At last night’s Meet-Up group, I presented a couple of different ways to use our journaling as a coaching tool. When we use pen and paper, they become an extension of our creative inspiration and a gateway for us to process our emotions and thoughts in ways that enable us to discover our own patterns of behavior, habitual thinking, the ways we react and also our dearest wishes and longings. From this we can discover and clarify our desires and goals and write them down in visionary statements and affirmations. There are two basic areas of journaling, which of course can be done both in a notebook and on a computer:
By writing down what we have done, seen, heard, felt and thought, we can release ourselves from the burden of stress and enable an honest sharing of our innermost perception to surface for:
* Letters to ourselves and others
CREATING OUR FUTURE
By focusing on what we would like to create and become we can use a diary for:
* Assessments (strengths, weaknesses, skills, wishes etc)
What we do write tend to increase when we are doing it without expectations, such as writing down what we are grateful for regularly will naturally increase our awareness so that we will notice more things to become grateful for, which we also will attract. But if we use self-help tools in a calculating manner, it will instead produce a resistance and widening the gap between where we are and where we want to be in life, apart from the conditions we are living under. However this resistance can also prove to enable us new areas and ways to improve. For example if we choose a positive statement as an affirmation, such as “I am successful” and instead feel that we are not, we can be coached (or ask ourselves) to see what lies behind it, such as finding out that by success we must feel that we have money. This in turn, changes the affirmation to “I always have enough.” which produces a different set of relaxing emotions which in turn enable us to receive more.
And of course you can use both words, images, clippings, mindmaps, quotes, notes and illustrations as your means of expression. I got my first diary when I was 7 years old…
Which do you prefer? What happens if you write in your second language? How does your story change over time? And do you write in a certain way because you think how it should be done, to be approved by yourself and others?
The only truth is present in our hearts.