Personal Growth

Growth Strategy #21: Intentional Journaling

Personal Growth

Growth Strategy #21: Intentional Journaling

Personal Growth

Growth Strategy #21: Intentional Journaling

22 Oct 2023

It's no secret that I am a fan of journaling and have experienced first-hand the transformative effects of getting thoughts, ideas and feelings out of my head and onto a page.

I realised the true power of journaling after finding a journal that was five years old and seeing that I had achieved most of the goals I had written about, even though I had forgotten them. It was a proud moment and one that would lead me to invest more time and energy into the practice.

Good for: Being intentional about each day, increasing clarity and focus.

Best used by: You

Journaling has been used for centuries as a way to capture thoughts, ideas, and feelings. I micro-journal which takes no longer than 5 minutes as a brief and intentional practice that is more than expressing what I am thinking and feeling, it provides an opportunity for self-reflection and also allows me to be more intentional about each day.

Being intentional

We have all heard that setting goals is an essential part of personal growth, but it's the intentional action that propels us forward. Journaling can be a powerful tool for aligning our actions with our goals and maintaining focus on the journey ahead.

When we harness the power of intention, we tap into the infinite possibilities and potential that reside within us. - Wayne Dyer

Being intentional means acting with purpose, awareness, and conscious decision-making. It involves aligning your thoughts, actions, and choices with your values, goals, and priorities.

When you live with intention, you have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve and why it matters to you. Being intentional allows you to direct your energy and focus towards the things that truly matter, rather than being driven by external circumstances or living on autopilot.

Some believe that intentional action is the key to transforming goals into reality. By incorporating journaling into your daily routine, you can stay focused, motivated, and accountable as you work towards your goals.

Intentional Journaling

  1. Gain clarity about what you want to accomplish, the values you want to embody, and the kind of life you want to live. In your journal, reflect on your aspirations, desires, and purpose, and define your own path rather than following others' expectations.

  2. Conscious decision-making involves considering the potential consequences and aligning your choices with your values and long-term goals. Instead of reacting impulsively or going with the flow, journal about how to respond to situations and take actions that move you closer to your desired outcomes.

  3. Focus your attention and energy on what truly matters to you. When journaling identify your priorities and dedicate time and resources to them. By setting clear boundaries and saying "no" to activities or commitments that don't align with your goals, you create space for the things that are most important to you.

  4. Mindfulness helps you to be more present in each moment being aware of your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Journaling can help you stay present, so you make deliberate choices and respond consciously to the opportunities and challenges that arise.

  5. Take personal responsibility for your choices and actions to recognise that you have the power to shape your own life and make a positive impact. Instead of blaming external circumstances or others for your situation, you proactively take ownership.

Being intentional can empower you to live authentically, make choices that align with your values, and create a meaningful and fulfilling life.

On the flip side, when someone is not intentional, can lead to a variety of challenges and consequences such as having a lack of direction and focus, drifting or aimlessly, being reactive and responding to demands, regret and missed opportunities etc.

My Intentional Journal Checklist:

  • Set aside 5 minutes of uninterrupted time for journaling. I usually do this before I get out of bed, as I am in a quiet and comfortable space where I can focus.

  • I have set questions to assist me with reflecting on my intentions for the day ahead. I use Reevew for this.

  • The questions help me to check in on my well-being, identify goals, actions and priorities, express gratitude etc.

  • I choose a mantra or affirmation for the day to uplift and motivate myself.

  • I then go about my day confidently, knowing my intentions are clear and set.

  • Sometimes I complete an evening journal to review my day, this helps me to stay even more accountable.

Remember, the purpose of this practice is to cultivate intention, self-awareness, and personal growth. Customise the checklist to fit your specific needs and preferences, and feel free to adjust it as you see fit.

The results

Intentional journaling has helped to bring focus, clarity, and direction, helping me to maintain a clear sense of purpose and stay aligned with my core values.

By regularly identifying the actions I am going to take, I maintain momentum and make micro-gains, towards bigger goals and my lofty vision.

During challenging times, when obstacles arise or when doubts have crept in, my journal became my confidant and sounding board, allowing me to tap into my creativity and problem-solving skills, leading to breakthrough moments.

Intentional journaling plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. I reflect on my well-being, identifying areas where I needed to prioritize self-care and make adjustments to avoid burnout.

Today, I'm proud to say that my intentional journaling practice has helped me achieve several significant milestones in my work and business and continues to be a fundamental practice in my entrepreneurial journey.

Thank you for reading.


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