The Power Of A Good Journal
Gosh, do I Love the Power of A Good Journal...
Recently I have found that journaling has the power to change your thoughts, and therefore a lot of other things including your self-esteem and your confidence. The practice of journaling can change how you see yourself and how you see your life and business.
So why doesn’t everyone do it?
Well, I didn’t even know it was a thing. To be quite honest I thought it was a bit like “Dear Diary” however I quickly found out with a bit of persuasion and persistence that it was really powerful.
When you journal, the practice of taking a thought and putting it down on paper gives you the ability to see it and examine it. You know the old saying “When you write it down, it becomes real”?
So this practice neutralizes the thought from any extra emotions or judgement it might be carrying and gives you the power to decide what you do with that actually thought or thoughts. You can choose to keep it, rewrite it, rewire the thought, be more positive about it or push it away altogether and get it out of your brain and your life.
To Master your mindset, the practice of putting pen to paper is in my opinion the most life-giving foundational strategy you can incorporate into your life.
The way I think about journaling is that when you put pen to paper, it is like a massive exhale of what has or is cluttering up your mind, and what you write down, your responses, your compassion, your new thoughts are all an act of de-cluttering.
If it feels overwhelming looking at a blank piece of paper, which I used to do a lot until I stopped thinking too much about it, you just sometimes need to ask yourself a simple question like “What do I really want”? and if you start with a question, you often start the journaling juices flowing.
The more you see your thoughts written down, the better you understand them. The more you understand them, the more you will be able to manage and direct them. The more you train your ability to direct your thoughts, the more you will master your mindset and have the power in the way you can change your thinking and approach to everyday life.
So I would like to give you some of my journal prompts that I have used for my clients and myself to help with self-esteem and confidence to master your mindset so that you can feel unstoppable in your life and business and start living your dream.
1. What does confidence mean to you?
2. When in your childhood did you feel the most confident? Describe that version of yourself in as much detail as possible.
3. How would you describe the most confident person you know?
4. Why does that person inspire you and what are they able to do that you want to do?
5. What compliments about your personality do people often give you?
6. When is the last time you really celebrated your own success and gave yourself credit for what you are doing well?
7. What does your morning routine look like when you have your ideal day?
8. What is the ideal night time routine that makes you feel relaxed, fulfilled and peaceful at night as you lay your head down to sleep?
9. If you tend to overthink, what is the root fear that drives this spiral of second-guessing and over-analysing?
10. How would your life be different if you saw failure as a good thing?
11. Are you more quick to notice what is going wrong or to notice what is going right?
12. How can you build up confidence in someone else today by complimenting them?
13. Create a list of 10 compliments to give yourself.
14. Write about how you can be more confident in being yourself.
15. When do you feel most yourself?
16. What is one activity that cheers you up, no matter what?
17. What is your best physical quality?
18. What is one way you have failed recently?
19. Do you want to approach life with a “what if” mindset or with an “even if” mindset?
20. Picture yourself completely confident. How does this version of you dress, speak and carry themselves?