Have you ever written in a journal before?
If so, what was your experience like? Did you hate it? Love it? If you haven’t kept a journal before, have you ever considered the idea of doing so?
The reason I ask is just to get you thinking about the benefits (or potential benefits) of keeping a journal.
In my experience, most people don’t journal regularly or don’t want to journal at all because it is not a priority. This is likely because they have yet to experience the benefits of journaling, which do take time to see and feel.
The benefits are real, though.
I have kept a journal for the majority of the last 13 years of my life. It’s funny now to go back and read what I was going through in the 4th grade. My way of thinking about life and people has definitely grown and changed, and I feel that I have become a better person since then.
But overall, here are the 4 main benefits I’ve seen by keeping a journal. These are also the primary reasons that I continue to keep writing today.
We all pass through difficult times. Life has a way of throwing at us more than we can handle; sometimes we crumble under the stress and other times we rise above. The challenges we face and the mistakes we make often become the greatest mentor and teacher we could ever ask for. By keeping a journal of the painful experiences you face, you enable yourself to learn more deeply from that experience years later.
I have found it humbling to look back at times where I felt I was struggling with life. To see that my struggle was just a small moment compared with the rest of my life brings me the assurance of knowing that I can do hard things.
Couldn’t we all use that same level of confidence going forward?
Every Sunday night, I sit down and write my goals for the week. I typically stick to 3-5 major goals that help me reach bigger goals, all of which are focused on my core purpose and belief (my WHY). I strive to work for goals that I feel I can achieve, goals that are in my power to see through. I can’t control whether someone buys my products on Shopify, but I can control the products I sell, the content I create, and the message I send through my marketing efforts.
By writing down my goals, I put myself in a position to remember them and actually work to achieve them. At the end of the week, I evaluate how I did based on what I had written down at the beginning of the week. In other words, writing my goals down in a journal keeps me accountable to myself. If I didn’t reach my goals, I reflect and make changes and try again the next week. This process of goal setting and accountability leads to true growth and progression – things I believe each one of us craves.
A journal can become a space for you and me to write down what we are thankful for. Gratitude leads to greater happiness, peace, and satisfaction, even when life is challenging. Gratitude lifts our mindset from focusing on ourselves to focusing outward, on others. Being grateful helps us to see clearly what matters most to us, helping us set better goals and live a more meaningful life.
The process of thinking about then writing down what you are grateful for is a pattern of living that will yield major happiness. We have all been given so much; often times it takes writing those things down to realize how blessed we are.
Do you see how increased perspective, accountability, and gratitude are related? Each of these aspects leads us to grow and become a better person.
By remembering our WHY daily, staying grateful and humble, and constantly learning from our mistakes, we will gradually reach the vision we have for our life.
Journaling on a regular basis allows you to see and experience your growth as an entrepreneur and human. And that’s why I love it so much.
If you need a good journal, I recommend The Mastery Journal. This journal helps you focus on your most important goals and remember your vision as your working each day.
If you’re more of a fan of regular, plain-paged journals, I recommend this leather one.