A Journal - An Idea for a Better Life

written by Nathan & Kelli

Your mind is amazing and powerful. It has the ability to remember, and plan, and weigh the consequences of your actions. But, it can also be easily distracted and lazy. If allowed it will simply run on autopilot, continuing to think and do the same things over and over.

The habit of regularly writing in a journal, and reading your journal, has the ability to counteract these problems. A journal can help you create focus through regularly repeating and refining your goals. A journal can help you better sort through the mishmash of thoughts and ideas that are floating through your brain. A journal can help you find a purpose and live according to that purpose.

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In order to make a journal a powerful tool in your life you need to do three things:

  • Make writing in your journal a habit. Do it every single day (or close to it).
  • Take time to reflect on your journal, re-read past entries, determine if what you have been writing has helped.
  • Be willing to experiment with your journal entries, try writing about different things, try different formats. Find what works for you.

To get you started here is a template for a simple, but highly useful, journal entry.

We hope you are able to take this idea, create a habit of writing in a journal in your life, and enjoy the blessings that can come from it.

PS.  Here are a few writing prompts to get you started:

  • What is your biggest dream (or goal)?
  • If you couldn’t fail what would you do?
  • What is the most important thing you could do today?
  • Who do you want to be (in 1 month, 1 year….)?
  • List the things you want and already have.
  • What was one of your successes today?
  • What was something you could have done better today?
  • What emotions are you feeling today?
  • What good deed did you do today (maybe simply telling someone thank you)?
  • What did you do today that you want to do again tomorrow?
  • Who is important in your life and why?
  • What are the biggest fears holding you back from reaching your goals?
  • What skill or knowledge would you like to learn (or have you recently learned)?
  • How have you changed in the last month or year?
  • What is your happiest memory?
  • Who and what are you grateful for (include things about you)?
  • What is a difficult thing you have gone through recently and what did you learn about yourself?
  • What is something you could remove from your life to make it better?
  • What do you spend time on that doesn’t improve your life?
  • What is a book you have been reading? (Copy a quote or thought from the book).
  • Read some of your past journal entries and write your thoughts about what you read.

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