One of my favorite quotes is “Don’t think it, Ink it.” by Mark Victor Hansen. Clearly, he believes in journaling and writing things down.
This is so wise and insightful because many times we think our dreams, think some amazingly wonderful thoughts and then they drift away. Or, you have agonizing thoughts and feelings that need to go somewhere other than floating around in your head.
So why not write these down? Why not start journaling?
Some of the greatest icons and successful entrepreneurs of our time have a journaling practice.
Tony Robbins. Robin Sharma. Mark Victor Hansen. Dr. Wayne Dyer. Jack Canfield. Louise Hay. Oprah Winfrey. And so many more!
Many of them believe in the power of journaling because journaling is a fantastic way for you to get your thoughts, ideas, and biggest dreams down on paper. It is also a fantastic place for you to share your regrets, anger, frustration, and whatever else comes to mind out on the paper. This is a great way to let things go.
Okay, so journaling might not be your thing. I have heard that from clients before. Or, your might say “I’m not a writer.” You do not have to be a writer to journal. It is a process of getting the thoughts out of your head and onto the paper. It is a release. It is also a way to solidify what you want. Maybe you are afraid people will see your thoughts. Or maybe you’ll say that you don’t have the time to write. Everyone can make time to get their dreams out on paper. Everyone.
Putting your thoughts on paper can make them more real – which can be good if you want to write down the good things. Also, if you’d like to get out your anxieties, your hurt feelings or pain, this is a good way to get it out of your headspace and down on paper so that you can release these feelings and emotions. As stated earlier, this is a great way to let things go. Some people have a hard time sharing their thoughts with loved ones, friends, or family so they write them as a way to get them out of their mind. It can be a great way to tell someone off without actually telling them what you think of them. It can be a way to share your anger, to vent, and then follow up with an entry on forgiveness and offerings of love. The complete cycle of emotions can be journaled and tracked. You can also shred your journal once you have released your emotions. I know of many people who have burning rituals for their journals as well. To each his own.
I’ve had many clients (both psychotherapy and coaching clients) that I would encourage and recommend that they write and keep a journal. This was a healthy way for them to get out there emotions and feel more free from the cycling thoughts. Also, it was a way that they stopped feeling negatively, let go of those thoughts and started to change their thinking by letting things go out on paper. It is also a great way to track goals, desires, and action plans.
Some people talk things out. Some people write things out. It is a matter of perspective, personality, and choice.
Have you journaled for a while or are you hesitant about it? Share your thoughts about journaling or keeping a journal and writing down all of your deepest, darkest thoughts. As always, I love comments and feedback. Please feel free to reach out in the comments below or email me directly.
In love and light,