The Power of Journaling
I have been journaling for most of my adult life. This "journaling" has constituted many forms over the years. In high school, I took course notes and sketched in my art pads. As an engineering student in college, I transcribed complicated math formulas and mechanical processes along with pictures. I didn't have a laptop, so all of my notes were written and they were vital when it was time to take my exams. I started writing more about my life, family, and personal goals after college when I was an engineer and ran an Amway business side hustle. I attended conferences and took tons of notes on business hacks, tips, and strategies. I read my bible as a new Christian and wrote down lessons I was being taught. As a new husband and father, I would write my personal feelings and convictions about these new experiences. All in all, I have over 100 notebooks in shapes and sized packed away in boxes up in my attick. They are the written "diary" of my life.
Why am I talking about this at all? The topic came up on a recent call I facilitated with team leaders of cleaning companies that I help. One of the team leaders was dealing with so many personal challenges in her family and wanted to share. We listened intently. The more she shared, the better she started to feel. She had a place to let out her feelings and that was invaluable to her. At the end, I suggested that she start journaling and shared 3 distinct advantages. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, and goals engages your brain so much more than keeping it to yourself or typing it out. It serves as a time capsule to go back to whenever you want to. Lastly, it allows you to always share your feelings to yourself like holding up a mirror when you talk. She was excited and realized it was time for her to start capturing the details of her life. Let's talk about these 3 benefits in more detail, then you can decide if it's right for you.
I hope this podcast got you thinking about adding a new discipline to your day. Journaling is vital to my life and I hope it becomes that for you.
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