The reason that humans are more evolved and separate from something even as similar as the chimpanzee is our ability for both written and vocal communication.
In fact, our ability to the journal has been one of the greatest ways we have recorded scripture and history as it unfolds.
Looking at the lives of Seneca, Marcus Arieulus and so many more, we see an art, more specifically the art of journaling. Although today it is being neglected and forgotten by our hectic fast-paced society.
Let’s dive into a few different means anyone can use, to journal for the utmost benefits.
Journaling to Clear Your Mind
Let’s start off with one of the easiest and most useful ways to start journaling.
To clear your mind of all of its crazy thoughts.
Maybe you are over thinking, planning your schedule for the next day, getting anxious about something that may happen, or playing out some fantastical scenario once again.
Although, it could be interfering with your sleep, mood and even your social life.
What do we do about this?
One of the easiest ways to forego or rid your mind of the chaotic flurry of thoughts is via journaling.
Try out what Tim Ferriss loves to do, morning writing.
Sit down and spend 10 minutes clearing your mind of all of the ridiculous and amazing thoughts that your ingenuity comes up with.
Here’re a couple of different times that are mentally throwing up all over paper works:
- When you can’t fall asleep
- Anytime you feel anxious or nervous
- Those times when you seriously wished you would have said something but didn’t, and it’s eating you alive
- When you need to spark creativity.
Another fantastic recommendation, especially for writers or anyone needed to sit down and write with creativity is following Julia Cameron’s three morning pages.
She uses this to spark creativity and get the juices flowing early in the morning which is a skill a lot of us need to master.
Journaling For Gratitude
The second way to use journaling throughout your day is for gratitude.
I use my journaling every day to be thankful for what I have, where I am going and what I will have in the future.
Gratitude not only de-stresses you and has many physiological benefits that rival meditation and even eating healthily, but it allows you to reclaim your mind.
Being stuck in a toxic mind loop where you constantly feel as if the walls are caving in sucks, but by simply reminding yourself of what you have this mindset can effortlessly be turned around.
I have use a simple tool called the 5-minute journal for effortlessly implanting gratitude into my daily routine and it works fantastically.
Although, you can do just about anything.
As a broad guidelines try journaling three things you are grateful for in the morning after waking and before bed.
Journaling For Goals and Success
One of the biggest and most important reasons to the journal is to record goals and the action steps one will be taking to achieve them.
In fact, with the fundamental of Heightened living focusing on goals is so important.
Lacking this area discounts most effort to change simply because what’s not in print normally fades from the mind.
Now there are possibly a million different ways to write down and succeed in achieving your goals on paper, but here are three methods I recommend.
1. Write Down You 1 Year, 5 Year and Lifetime Goals
Writing down your goals for 1, 5 and the rest of your life helps you see your primary drives when it comes to life.
I like to write my goals in health, wealth, social, travel, family, relationships and just about everything else I can think of for each of these time periods.
And as Tony Robbins says “Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in one year, but underestimate what they can achieve in 5 years.”
Sit down and think about your goals and how you can truly achieve them.
2. Clearly Write Down Your Biggest Drivers and Goals
This is key to knowing why you tick and how you can best utilize your drives.
Another key point that Tony Robbins and most other successful people make is that finding out you’re why and what you truly want should fill you with boundless energy and the passion for fighting for what you need.
This is where writing down your goals articulately and properly comes down.
It truly needs to be something that motivates you; maybe that is a Lamborghini or a brand new house, ending world hunger or building a multi-million dollar business.
No matter what it is, it should be something that makes everything else more bearable because you know what you want to do.
As Jason Capital says “It’s your high-status path.”
Find it and follow it.
3. Write Down How You Will Be When You Achieved Your Goals, Everyday
Something that I love to perform is visualization.
If you’ve ever tried any visualization, then you know that it can help you not only see and feel the success, but often times find the path and keep the dream alive as well.
Another amazing way to perform this type of thought is via journaling.
Journaling your success and writing as if you had already achieved them is a pretty awesome way to get into the mindset of what you want/need to be like when you are successful.
Often your mind state and view of yourself can hold you back, essentially becoming a self-limiting factor, but picturing yourself successful and writing everything down can lead to a better view of oneself and break down the barriers holding you back.
Every morning I write down “I am the type of person that….” and it goes on from there.
Journaling To Record One’s Life and History
The last way that I typically enjoy journaling and many of our histories greatest figures have, is through recording one’s life events.
No, it doesn’t have to be a diary.
Although, looking at something as simple as Seneca’s letters to luscious demonstrate the value put behind recording daily thoughts and the history what has happened around one.
If you’re reading this right now then you are probably part of the Heightened living community, and with that going to achieve great things.
Why not write your book?
Yes, it’s cool to have someone create a biography of you like Walter Isaacson did for Benjamin Franklin, but I think it is much cooler to have it documented through the eyes of the actual doer.
Leaving me to the point of recording history as it unfolds.
100,000 years from now, you may be the one who laid the groundwork for our societal understanding of the past.
Bonus: Dream Journaling For Lucidity While Unconscious
One last thing I wanted to include in this post is dream journaling.
While I don’t talk about it much in the main guide of the hormonal sleep solution, I will be going into it in the bonus dream guide.
Putting your dreams down on paper does a couple of amazing things.
- It allows you to analyze what your unconscious mind is dreaming up
- Recording dreams makes it easier to remember dreams continually, thus leaving you dreaming more often (or at least mentally remembering them more often)
- By recording dreams and re-reading them, you can to analyze trends and then while you dream you may realize it is a dream and begin lucidity.
Journaling your dreams proves to be a lot of fun.
Although, as well all know our dreams can be wacky and crazy so you probably don’t want to make them public.
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Originally published at heightenedliving.com on October 26, 2016.