Top 10 Miraculous Benefits
a Personal Journal
In earlier generations it was common to keep a diary or personal journal.
Today few people do it, and very few recognize the value and astonishing power
of keeping a journal. If you can read and write, you have access to
the most amazing source of personal power and magic! Try it for 30
days and watch it transform your life! Clients periodically tell me
they couldn't possibly find the time. I ask them to try it for 30
days. Then clients often tell me they couldn't possibly live without
the power of their journals. The following are my list of the top 10
reasons to keep a journal.
- A journal will clarify your goals. As you write a few
thoughts each day, your ideas about what is important, what is worthy of
your life and your time will become much clearer. You'll
automatically discover what you really want in life.
- A journal will simplify your life. Spending as little as 10
minutes with pen and paper describing your values, noting your achievements
and giving thanks for the joys of life, will make you less tolerant of
life's distractions. Things become much simpler when you write
- A journal will strengthen your relationships. It will
give you time and the words to express your feelings, it will help you
understand and be patient with your loved one's peccadilloes, and it will
teach you to love more powerfully.
- A journal will make you more attractive. Socrates said,
"Know thyself." Keeping a journal will help you know
yourself and express yourself more clearly, and that is amazingly
- A journal will empower you. Thinking with pen and paper
forces you to eliminate fuzzy or confusing images and "laser" in
on precisely the right word, the most powerful image to express
yourself. Keeping a journal will make you more a better
communicator, and that can make you rich!
- A journal will eliminate temptation. Some ideas sounds great
in our imagination, but when written on paper they just aren't the
same! It's easy to blurt out "I hate my job!", but
writing about what it means to quit, change careers and start over will
quickly result in one of two things: The temptation will go
away, or you'll start generating actual plans to make your life
better. Either way, you win!
- A journal affirms the reality of your life. Writing about
life adds meaning and power. Journal your child's first steps or first
tooth, starting school, her first date and high school graduation adds
substance to these things. A friend of mine just became a
grandfather for the first time and gave his son, the proud father, a fat
3-ring binder of notes he'd written as he'd watched his baby boy grow 25
years ago. Together they cried and laughed at the reality that
life is a sacred, wonderful thing.
- A journal helps you be quiet. Journalizing has been called a
form of meditation. It has a similar power to quiet the mind and
focus your thoughts. It even has the power to turn off the
TV! It can heal anxiety, change your breathing and make you
smile. What more could you ask?
- A journal helps you speak out. Many of my articles, letters
to the local paper, and letters to friends began as notes in my journal.
A journal helps ideas become words, and it provides a nursery for words to
grow into sentences and paragraphs, until finally they need a stage on which
to express themselves. Sometimes that "stage" is a
candle-lit dinner, other times it's a protest sign or a letter to an old
friend. Whatever form it takes, many of those messages would
never have been born without the safety of a journal in which to grow.
- Finally, a journal just feels good! Using quality paper and a
fountain pen or other a beautiful instrument with just the right
"heft" and feel is a wonderfully sensuous, delightful
experience. It will cheer you up, reduce your stress, make you
smile and add to your life. Who knows, it may even improve your
sex life or make you more patient with the kids! (Well, it
--By Dr Philip E. Humbert, author, speaker and personal success coach. Dr
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