The Secret To Understanding What You Want Most
Journaling is one of those things that people either love or hate. If you're a lover: high-five! If you're a hater: I'm here to convert you. Journaling can be so many things. It's not just a diary where you write your secrets and amateur poetry. It can be a thought log, a volume of lists, or a to organize your thoughts, in whatever way you find useful. Most importantly, journaling is the secret to understanding what you want most.
For me, the best part of regularly journaling is having a record to look back on — which I why I have not one, not two, but five journals. Yes my friends, each of my five journals serves a different purpose and I love them all equally. I know, I know. This is a lot. And it's not for everyone. Which is exactly why I am only suggesting you use this one, powerful way to journal that will bring you scrumptious results.
Staying consistent with this exercise has helped me see patterns in my thoughts and given me clarity on how I want to live. The key word here is consistency. Repeating these journal prompts every day allows you to see beneath the surface of your everyday life and glimpse more into your subconscious (which is steering the boat more than you realize). After a week of using this exercise I stated to recognize what I needed to focus on in my life and what my soul was craving most. Here's how you can get started:
Simply put, this part is listing your gratitudes. It can be anywhere from five to 50 things, but consistently focusing on the things you are grateful for can cause massive shifts in perspective and attitude throughout your day.
This is the part of the journaling exercise where you list what you desire. More than anything, this portion of the practice has opened my eyes to what I really want. Over time you'll begin to notice themes and words popping up over and over. Pay attention to those. You're telling yourself something here. Mine range from "clean house" to "peace and love" to "chocolate," so don't put too much pressure on this to be too serious. The point is to check for underlying feelings, emotions, and ideas. And trust me, these will surface the more you do this exercise.
Now it's time to release anything that isn't serving your greatest good, your best life, or your happiness. Things that show up for me frequently are: judgement, limiting beliefs, fear, my need to be right. Let that junk go! Say bye- bye to all that nonsense even if you need to do it every day in order to make progress in freeing yourself from it.
Finding five minutes to go through these prompts is a powerful way to gain valuable insights into yourself. I truly hope you'll give this journaling exercise a spin and see what you think. You will find value in this after just one week of regularly listing your thank yous, pleases, and good byes. Perhaps, like me, you'll find that keeping it going for months feels good and happy and productive.