30 days to reaching your potential day fourteen: start a journal
We all have thoughts that get stuck in our head that we don’t feel we can express to others. Journaling is a way of letting out our thoughts that would normally not be mentioned to others. It is a private sanctuary meant solely for us whereby we can release our feelings and the expressions of our soul.
Today is the day to start a journal. If you have had a journal before, that’s great! If not, this is not a pressured exercise. Rather, it is an opportunity to begin to express yourself in a new way.
You don’t have to write in it every day. You can write what is on your mind whenever you feel like it. The main thing is to be able to express your thoughts in a private place to yourself while getting them out of your head in the process.
There is a great book called Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Empire who was also a Stoic Philosopher. The book Meditations outlines his reflections/ journal entries to himself to remind him both of his Stoic doctrine and to help him deal with issues on life. It is a great read and gives a good example of just how personal a journal can be and what sort of thoughts others have had in their own private sanctuary. Personally I would recommend the Penguin Classics translation for those starting out, but the penguin classics version is also fantastic.
Journaling can be done in a variety of ways. You can write on a blog, in a notepad or however works for you. The main thing is to return to your journal fairly regularly to express your thoughts and to also reflect on your thought patterns (I.e.: main aspects you continue thinking about, whether positive or negative).
For more information on Journaling and the benefits of it for stress management, check out the article at: http://stress.about.com/od/generaltechniques/p/profilejournal.htm.
- Start a private blog on Blogger.com (or another platform) or buy a journal notebook.
- Begin recording your thoughts in your journal on a regular basis.
- Reflect on your journal entries and the patterns in your thoughts.