Journaling can help you achieve your goals because it will force you to think about them, consider the why and how, and delve deeper into the situation so that you can examine all sides of it. Read on to find out how journaling can help.
* It Forces You to Write Down Your Goals: When you start a journal, it basically is a way to force yourself to document your goals. Whether you write them down on paper or you use technology to get it all down doesn’t matter. Once they’re written, they are ready to tackle.
* It Makes You Consider Why and How: As you enter data into your journal, you’ll be forced to face the why and how of your goal. This is especially true if you write down a goal and focus on it in your journal.
* It Enables You to Examine the Opportunities and Threats: When you are focused on goal making with your journal, you’ll also explore opportunities and threats coming your way due to your goals. It helps you avoid roadblocks in advance.
* It Makes You Develop Steps for Success Based on Your Goals: When you see it written down, you’ll want to notice and pull out any steps you’ve developed in your journal and put them in your calendar for scheduling.
* It Helps You Improve Goal Setting and Achievement: Each time you intentionally set goals, define steps to achieve the goals, and perform them, you are setting yourself up for being able to improve your skills.
* It Provides Accountability: Even if no one else is reading your journal, a private journal can help you become accountable to yourself. If you develop the habit of looking at your journal each day and put something else in there each day, it’ll work great for helping you become more accountable.
* It Provides a Permanent Record: Having a permanent record of the things you’ve done in your life, whether its personal or work, is a beautiful thing. Hardly anyone has a perfect memory, so you’ll maintain the lessons learned better with the record to look back at.
* It May Be Inspirational: Depending on the journal, you might even be able to take the information inside and compile it into a real book for others to read to inspire them. You might also take from it steps for your success for a project and turn it into a course to inspire someone else.
Journaling is an excellent way to work toward achieving all your goals. It will even help you make better goals because the process of entering facts in your journal will cause you to see them in a more logical way that is more useful.
Check out my posts on creating your daily practice!! We talk about it in Bizology too, creating a daily practice, shifts your results when you Make it Happen!! But you can read the posts here on the blog easily!
Journaling is often a daily practice. Adding your goals and desires fits into that practice. But don’t let it overwhelm you. Often people can get frustrated if they miss a day and feel they have to catch up. It is YOUR practice, YOU get to set the rules. There is no rule that says you have to journal every day, or that it has to be goal focused every day, or that it has to be linear or encompass everything you did. You totally get to decide HOW to create the daily practice and the journal.
If you look at the Gratitude Project — it has great ideas on gratitude journaling. That might be something that is brief and easy to do each evening. Goals might be part of the morning routine. And always there is flexibility in how you do it and craft your practice.