Many successful people will tell you that they write in a journal every day. Journaling is a practice that has long been valued for its ability to clarify and bring order to your life. And journaling is also an excellent tool for you if you want to get to know and understand yourself better.
Writing is a vital self-awareness habit. And it can bring perspective and insight into your life as no other activity can. If you want to understand better your values and beliefs, goals, motivations, or even your fears and concerns, then writing in a journal is the activity for you.
What Can You Learn?
Writing for self-awareness starts with monitoring or writing about various aspects of your life. The more you write on a specific topic, the deeper your thinking will go, and the more understanding you will uncover about this part of your personality. Picking one topic and exploring it for an extended period is better than jumping around every day if your goal is higher self-knowledge. Here are some parts of your life you can write about to help you know yourself better, though.
• Your emotions: Writing about how you feel every day, what triggered those emotions, and how you reacted to them tells you a lot about your emotional health as well as past issues that may be clouding your current choices. Your emotions tell you a great deal about who you are, as they are often born in your subconscious.
• How you spend your time: While a log of your daily activities may not seem like an insightful exercise, it really can be. How you spend your time will tell you where you prioritize your life. If that time is not spent on activities or people you value, you need to ask yourself why? And what changes can you make to repair that alignment?
• Your beliefs and values: Spending time writing about the big ideas in your life, what importance different morals and values have for you, and what you believe to be vital for yourself can provide tremendous insight into who you are.
• Your goals: Spending quality time writing about your goals, why they are essential, how you plan to achieve them, and your progress toward attaining them can teach you a great deal about yourself. It can keep you on track and help you develop better habits for realizing these dreams.
• How you spend your money: Like time, money indicates what you value. Where is your money going? And does this tell you anything about your values and priorities? Does this help you identify any changes that might be necessary for your life?
How Journaling Helps
When you record your thoughts, habits, and emotions in a journal, it helps by increasing your self-awareness. The act of having to think back to what you did, how you felt, or what you spent in a day is reflective and helps build your awareness and reflection skills. The more you know what you are doing and why the better you will understand yourself.
Journaling also gives you a record of yourself over time, which can help you look for patterns and themes that we seldom recognize at the moment. Your journal becomes your history of you, and you can use it to look for clues that will help you better understand your motives or emotions.
Journaling is also a habit that requires attention and focus, which usually means taking a break from everything else in your life. Journaling can be a quiet, peaceful moment in your day that gives you peace and allows you to focus just on yourself, which many of us lack these days. Just that attention and care are enough to help you understand yourself even better.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.