In the immortal words of the late Jim Rohn, “A life worth living is a life worth recording.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement.
Journaling is an inartistic part of living your life on purpose and genuinely enables you to grow into and out of your best self. Personally, the art of journaling has empowered me to remain consistently aligned to my purpose.
As many aspiring business owners will know, entrepreneurs walk an often unclear path towards the actualisation of our vision. It’s rarely ever straight, instead filled with twists, turns, and obstacles that need to be overcome.
Often our minds become clouded by the stumbling blocks of the day-to-day and prevent us from designing the future with a clear and constructive mind.
The essence of journaling is taking the chaos of the experiences, reflections and ideas you have in your mind and organising them through paper and pen. There are very few exercises that can create the clarity of mind that journaling provides.
The power of journaling should be harnessed by each and every entrepreneur who wants to live their life as a true expression of themselves.
Here is how journaling can help you grow professionally and personally:
1. When you need a ‘second’ opinion
Often, the simple act of writing down and visualising a problem you need to solve is the most effective way of overcoming it. By committing your options and thoughts to words, the right path becomes clearer and clearer.
Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Steve Pavlina regularly uses this technique to conquer adversity. “I usually begin a new entry by typing a question or problem I want to solve,” he explains in a post on his blog.
“Sometimes I’ll just brainstorm possible solutions, while other times I’ll write about a problem from different angles to understand it more fully. For example, I might ask myself, ‘What’s good about this problem? How might I avoid even needing to solve this problem? What would the optimal solution to this problem have to look like?’”
Trying to solve a complicated issue using just your thoughts alone often leads to an endless circle of ideas that never really reach their full potential.
Journaling gives entrepreneurs the ability to split an obstacle up into easy and digestible components before organising, expanding on, and deciphering them.
2. Becoming more self-aware
Self-awareness begins by identifying your emotions, and the best way to do that is by visualising them through journaling.
This process can help entrepreneurs see experiences from a different perspective and enable us to identify different angles and details that were once hidden.
It gives you the opportunity to step back and explore why you felt the way you did or acted in a certain way. This method of identifying and expressing these emotions is especially empowering for entrepreneurs, as it enables you to move past that hurdle while teaching you how to better develop our behaviour for similar situations in the future.
3. Tracking your growth
Being able to document the daily, monthly or yearly steps you take to achieve your goals is not only an excellent exercise in mindfulness, but also provides you with a record of your evolution.
Your journal is home to your findings, mistakes, and goals, and having them right in front of you not only helps us as entrepreneurs to remember them, but to follow them through.
Successes, methods, and journeys can be easily forgotten, especially when they come in small doses. By writing them down you allow yourself to see and experience the bigger picture while also pinpointing patterns, trends, and improvements.
4. Encouraging creativity
The future does not need to resemble the past. As entrepreneurs, we need to continuously think up new ways of doing things.
Brainstorming may be one of the best ways to innovate, however, we’ve all had those moments where we think of something amazing and we forget it a moment later.
By translating your thoughts into something tangible, you engage in a creative process that allows you to explore new lines of thinking and even greater possibilities.
This technique is called ‘stream of consciousness’ writing. It helps you loosen your creative muscles and get your artistic juices flowing. In other words, it’s one of the supportive pillars of a successful entrepreneur.
5. Overcoming Adversity
The author of Writing to Heal, Dr. James Pennebaker, strongly advocates the use of journaling as a way to overcome emotional, psychological and physical stress. The simple act of expressing your thoughts and feelings on paper during challenging times can untangle you from a maze of trauma.
“We began running experiments where people were asked to write about traumatic experiences for fifteen to twenty minutes a day for three to four consecutive days,” writes Pennebaker.
“Those who wrote about trauma evidenced improved physical health. Later studies found that emotional writing boosted immune function, brought about drops in blood pressure, and reduced feelings of depression and elevated daily moods,” he writes.
“The mere act of translating emotional upheavals into words is consistently associated with improvements in physical and mental health.”
All things considered,…
The importance of committing your goals to paper and exploring your deepest emotions cannot be understated as an entrepreneur. Journaling subconsciously encourages you to think about the whys and the hows, giving you the opportunity to clearly define the path you need to create in order to achieve your life’s best work. Simply by telling your story, you can unlock the closed doors in the depths of your consciousness and enable yourself to grow into and out of your best self. The creation of that intense mindfulness has the amazing power to call a wandering mind to attention and galvanise you to actively engage your thoughts.
Given my passion for journaling and its ability to empower entrepreneurs, creating a specially designed guide for innovators and entrepreneurs was a natural progression.
The Purpose Journal Kickstarter campaign is now live! This journal will enable you to express your truest thoughts and realign yourself with your higher purpose.