#SelfCareSundays: Journaling Your Way Into A Better 2018

As 2018 quickly approaches us, setting the right goals and mindset for the year to come is quite important. Aligning yourself with goals is easier said than done, but seeing it on paper will help formulate a plan to accomplishing them. In fact, writing down your goals can open you to both consciousness and ideas from your subconscious part of mind. By clarifying your thoughts and emotions towards the goal, you will quickly get back in touch with your internal world.

Did you know that journaling dates back to as far as the 10th century Japan? Many centuries later, exceptional leaders such as, John D.Rockefeller, Ben Franklin and Winston Churchill all kept journals. By keeping a journal of their thoughts, events, ideas and chronicling critical decisions, all of the men improved their decision making, enhanced their intentions and increased their positive reinforcement. Journaling your goals and plans daily can increase the odds of you achieving them. By taking twenty minutes a day, to write about your goals, you are subconsciously strategizing a plan.

Think of your list of goals as a map or GPS. Of course, your destination is the goal that you want to reach and your list is how to get there. With small and do-able steps, your goals will become effective targets as oppose to unclear desires.  Also by journaling your goals, it allows you to keep record of your progress. The ups and downs and both of your successes and failures. Whenever you start to feel unmotivated to go forward with your goals, it is a good idea to go back to your journal and look at your progress. You will notice how far you’ve come and how far you have left to go. However, if you have several unsuccessful attempts at a specific goal, by looking back at what haven’t work, you can come up with different approaches which could work.

Here’s a list of essentials needed in order to get started:

  1. Major Goals: A major goal is a specific goal that you want to see achieved. By being clear on your intentions, you draw both motivation and the focus need to create the specifics of your minor goals.
  2. Minor Goals: Minor goals is a list of tasks to do in order to achieve your major goals. When you are clear on what your goal is to begin with, the minor goals will become easy to follow. Most people have plans and desires, but no way of getting it out of their heads. The minor goals will help you strategize on the right methods to get what you want.
  3. Schedule: Scheduling your goal is extremely important, especially if you are prone to procrastination. When we believe in our minds that we have plenty of time to do something, sometimes it never gets done. With all of your minor goals set with deadlines, you will have a good idea on the estimated time of completion.

In conclusion, journaling your goals can function as a personal coach to you in the new year. As a personal coach holds you accountable of your actions or lack thereof, and pushes you harder than you would yourself. Although, a journal can’t bring outside resources like a person could, it will help facilitate your desires and skills into goals. It will also help identify what you really want and be in your life. I hope this information helps you ring in the best year of your life. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Happy New Year.

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A big believer in the advancement of the culture, Megan Ambers supports celebrating the trailblazers in the game. Prior to starting her own pop culture website, Megan worked a number of years as both a staff writer and Public Relations specialist. It's time to push society forward and embrace a new way of thinking.

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