How to Journal Your Way to Improved Mental Health pt. 3

Allows You to Stay in Tune with Your Emotions

One of the main reasons people struggle with their emotions is the failure to focus on their mental well-being. However, taking the time to write in a journal is an excellent way to stay in tune with your emotions and help you develop resiliency to everyday stressors. Strengthening your emotional functions by journaling is a perfect way for business leaders and entrepreneurs to handle stress in the workplace.

Today almost turned into a stressor for me. I had to create some promotional material for a directory. I thought it was the only thing I would be working on that day. However, I accepted an urgent request to do a proofreading job. I managed to complete the promotional material on time and started working on the proofreading.

I am still writing this in my journal. I can look back as a reminder of how I handled this situation and the results. I will have the proofreading done by tomorrow morning and ready to take on a new assignment.

I am feeling much better for having written this to you. Take time to write in your journal and observe the change.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

How to Journal Your Way to Improved Mental Health pt. 2

Boosts Your Mood

Another benefit of journaling is that it can significantly boost your mood and enhance your overall

well-being. Putting all of your thoughts on paper or typing them out on a computer can relieve stress and help you feel much better. Developing a journaling habit is an excellent way to reduce depression and provide a positive outlet for expressing your emotions.

Yesterday, I accepted a challenge to write down any rewards receive for the next thirty days. A few hours later, my son’s girlfriend offered to cook dinner, and of course, I accepted. She later washed dishes and moped for me. I greatly appreciated what she did, and it was completely unexpected. I accept this as my reward from my Heavenly Father.

Today, my grandson bought me lunch—another unexpected but pleasantly surprising gift. I am thanking my Father for these gifts. I also thanked my son’s girlfriend and my grandson. I am sharing this with you. I would like you to think about unforeseen gifts you may have received.

Hey! Share in the comments a gift you received unexpectedly.

Until next time, please stay safe, and keep the faith.

How to Journal Your Way to Improved Mental Health pt. 1

Many business leaders struggle with stress. Over time, stress can turn into more serious mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. A great way to improve your mental health is by taking the extra time each day to journal. You can choose to journal in various ways, whether you prefer to use old-fashioned pen and paper or use an app on your phone.

Here is one of the main ways that journaling can improve your mental health.

Helps You to Relax

One of the benefits of writing in a journal is that it helps you to relax. Write about the stressors of your day to release them from your mind. Or consider a different approach: Write about your gratitude or all the things that went RIGHT today. Taking the extra time to relax is also a great way to boost your immune system and help you stay mentally and physically healthy. Writing in a journal for only 15 to 20 minutes a day a few times a week is an effective way to relax and unwind from the stress of each day.

Today could have been an actual stressor for me. I had a meeting, two mastermind groups, a journal class, and writing to do. There was very little time for me to catch my breath in between each session and course. However, I did take some time to write about my day. It helped take away my feelings of stress.

The great thing about writing about my day, I started feeling good about my day instead of the pressure of the day. I had accomplished so much, and I felt a sense of pride in those accomplishments. It is one of the benefits journaling can provide for you. Set yourself free, and start journaling.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

What a Month!

I find it exceedingly difficult to write about myself. I intend to share myself with you, and the best way to do that is to tell you what I have done these past weeks.

June has been extremely busy for me. I have given more than 20 talks this month, and there are still three days left. I am so excited!

I restarted my interview podcast show, and you can find episodes on Iheart radio at https://www.iheart.com/podcast/966-courage-to-live-your-dream-30334039/.

I am happy to have started my Journal class. The class begins Monday, June 28, 2021, at 6 pm PDT. You can register at https://tinyurl.com/788bennf.

However, I want to tell you about a fabulous speaker, Jill Lubin. Jill is one of the beautiful and supportive friends who has encouraged me to step out and speak more. I have known her for six years. She is a fountain of wisdom.

Jill is a popular international speaker who teaches powerful publicity, networking, and persuasive techniques. As the CEO of the strategic consulting firm, Promising Promotion, Jill has trained companies in innovative strategies to improve bottom-line results. In the past twenty-plus years, she has worked with ABC, NBC, CBS, and other national media and knows what the media wants.

Jill has been featured in The New York Times, Women’s Day, Fortune Small Business, Inc, Entrepreneur Magazine, and ABC and NBC radio and TV national affiliates.

Check out Jill’s Powerful Media and Mindset resources: http://www.jilllublin.com

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

5 Reasons Self Discovery Through Journaling is the Key to a Fulfilled Life

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Do you want to live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life? One thing which could help is journaling.

Journaling has become a popular form of self-discovery, helping people identify what they want and how to get it. Through regular journaling, you can discover more about yourself and your goals than you ever thought possible. Not convinced? Here are five reasons self-discovery through journaling is the key to a fulfilled life.

1. Helping you to identify with your inner thoughts and feelings

One of the main ways journaling helps with self-discovery is to identify with your inner thoughts and feelings. Understanding yourself is key to living a happy, more fulfilled life.

Journals allow you to write freely and openly. You are free from judgment, which means you will often write straight from the heart and uncover things about yourself you never even realized.

Not only does this help you to identify with how you feel, but it also allows you to see how you can potentially change your emotional reactions. Giving you more control over your thoughts and feelings enables you to shut out any negativity and focus purely on the positive – helping you to live a happier life.

2. It is an incredible stress reliever

Of course, writing things down also acts as an incredible stress reliever. It is well-known that bottling things up can make problems appear much worse than they are. Therefore, sharing them in your journal helps to get your thoughts and feelings out of your head in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Stress affects absolutely every area of your life in a negative way. So, the first step to living a more fulfilled and happier life is to eliminate as much stress as you can.

3. You will understand what makes you tick

Those who are truly happy and fulfilled typically know precisely who they are and what they want. Once you understand specifically what you want and where you want your life to go, you will focus on making your dreams and goals a reality.

Journaling helps you to identify what makes you tick. You can then use that to ensure you are living by who you are. Doing more of what makes you tick adds passion and fulfillment into your life.

4. It motivates you to act

If you find it difficult to motivate yourself to achieve your goals, journaling can be an excellent tool. After writing down and identifying what you want, you can use the journal to determine what you need to do to achieve your goals.

Once written out in front of you, it does motivate you to act. As you start working towards your goals and marking off your progress, you will gain even more motivation to continue.

5. It encourages positive thinking

Part of your journal-writing exercise is to make a daily list of things you are grateful for in your life. Over time, this trains the brain to look out for the positives.

Positive thinking has a significant impact on your happiness. When you start to look at things more positively, you will begin to enjoy life a lot more. It is also true that positivity breeds positivity. So, the more positive thoughts you begin the have, the more will follow.

These are five of the top reasons self-discovery through journaling is the key to a fulfilled life. It is not something that will instantly work overnight, so do not expect miracle results right away. However, the more you do it, the more positive effects it will start to have on your life.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Failure is Your Friend

There is a lot of talks out there about success. Do a quick search about any business-related subject, and you are sure to come up with a slew of content that, in some way, talks about or discusses success. Search Amazon using the word “success.” What are your search results going to be? Hundreds and hundreds of books whose subject revolves about being successful at something. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Everyone wants to be successful at whatever it is they are doing. It is especially true in a business environment. In business, success means a satisfied and happy customer base. It means demand for your product or service exceeding supply. It means having a lean and flexible organization. Most of all, it means a comfortable profit margin.

The thing is, success is not all about success. Let me put that another way. When all you do is concentrate on the positive results of being successful, you miss the point. You see, it is ironic, but real success is not about succeeding. Instead, it is about failure.

No one wants to talk about failure. People tend to avoid both the word and the concept. When discussing failure, treat it as a moral lesson. The person who failed is held up as an example of how not to do things. There is a suggestion, and sometimes more than a suggestion, that some internal personal flaw caused the failure. This tendency to avoid disappointment or blame the person who did not succeed for their failure is highly damaging. It perpetuates the myth of winners who succeed almost effortlessly, who are ordained to win due to some superior moral compass. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The absolute truth is that you must fail to succeed. Oscar Wilde said that experience is simply the name that we give our mistakes. Nothing could be more accurate. We learn from our mistakes. Failing teaches us the lessons that we need to know to reach our goals. The most successful people understand this. They have internalized the lessons of their failures. They have used these lessons to get where they are today. Real success is not a game or a reality show. It does not fall upon the shoulders of the chosen few. Real success comes from failing, often more than once. In these moments of failure, we learn how to avoid mistakes in the future and successfully reach our goals.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.