How To Use Your Journal To Overcome Life's Obstacles!

Woman crossing tight ropeOne of the big goals as a life coach is to get people to change their thinking! In 1952, Normal Vincent Peale published the book The Power of Positive Thinking, and it is still considered one of the best self-help books out there! And the truth is, we become what we think! The power of our thoughts—both positive and negative—is amazing!

The power of our thoughts—both positive and negative—is amazing! Read about using your journal and use these thoughts! Click To Tweet

Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life

If you want to make changes in your life, first you must change your thoughts! As one of my mentors, Mary Morrisseu says, “Everything happens twice; first in thought and then in life.” So, what you think today is what you will manifest tomorrow. Your subconscious mind is always working; it may be inspiring you, or it may be discouraging you! Even when you're sleeping, your subconscious is working telling the Universe what it is you are looking for. So why not put this power to work for you making a better life? One of the best ways to do this is journaling.

Journaling is Powerful

Writing in a journal is a highly effective way to study your thoughts. Free writing; writing about things that pop into your head, enables you to reflect and dissect your thoughts to reveal what is really motivating you and possibly what is holding you back!

The Power of Fear

The power of fear is amazing. It comes many forms; uncertainty, anxiety, and regrets are all things that form fear! And, this fear can present stumbling blocks to all of us. All of these negative emotions and our reactions to situations can prevent us from living our life to the fullest and becoming the person we want to be.

Let's Get Writing

Open your journal and start writing! Write what scares you, what makes you anxious. Write what makes you say “NO! Put these things in your journal. Now, look at them and think about them. They're just words, no more. And you can handle these words because they are just that, words.

Did That Make You Start to Feel Better?

If that exercise had a positive effect (and if it didn't we need to talk), let's look at some other prompts you can use!

  • Banish fear of failing—Failure is how we learn new things. Failure can teach you what not to do. Highly successful people say, “fail early and fail often!” Failure is the key to discovering the Next Big Thing, and it is the only true road to success.
  • Just do something—Newton's first law o motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it. You can't move ahead of you're not moving! SO get up and do something! Discover things you like to do, write about them in your journal and commit to doing them more often.
  • Uncertainty is the one certain thing—By our nature, humans don't like uncertainty. Fear of the unknown is one of the strongest of fears. But, life is uncertain and the future is the biggest unknown. Think of the future as a new adventure and embrace the uncertainty! Write about what you would love to see coming.

Avoid Filling Your Mind With Fears and Doubts

Banish those fears and doubts! Fill your mind, and your journal, with positive thoughts and thoughts of exactly what you want your life to look like. Create a plan on where you want your life to be, don't worry about the how, but put the “what” in amazing details!

Some Closing Thoughts…

If you've read some of my previous posts on journaling, you know I keep both a handwritten journal as well as an electronic journal and I use them for two different purposes. I like the handwritten journal to record a stream of consciousness ideas and thoughts. I use my e-journal to dig deeper into these ideas. I suggest that if you don't have a journal, start one. Look at the obstacles that are in your life and figure out why they are there.

Would you like some help with your journal writing? Let me know and leave a comment! I would love to work with you with using a journal to improve your life!

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