One of the greatest lies we tell ourselves is that we’re stuck in a rut. However, did you know it’s not only possible to change your situation, but to also change yourself too?
The mind is such a powerful thing. It can be our greatest ally or our biggest enemy. The key to reinventing yourself is to gain control over the mind and start living the life you want to live. One way you can do this, is by keeping a journal.
Today, let's talk about 5 ways to reinvent yourself through journaling.
1. Choose the right journal
Ok, so this one may sound a little silly, but the journal you choose can actually have a significant impact on how effective it is. Your journal is supposed to inspire and motivate you to use it. So, if you don’t absolutely love it, you’re not going to feel very inspired.
Take your time to choose the right journal. Think about its design and how the pages are set out. Do you love it? Can you see yourself writing in it every day? It may sound a little ridiculous, but the right journal will actually pick you.
2. Start by writing about the things you’re grateful for
Once you’ve got the right journal, figuring out how to start it can be pretty tough. So, if you’re struggling, start by writing a list of the things you’re grateful for. This can either be done first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening. There are advantages of doing it during both times, so it’s all about what works for you.
All too often, we spend most of our time focusing on the things we don’t have or the things we wish we had. This makes us forget about the positive things we do have. Journaling helps you to focus on the positive things in the here and now, rather than wasting time and energy wishing for something more.
So how can this help you to reinvent yourself? Well, the more positive you are, the easier you’ll find it to make a change. It’s often our own negativity which sets us back in life so anything which makes us become more positive can help us to reinvent ourselves.
3. Be 100% honest
Journaling isn’t going to help you if you aren’t 100% honest. The trouble is, you may find you spend so much time hiding how you really feel, that being 100% honest about your thoughts and feelings can be difficult to start with. You need to remember that your journal is a safe place. It’s a non-judgmental space which enables you to say exactly how you feel with no repercussions or judgements.
Once you’re totally honest about your thoughts and feelings and what you want from life, you’ll be able to see what you need to do in order to change.
4. Write down your goals
Use the journal to write down what it is you want to achieve. This can be done in the form of short term and long-term goals. It’s important to see the big picture. Where do you want to be in 3-5 years and how could you potentially get there?
Writing down your goals and identifying the steps you need to take to make a change, will help massively.
5. Make it a routine
It’s important to use your journal daily. Set up a daily routine where you write in your journal at a specific time. Once you’ve gotten used to writing in the journal, it will become an automatic habit you carry out each day.
As with anything, in order to reinvent yourself you need to be persistent and committed. So, be sure to write in your journal every single day.
These are just 5 ways to reinvent yourself through journaling. The more you do it, the more changes you’ll start to see – both in how you feel and how you act.
"My life has a unique purpose and I am grateful for the opportunity to fulfill it."
This article is part 3 of 4 of our Discover Yourself through Journaling series. If you missed the previous articles, you can read them here:
Article 1 - Journaling for Healing & Self Discovery
Article 2 - Journaling: How To Live A Happier, Healthier and More Fulfilled Life
-- Share Your Thoughts
As we have discussed today, journaling can help you examine your life and change everything that is adversely affecting your life.
What steps are you taking to reinvent yourself today? Let me know in the comments below.