Do you keep a motivational journal?
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Do you keep a motivational journal?

Do you keep a motivational journal? Keeping a motivation journal can help you in so many ways. If you’ve ever kept a diary or any other journal you know what it’s like to make this sort of commitment.

Making daily entries into your journal is like talking to a friend. In a sense, your journal is your friend that you can tell anything and always know it’s confidential. If you’re concerned about anonymity don’t put your name in it.

A motivational journal will help you think positively and creatively. It will help you develop new skills and increase confidence as these skills evolve. By writing your activities down, you crystallize your thinking and your goals. This will allow you to act with greater self-understanding.

As you discover yourself, you may become aware of things that need change. You may also discover that you’re a pretty wonderful person. By keeping a motivational journal, you can set goals and map a path to accomplish those goals.

Set realistic goals with attainable increments. These should contain specific objectives with a time frame and deadlines. Otherwise,  you could find yourself floundering endlessly and never making any noticeable progress.

This may be a good time for you to list your goals. Where do you see yourself in five or ten years? Your goals may relate to family, career, academia, relationships, lifestyle, social, athletic, or whatever else you can think of. Again, it’s critical that you be specific. For instance, what grade average do you want to maintain, how far do you want to run, or how much weight do you want to lose?

A journal enables us to see what we’re doing, thinking, and feeling on matters that support our motivation. It’s almost like seeing yourself through another person’s eyes. You discover what’s going on inside your head when you write them down.

Your thoughts, attitudes and goals become clearer when you can actually see them on paper. This shows what’s really important to you and helps you to maintain a positive attitude.

Write down your successes and your failures. By doing this, you can analyze what went wrong and what went right. You can learn what lifted you to success and what gave you the motivation to do it. You also learn what lowers your motivation and what’s preventing you from succeeding.

Make it fun and something you look forward to each evening when you make your entry. The journal can be simply written on any paper or you might enjoy purchasing a colorful journal with pictures that you can associate with your goals.

As you write in your journal, you’ll feel empowered to take charge of your life. Do you keep a motivational journal? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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