This is how journaling can make your life more meaningful.
On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about the 4 Ways that keeping a personal journal can add more joy and meaning to your life.
Joy and meaning…Joy and meaning. Hmmn. Now let’s see Success Smoothie Scholar, would you like more joy and meaning in your life? Would you? Would you? (Chuckle), Oh well don’t bother answering, I’m very certain you would, I mean who wouldn’t right?
If you’re like most people, even though you don’t say it often, you’re constantly in a pursuit of more joy and meaning in your life. Many of our major life’s choices have been and will be driven by our desire to have more joy and meaning in our lives. Yet, there’s one super helpful habit that would really help us fulfil our deep-seated desire for more joy and meaning in our lives, that many of us aren’t engaging in – and that’s the habit of keeping a personal journal.
Now a personal journal also referred to as a diary, is a private written record of your thoughts, feelings, ideas and observations. It’s the precious book or special file on your digital device, where you take the time to pour out your thoughts, hopes, dreams, plans, feelings, observations and key learning points from your day to day experiences.
It’s very important to note here that your personal journal isn’t the note pad you take with you to church or conferences and meetings and into which you take notes of what others are saying to you.
Nah, nah, nah.
Your personal journal is a private notebook where you share your own thoughts, your own learnings, your own convictions about the things others said to you or that you observed as you went about your life.
Some people keep different journals for different purposes like they have a travel journal, a prayer journal, a gratitude journal and a research journal- for instance. While others, like myself, have one medium to large, pretty looking hardcover notebook/diary in which we record EVERYTHING.
Research into the lives of successful people of all ages, all over the world shows that a large percentage of them kept or keep one form of a journal or the other- Leonardo Da Vinci recorded his ideas, inventions, art and observation in tens of thousands of pages over his lifetime, same thing with Albert Einstein, Bishop David Oyedepo, Darren Hardy, Oprah Winfrey, you name it.
Hence, if you’re serious about living a truly rich and fulfilling life, journaling isn’t a nice to do. It’s a must – really it is. But lest I get ahead of myself, let’s dive right into the 4 ways journaling helps you to live a more meaningful life:
1. Journaling/writing clarifies our thinking and sharpens our focus: One key to living a meaningful life is having a clear sense of purpose that pushes us to focus our time and attention on the things that truly matter such as faith, health, relationships, personal growth, professional growth and making a positive contribution in the lives of others. When we take the time to journal regularly, the habit of writing down our plans, thoughts, ideas, feeling and observations forces us to:
i. Clarify our thinking which in turn helps us maintain our focus on the things that are really important.
ii. Clears our mind of pent up feelings and frustrations that would otherwise leave us feeling overwhelmed and unhappy.
I mean, you may have noticed it in your own life, you have all these ideas in your head and you think you know exactly what you want to say, only thing is, when you try to write it all down, you find yourself searching for the right words with which to express the feelings or ideas you have burning inside of you. And then when you finally find the right words to express your thoughts, you h
2. Keeping a personal journal helps you preserve your ideas, thoughts and experiences: Ever heard of the saying “The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory?” Oh well, that saying is true.
By recording important information outside of your brain, you not only free it up to do more creative thinking, you also make it easier for you to recall these ideas, thoughts, feelings and experiences. We all know that most of our memories fade with time. But not only that, our memories also get distorted with time.
However, when we record important ideas and experiences in the moment or shortly after they happen, the information is more accurate and it’s easier to refer to it later on. Those same writings can then become essays, articles, books, form essential material for your biography- when you get around to writing one or simply be a great gift to pass on to your children who can pass it on to their children, thus preserving accurate and real accounts of what it was to live your life, when you did and how you did – in a way that photos and spur of the moment videos, can’t.
3. When you keep a journal, it can serve as a basis with which to objectively assess your own life so that you can better learn from your own past experiences:
I’ll give you a personal example here. So earlier this year, I decided to go over my journals from 2017 till 2019. And I mean I was pleasantly surprised at some of the really great ideas I had written in there but had forgotten and of course had not implemented. But one key thing I also noticed, was in 2019, I didn’t record my feelings as much as I did in 2017. And somehow, just looking over my journals I was learning more about myself than any person could tell me about “myself.”
So there and then, I decided, I was going to be more in-tune with my emotions in 2020 and would be more intentional about recording them so I can be reminded of more aspects of my past asides just my plans and ideas.
Your journal can help you do the same in your own life. Looking back, evaluating what worked in the past and what didn’t can better help you prepare for the future. But if you don’t journal, you’re not going to have enough of that kind of personal, in-depth information about yourself to look over and review.
4. Looking over your journals can help reenergize you to pursue your goals on the days when circumstances seem not to want to respond in your favor: Our memories usually fail us, it’s so easy for us to forget how many times we’ve won in the past when were currently being dealt hard punches in the present. But when we have a journal into which we’ve been diligently recording our wins and testimonies, it’s a lot easier to flip through them and be reminded that we’ve overcome maybe even more difficult situations than that which we’re currently facing, and as such be reenergize to go again at otherwise daunting tasks.
So, before I call quits on today’s episode of the show, allow me to do a quick recap of the 4 ways journaling can add more joy and meaning to your life:
- Journaling/writing clarifies our thinking and sharpens our focus
- Keeping a personal journal helps you preserve your ideas, thoughts and experiences
- When you keep a journal, it can serve as a basis with which to objectively assess your own life so that you can better learn from your own past experiences
- Looking over your journals can help reenergize you to pursue your goals on the days when circumstances seem not to want to respond in your favor
There you have it scholars, I trust you got a tonne of value from this episode. If you did, please go ahead and share it with your friends. And don’t forget to get your own journal and make your first entry about
“what you really thought about today’s episode of the show. Was it fun? Was it informative? Were there ideas that came to mind that I didn’t mention?”
Answer these questions and write them all down in your journal. That’s your assignment on today’s episode so get going and don’t procrastinate.
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Finally, thank you so much for being here. And as you live your life, do remember to make the most of where you are on the way to where you’re going. Cheers