Do you journal?
You probably do, or at least you have before if you decided to check out this blog post and read a little further.
Journaling is an amazingly powerful transformational tool, but most of us aren’t using it to its potential.
Do you use journaling to work out your feelings? To talk things through with yourself, to gain perspective? Do you write about your hopes and dreams?
In my early years, I used journaling to write about all the negative stuff that was happening. I wrote about the stuff I didn’t feel I could express out loud. I wrote out my feelings of anger and sadness, mostly, and that was fine. Sometimes it actually helped. Other times, I ended up going in circles and really just perpetuating the negativity.
Bottom line: I didn’t know any better.
Now I do.
And now that I know better, I do better!
These days, I mostly write about what I want. I write about what’s working. I write to affirm and strengthen my purpose, my focus and my faith. I write evidence that things are working out for me.
I write this way because here are two things I know for sure:
- You get more of what you focus on
- There’s so much power in the written word
For these reasons, it’s important to ask the right questions.
When we continually write things like, “why is this happening to me?” If the universe is answering our question (which it always is), then what will it be showing us? That’s right – it’s showing us more evidence of WHY this is happening. In the moment we ask the question, we are calling in more of the same stuff we don’t want from the universe!
We are working against ourselves.
So, let’s stop doing that.
Who’s with me?
What to do instead?
First of all, I’m not advocating that you deny your feelings or just fake being happy all the time. I am a big fan of feeling ALL the feelings. I believe they are here for a purpose. Once you really allow yourself to feel the feelings as they arise, you’ll find they aren’t as bad as you fear they might be. (This is a great topic for a future blog, so I’m making a mental note now.)
But this article is about journaling. And there’s power in the focus and the words we are writing.
Instead of asking “Why is this happening to me?” Try asking, “How will I pull myself out of this and come out better and stronger than before?” Or, even, how will I survive this?” Do you see how that is a better question? Because you’re asking for solutions that can help, not putting in your order for more of the same. Or try, “What is the silver lining here?” Or, if this is happening for me, then what can I learn from it?”
And, taking it one step further, here are a few journal prompts I use to get the positive vibes going:
What do I really, really want?
Why do I want it?
Dig a little deeper and ask a couple more times – and why do I want that?
How will I feel once I have it?
What will I do with it?
And, keep going if you want things to get really good.
Who do I have to BE so that it comes to me easily?
What kind of person naturally has this thing that I want so much?
How can I step into being this person now?
Just writing out these questions makes me excited for you!
This is such good stuff.
We get more of what we give our attention to, so imagine the power of spending this time of focus every single day on what it is you want!
Yes, do it every day. Or as often as you can. You don’t have to run through ALL the questions every single day, but get a taste and start writing, set a timer even for 5 minutes and stay in the feeling place and just let yourself daydream and write.
You’re going to have so much fun!
Here’s the key with all of this.
Here is the key – please do not miss this part:
As you are writing, you must be connecting emotionally with what you’re putting on the paper!
You’re going to spend five or ten or fifteen minutes in the feeling place of actually having what you want and feeling like you’re the kind of person who already has it.
If you find that this is not your experience and negative stuff is coming up, then, redirect yourself to something that feels better.
If you have any questions once you start this, I want you to reach out to me and ask and I will talk you through it. This is too important to skip.
This type of journaling is responsible for so much change in my life and in the lives of my clients, I simply can’t promote it enough. But you have to try it for yourself in order to realize the benefits. Let me know how it’s going! Send me an update!
You can do that by replying to this blog, or message me in our Free Facebook group – Meant for More!
PS – In case you’re wondering: if we’re writing all this positive stuff now, what do we do with the negativity that still needs to come out?
I have more prompts for that in another blog post I wrote. It is about releasing on the full moon, but anytime is a good time to release stuff that no longer serves you! You don’t even have to read the whole thing – skip down to practices one and two!