplace everything)! After tiring from chasing my tail in life, I started journaling. As a writer, the thoughts and words quickly fell onto the paper. However, for many, there’s a degree of “Ummm… OK, now what”? when looking at a blank page. Here are some great ways anyone can begin journaling for personal growth.
Tackling the Because
While hitting the ground free-writing can feel like looking for buried treasure hand-tied and blindfolded, focusing on “because” is a great starting point. Here are a few examples.
- I attract cheaters because…
- The way she spoke to me made me angry because…
- My business isn’t picking up speed because…
- I’m out of breath going up the stairs because…
There are three musts when using this strategy. First, it requires a fair amount of self-awareness. Second, pour in a heaping tablespoon of brutal honesty. And third, ACCOUNTABILITY!!
For example, when reflecting on why you attract cheaters, you can’t stop at “I’m too nice.” Is it because you don’t think you deserve to be the appetizer, entree, and dessert? Do you have commitment issues and prefer to keep it light for fear of abandonment?
Wherever your “because’s” take you, own them! It’s just between you and your journal.
Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve
This next strategy in journaling for personal growth is to reflect on something that sticks out and tackle the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. If you often find yourself wishing for do-overs, this can help you build conflict resolution habits that make you proud.
For example, if a coworker dumps a pile of their work on your desk and you begrudgingly say “no problem,” your response may haunt you for weeks to come. If you read my post, you know there’s a thin line between being the bigger person and feeling like a doormat.
Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, connect you with your true feelings about a situation, what you really wanted to say, and what you could say in the future.
Getting All Artsy Fartsy
I’m saving my new favorite for last! After having the pleasure of chatting with Amanda Anderson, owner and artist behind the genius Sketch and Sealed, I had to share her with you!
At www.sketchedandsealed.com, Amanda offers creative alternatives to traditional journaling. Whether you’re replacing written format or want an extra layer, expression through images is brilliant.
I do believe that combining both would bring maximum benefit. The art serves as a releasing and expressing, with the written uncovering behavior patterns.
So Many Options For Journaling
While there are many options to help you start journaling for personal development, these are some of my favorites. Try them all and see which one works best or combine them all.
Don’t forget to download your free Personal Growth Journaling Sheets allowing you to combine the Because and Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve strategies. They’ll be sure to help you uncover patterns that are holding you back from fulfillment.
Want a great list of questions to reflect on to get major breakthroughs in your journaling? I’ve gotcha covered! These reflective questions will help you define and create fulfillment in major parts of your life now!