Personal Journal Writing

Find Clarity Through Journaling

Find Clarity Through Journaling

By Natalie Alexander

Journaling can be your new best friend when you have been struggling to find more clarity in your life, or find your direction. Writing in a journal on its own helps you to learn more about yourself, but you can go one step further with these simple journaling methods and dive deep into your thoughts and emotions.

√ The List Journal

You can find many types of list journals out there, but one place to start will be to take an audit of things you want in your life. Taking the time to write down your goals and dreams, will help you create a plan and take the next steps to turn these dreams into reality. The lists can be work or business-related topics or just fun things that you’ve been thinking about for a long time.

That kind of list can give you exciting new things to look forward to and try out. Another thing you can do is to list the number of accomplishments that you’ve achieved in the last year, quarter, or month which can help you gain a sense of confidence on how many things you’ve done or completed. Such actions will give you a clearer picture of how you’ve been spending your time, and show you that you have things that you can be happy about.

√ The Gratitude Journal

Do you ever find yourself becoming impatient, and unhappy about the things you wish you had? For some people, it can be hard to stay focused on the positive things that go on in their life. More common than not people usually focus on the things that they haven’t received instead of remembering what they already have. Take a little time each day to write down the things that you feel grateful for; this can help you put a lot of minor annoyances into perspective.

Sometimes it takes a good hard look to remind you that life hasn’t dealt you the worst hand, it just feels like that on some days. What kinds of things do you feel grateful for today? Try to record what you’re thankful for that day, week, month, season, and so forth. Ask yourself this question as often as you can, and you might be surprised that you learn something new about what captures your concern and what inspires you.

√ Free Thought Journal

Not every single aspect of a journal should be controlled. There are times when it’s a good idea just to let loose and say what’s on your mind. This kind of journal is usually called a free thought journal. It can help you get many trapped thoughts out of your head. You can also use this to rattle off random ideas and opinions. One of the significant advantages of this kind of journal is that everything that comes out is likely unfiltered, you can open up and just let it all hit the page.

Later on, when you’ve had some time to think about things, you can go back and analyze what you have written down. Some thoughts can get masked by the influence of the world around you, so taking a look at the writings later when you’ve been spending time trying to get in touch with yourself, might be a revealing process that can push you closer to clarity.

Journals Help Characterize Your Emotions

It’s pretty enlightening to look back into the past to see what kinds of emotions you were experiencing during your life events. The written word on the page is impartial and honest because it comes from the moment when those things were being experienced instead of a foggy recall from memory.

When people are young, lots of things that happen seem like significant events, but as people mature, they will often avoid assigning a weight to things that they know to be frivolous, or fleeting. People, places and things can be the most critical thing in the world one day, and a few years later seem to have passed through unnoticed like a snap of your fingers. 

Journals Help Creates Intention

One of the best parts about clarity is understanding purpose and intention. Writing down goals, dreams, and plans can and usually will set you on a more structured path that will help you achieve and attain what you desired. When you aren’t sure of what it is that you’re going for, it’s a lot harder to make sure that you’re doing all of the things that will make your dreams a strong possibility.

If you are seeking clarity in your life, health, money, career or business you don’t have to do this alone, let’s chat.


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