How well do you truly know yourself? Sounds like a silly question — right? Surely you are the leading expert on the subject of you. But consider this: how often do you give yourself time to reflect on your life and your dreams? How often do you sit down and have quality time with yourself? Probably not too often…
Journaling is a powerful way to get to know yourself, and to consider how your life is taking shape. It’s a great tool to help you make sense of your thoughts and your feelings, and to develop your self-esteem and confidence.
Many of us struggle with a negative mindset, convincing ourselves that we aren’t good enough or that everything is going wrong. The truth is, no matter what our life situation might be, there is always something we can feel positive about. Forcing yourself to pick out and reflect on the positive aspects of your life on a regular basis can be life changing. Over time, your positive voice will become louder and more prominent than your negative one, and your shifted mindset can affect your actions, body language and thoughts for the better. Open up your journal, take your pen in hand and let’s get started…
1. Reflecting on the day
Jot down two or three positive things that happened today. This could be something you’ve accomplished or something that you experienced. Open your mind to your senses — was there something you saw, heard, tasted, smelled or felt that made you feel good today?
2. Looking forward to tomorrow
List two or three things that you are especially looking forward to tomorrow; something that is going to make you spring out of bed in the morning with a positive mindset. Remember, this is not a to-do list!
3. Reflecting on yourself
Affirmations can be very powerful — it’s so easy to forget about our personal qualities and talents! Remind yourself how great you really are by listing a couple of the unique qualities that make you special, things that you are good at, and things you like about your physical appearance (one thing we are all especially guilty of being negative about).
4. Giving thanks
Write down two or three things that you are grateful for in your life. This could be a particular person, the roof over your head, or a particular situation. What do you often take for granted?
5. Reminding yourself of your dreams and aspirations
What is your number one dream or ambition? Reminding yourself of your goals daily will inspire you to achieve them!
6. Thinking about others
List any good things that people have done for you recently. Perhaps a compliment someone was kind enough to give you.
Next, write down the name of someone who really supports or inspires you and some of their personal qualities that you particularly admire.
And lastly, write down something good you have done for someone else today or something you would like to do for someone in the future.
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