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Use Journaling to Increase Self-Improvement

Journaling is a powerful tool that few people take full advantage of. It can seem like a bit of a waste of time to some. However, journaling provides a ton of benefits, and a surprising number of highly successful people make journaling a daily habit.

You can learn a lot about yourself and gain much insight into your life. There is something magical about writing that thinking alone just doesn’t provide.

While you can type your journal into your computer, most people find it more effective to use actual paper and write.

Here are some tips to take advantage of journaling to gain insight into your mind and your life:

1. Review your day.

Look at your day and make some notes.

  • What happened?

  • How can you use this in the future?

  • What did you learn?

  • What mistakes did you make?

  • How can tomorrow be better than today?

2. List advancement toward your goals.

Reflect upon your goals and list the progress you made toward each. If did not do anything to make progress toward one or more of your goals, note that, too.

  • Celebrate and be proud of the progress you have made.

  • Become more determined by the progress you have yet to make.

3. Address your fears.

Write about your fears. What are you afraid of? Why do you think you are afraid of those things? How do your fears impact your life? What is your plan to address those fears?

4. Choose one way to enhance yourself.

Pick something you want to work on and work on it. Write about it in your journal. Perhaps you want to lose 10 pounds or strengthen your communication skills.

  • Choose something that would enhance your life and write about your thoughts, plans, and progress.

5. List your goals each day.

Writing down your goals each day is a powerful way to stay focused upon them. Write your 10 most important goals each day and notice how they evolve over time.

6. List five things that make you feel grateful.

What are you grateful for? Make a list of several items each day and notice how your perspective on life changes.

7. Write about the obstacles in your life.

What is standing in your way? List the obstacles in your life that you believe are blocking you from happiness or achieving your goals.

8. Create a plan.

Aside from your specific goals, what does your dream life look like? How are you planning on getting there? Reflect upon it and sketch out a plan.

9. Write about what is causing you to feel negative emotions.

What is getting you down? What are the situations, people, habits, and beliefs that are causing you the most turmoil? Why do these things bother you? What can you do about it?

10. List the best thing and the worst thing that happened today.

What are these two things and what was so great or terrible about them?

11. Use journaling prompts.

There are literally thousands of journaling prompts online you can choose to use at any time. Here are a few examples to get you started:

● List five things you appreciate about each member of your family.

● Describe your ideal day.

● If I could speak to my teenage self, I would say…

● I wish that others knew I…

● I wish I could say no to...

Journaling each day can take some time, but it is time that is well spent. Develop a routine that incorporates journaling into your life. It won’t be long before you begin noticing the benefits. Do what the most successful people in the world do and write about your thoughts and your life.

Moira Hutchison is an Intuitive Coach, Mindset Mentor, Energy Healer, Meditation Teacher & Tarot Card Reader. For more info visit:

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