A journal can be your key transformation. Journal writing is a way to record your memories, thoughts, rants and raves and a way to tap into your inner guidance to reveal new ideas, thoughts and revelations.
Within the pages of your journal, you can begin to know and express yourself freely. It doesn’t take any special skills to journal. You don’t need any special instructions and there’s no right or wrong way to journal. All you need is pen and paper.
Over the years, I have written in numerous journals at various times in my life. I have gratitude journals, travel journals, daily journals and recently a “bucket list journal”. The interesting thing about journals is that you can revisit them and discover how your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs evolved over the time. Whenever I re-read one of my journals, I can see where I’ve grown, changed my views, found answers, formed new opinions and flushed out some faulty beliefs.
If you haven’t kept a journal before, you may be wondering how to get started.
If so, here are a few examples to get you on your way:
- Start by writing about how you feel, what you want, or about a particular situation in your life… Don’t censor yourself – don’t worry about punctuation or grammar – just write!
- Describe the weather today, your location or a recent experience you had.
- Write about what it was like growing up in your family – describe your parents, siblings, aunts/uncles, or cousins
- Record whatever thoughts come to mind…doing so helps clear your mind and sparks memories
- Write about a challenge you’re facing or a problem you’re trying to solve. Sometimes just by writing down your concern, the answers will become clearer.
- Write as fast as you can. This is called “free writing”. Think of one word and all the words that you can associate with it. This is a fun activity, especially if you are having difficult deciding what to write about. It gets your creative juices flowing and takes the pressure off of what to write about.
- Set aside 15-20 minutes to write in your journal. You can do this first thing in the morning, on your lunch break or before you retire for the night. It doesn’t matter when you write as long as you write. You may be pleasantly surprised at what your inner genie will reveal.
Regular journal writing can be therapeutic as well as creative. It’s a self-discovery tool and a liberating way to get your feelings out of our head and onto the pages of your journal.
Tap into your inner genie through journaling so that you can begin to uncover and express your innermost thoughts and feelings.
In my book, Master the Genie Within: Uncover, Embrace and Celebrate the Real You, there are a number of other ways to tap into your inner genie.