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  • Nia Strothers

How Journaling Can Lead to Greater Success

Journaling is a powerful tool that can be used to increase success. When you write down your ideas or goals, they feel more real. You can see them, and touch them, and they begin to seem more attainable and less overwhelming. No matter what goal you are looking to achieve, you must create a road map for yourself, and that road map should consist of organized ideas about when and how you are going to achieve your goals. For me, I use journaling as a way to organize my visions for my future. I write things down to keep myself from losing focus. Several times a week, I make written updates about what I have accomplished, and determine whether or not I have moved closer to achieving my personal goals. If I didn't journal I would be wandering aimlessly through life HOPING the steps I take each day are leading me in the right direction. I wouldn't be taking the time to really evaluate my own actions. Here are 3 reasons why journaling can lead to increased success:

1. Journaling keeps you on track. When you provide yourself with written updates about your goals and accomplishments, it is easier to identify where there is room for improvement. We oftentimes veer off from our original aspirations without realizing it due to distractions and lack of planning. Plan out where you want to go and how you want to get there by journaling about your visions! 2. Journaling helps you recall important thoughts you might have forgotten about. I can't tell you how many times I've randomly thought to myself, "What was it I said I wanted to do?" OR "What was that great Idea I had yesterday?" Giving myself time dedicated to self-reflection each day allows me to get all of my daily thoughts down on paper. This way I can go back and look at them if I need to re-visit something I thought about days or weeks later. 3. Journaling helps you break your visions down into 'mini goals.' It's very important to break your long-term goals down into smaller short-term goals you can achieve over time as you climb the ladder of success in your life. Yes, one day I hope to earn my PH.D, but before I reach that goal, I have to accomplish earning my bachelors degree and my masters' degree first. It's hard to effectively break down your goals unless you get them recorded on paper.

I hope you see the value in writing things down to make for increased success. It's so easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of confusion and anxiety about 'what's next' when you can't really figure out what direction you want to go in. Journaling can eliminate these types of worry.


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