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“Journaling is kid stuff”, laments one adult during a personal development seminar. He said this loud enough for the rest of the attendees of the seminar to hear. And yet, this is was something he truly felt and could not deny it. What he was about to learn was that personal journaling can help people become better people, realize their dreams, achieve their goals and develop better habits (or kick bad ones).

You can literally write your way to a better you!
You don’t have to be a writer to write a journal. You don’t even have to write if you’re not good in any one language. Pictorial journals are also extremely helpful in helping people develop their skills and achieve their goals. Not only does journaling help people achieve their goals, you can actually use journaling as a stepping stone when you’re trying to overcome a difficult obstacle or get over someone. Some people use journaling to help them get over a divorce, death of a loved one or loss of a job.

Your journal is a your personal confidante who won’t kiss and tell
You can spice up your journal with lots of ideas and inspiring quotes, motivational stories and even write anecdotes and jokes to liven up your spirits. In fact, it is recommended that every time you begin a new entry, you should greet the journal or pretend you’re greeting a very close friend. Writing a greeting is like opening the door to a friend who has just come for a visit in your home. It’s intimate and you’re sharing your thoughts, fears, joys, excitement, and anxiousness with someone (something, in this case) close to you. But of course, your journal will never tell anyone else about what’s in it – unless you leave it somewhere else to be discovered.

Very few people have the strength to resist opening someone else’s journal, so, keep it safely somewhere personal so that no one else will be tempted to open it and read it!

A place to write and remember your goals
A journal is more than just a friend. It is possible for you to use the journal as a place to write down your goals and dreams. In order to most effectively use your journal, write down your short-term and long-term goals in your journal and go through them everyday to remind yourself about what you want to achieve in your life.

Note down the progress you’ve made through your journey, the mistakes you’ve made, the things you’ve done right and your time line. Write down what you want to achieve in six months. In fact, write down the specific date you want to achieve this. Like they always say, there’s nothing like a deadline to give you that extra push.

Finding stuff in your journal
Before you begin writing in your journal, you should leave about 4-5 pages empty at the beginning of the journal. In these 4-5 pages, you’ll be writing your index. The index to your journal will help you find stuff inside your journal so that it will be easy for you, in the future, to refer to the journal for thoughts, ideas and information.

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