If you’ve been online for any length of time, you know that talk of journaling comes up in conversations quite frequently.

Not only is it a great way to organize your thoughts and to work out difficult problems, it’s also a great way to focus on exactly what you want out of life.

You only get one life! YOU are in charge of making it the BEST life. If YOU are unhappy with your results, journaling can help you discover what you truly want and how to achieve those desires.

Journaling is not ‘woo woo’ or meant only for those who are already deeply in tune with their inner self.

Absolutely anyone can journal. Everyone is unique and will derive a different benefit from the practice.

For example:

  • A small business owner can map out how to grow her business and income
  • A college student can map out what kind of career she wants to pursue that aligns with her interests.
  • Newlyweds can compare journals to choose where to live and what types of jobs pique their interest.
  • Retirees can journal about their bucket list adventures.
  • Adventurous families can plan their world travels while homeschooling the kids.
  • A budding author can use journaling to map out their story arc.
  • Teens or young adults can use journaling to record family history and stories from their elders.

This is just a small fraction of examples of how you can use journaling to clarify important life questions.

In order to get the most out of your journaling experience, let’s answer some questions. Answering these questions will give you an opportunity to clarify for yourself WHY you want to journal and what you hope to gain from this routine.

Get ready because you’ll be asking yourself WHY a lot! The deeper you dig for answers, the more meaningful your journaling becomes.

It’s time to get planning!

STEP ONE: Create a journal that sparks amazement and deepens your soul.

Everyone’s journaling experience is vastly different. That’s why the deeper you dive into your psyche and identify what you really want in life, the more exciting journaling becomes.

There is no right or wrong way to journal. Some people like to just keep track of their workday and others have separate journals for their gratitude, finances, and health.

The key is to get excited and be consistent. The best way to get excited about journaling is to figure out WHY you’re doing it in the first place.

However, don’t just settle for the surface level answers. Deep dive into your reasons for starting a journal. The deeper you go, the more important the journaling process becomes.

Here are a few questions to get you started thinking about your WHY.

  1. Why do you want to journal? WHY? (dig deeper)
  2. What do you hope to get out of it? WHY? (dig deeper)
  3. What do you want to accomplish? WHY? (dig deeper)
  4. Brainstorm your ideal journaling outcomes.
  5. Brainstorm the benefits you’ll receive from journaling.

STEP TWO: Breakthroughs happen when you desire change – Your time is now!

Living with intention means paying attention to all your decisions and not rushing into things. I’m sure you can think of dozens of examples where you rushed into something only to regret the decision later.

Journaling helps you become more intentional because there’s a purpose for you to open up your journal and write.

It allows you to live in the moment so your thoughts, dreams and feelings can travel from your brain onto a journal page.

When you develop a consistent journaling habit, you will start to see common themes pop up. By giving yourself this quiet time to explore your feelings, you’ll discover breakthroughs that can literally change your life. I know it did for me.

Once you start to see positive changes, you’ll be more excited to continue journaling and live your life intentionally.

Ask yourself the following questions to get a good understanding of where you are right now.

  1. Describe yourself and your life in detail. What do you like or dislike? Do you feel fulfilled? Are you happy? Why or why not?
  2. Finances, family relationships, material stress, and career woes are common roadblocks to happiness and success. Dig deep and identify why you aren’t ecstatic with your life; what’s holding you back from that dream?
  3. In a perfect world, who would you be? What career would you have? What would you do in your free time? What would your daily life look like in this perfect world?
  4. How will journaling enhance your daily life and your mindset?

STEP THREE: Here’s how to begin living with intention & create a life by design.

We all have feelings and opinions about life. Exploring these feelings through journaling is a great way to figure out where they come from and how they can be used to create your ideal life.

Instead of wallowing in how to escape your feelings, let’s dive into more positive self-discovery to help you deal with your emotions.

Let’s start by discovering your relationship with money. Use these journal prompts to discover your limiting beliefs, break through them, and bring in more money.

  1. Describe your relationship with money.
  2. What did you learn as a child about money?
  3. What is your first memory about money? Why is it memorable?
  4. Choose 5 words to describe your attitude about money.
  5. What financial advice would you give to yourself 5 years ago?
  6. What does it mean to “not have enough money”?
  7. What does it mean to have “too much” money?
  8. What is your biggest fear about money?
  9. If you have made money mistakes in the past, what lessons did you learn?
  10. What’s one thing you can do today to improve your financial future?

How do you feel? My hope is that these prompts have inspired you to dig deep.

Hopefully you’ve discovered a few new things about yourself and have a new appreciation for who you are, what you’ve done in life and (best of all) what you’re capable of!

Want more? Here are a few other ways to use these prompts:

  1. Go through them in one sitting. Revisit them at a later date. You might be surprised at what comes up when you’re in a different head (or physical) space.
  2. Use the prompts daily for 30 days. Another way you can use these prompts is to go through them each morning for one month. Challenge yourself to come up with fresh answers everyday.

About Katherine Kuhn

After a successful 20+ year career as an HR Professional, I discovered that success-on-paper was not all that it's cracked up to be. This a-ha realization launched me on a path to discovering my true life purpose and ultimate happiness. After receiving my Life Coach Certification, I became fully committed to helping my clients break the cycle of people-pleasing, begin advocating for themselves, and finally stop feeling guilty for living a life of true joy, happiness and fulfillment.

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