Gain Insight as You Journal About Your Daily Struggles

We all encounter challenges of various kinds.  How do we handle these daily struggles?

Recently, I have started to do some short journal entries to help me gain a greater sense of self-awareness.

If you feel depressed or anxious on a regular basis, are you aware of the issues, ideas, or events you are struggling with?

If you don’t have a good answer to the last question, my hope is that today’s blog post will encourage you to begin to journal about the issues you are facing in life.

Let’s think about four exceptional benefits of keeping a daily journal.

With Your Journal, You can Discover Why You Feel the Way You Do

For me, journaling is beginning to become a valuable habit for me.  It’s been a journey towards greater self-discovery in my life.

My lack of self-awareness felt like a vague sense that something was wrong, but I wasn’t sure what it was.

If you are completely unaware of your negative thoughts or moods – and the issues that trigger them, how will you ever begin to address your issues with depression or anxiety?

You Will Uncover Many of Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

In today’s journal entry, I took a few minutes to write about my thoughts about how inadequate I feel in doing this blog, and in following my online training.

I wrote about my negative thoughts and limiting beliefs, and I wrote some ideas and thoughts to counteract and question these ideas.

I feel inspired again to give myself a chance.  In the journal entry, I noted that “I’m no good in setting up a blog or online business.”  I reminded myself that in believing this statement, I’m not giving myself a chance.

Even as I write this blog, I hope that I’m including some good ideas.  These tips are ones that are helping me, and my hope is that I’ll be helping others (like yourself) who face issues, pain, and challenges in life.

I’m beginning to let go of the concept of perfectionism, and am beginning to give myself credit for giving this blog and website a try.

Once your self-limiting beliefs are on paper, you can question them, address them, get some help or perspective with them, and make better progress in your life.

With Your Journal, You can Gain a Greater Awareness of Your Purpose 

In the past, I have journaled about the things that are most important to me, and why I have different kinds of goals for my life.

I believe that we all have a dream or a vision for our lives.  Many times, it’s not even on paper.

For many years, I have kept my goals and dreams for the future in my head.

When I started a journal, the goals for my life became clearer.  I became aware of the reasons why I wanted to achieve them for my life.

Take a few moments each day to think about you why you want to achieve your dreams in life.  It will spur you on to keep working on your goals.

With my own list of goals, I came up with a purpose statement for this blog and online business.  I wrote it down on an index card and need to review it often:

“My purpose is to use my creativity and love of learning in business and personal development areas of life to encourage and inspire others to reach their potential in living a life of purpose, joy and freedom.”

I have included my purpose statement on previous blog posts.  In the past few weeks and months, I wish I had reviewed it more often.  It would have kept me on track with my goals and dreams.

My hope is that this statement encourages you to take some time and reflect upon what is most important to you – and to create an inspiring purpose statement that will give you greater meaning and encouragement for any challenge you face.

Your Journal can Help You Discover the Things for Which are Thankful For

One of my most inspiring documents is one I called “Remembrances List.”

I’m inspired when I review this list.  This document is a part of my journal.

If you struggle with depression, you likely think about past events that are negative, painful, or regretful.

I’d like to encourage you to think back to a few events of your past that you are grateful for.  Did you receive unexpected help from someone?  Are there major challenges you overcame (which you didn’t think you could survive)?  Did you have a major job or financial challenge that you worried about?  If you were able to make it through these types of challenges, make a list.

When I “re-visit” this list, I feel grateful that I was able to make it through my previous challenges.  It inspires me with gratitude for things that happened in the past.

Are there things for which you can be grateful for from today?  Mark them down.

We all need the encouragement and inspiration to keep going.

If we’re not careful, our moods can be affected by our current challenges, our own self-limiting beliefs, or the ever-changing and negative opinions of some of the people we encounter.

Your journal can be something to refer to as a reminder that good things have happened in your life, and that there are things for which you can be grateful for today.

I like the quote in the image below, as it’s a good reminder to learn from the past, while we keep a positive focus on the future.  The quote says “Our eyes are in front because it is better to look ahead than to look back.  Don’t dwell on things from the past. Learn from them and keep moving forward.

Until my next post, have a great day.

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