Journaling is the simple-but-powerful process of actively reflecting on your thoughts, emotions, and experiences in a recorded format. Later you can review your journals to gain further clarity, and to see the shifts in perspective you've achieved since that time.
In our experience, journaling is far superior to passive reflection, because it allows you to investigate more deeply and to see connections that would otherwise elude you. We'll explain more about why this happens below.
The ultimate goal of journaling is to maximize your self-wisdom.
BROJO's journaling process involves four core activities;
Start by recollecting past experiences, or by investigating your current thoughts and emotions.
The key to make Journaling focused and efficient is to direct your inquiry with the right questions. Questions direct your focus into a particular area of your life.
For example, if you want to develop your emotional intelligence, then some useful questions might include;
To develop your core values, you might investigate;
To enhance your gratitude and appreciation for life;
And you can get deep;
Journaling is not the same as keeping a diary. In a diary, the guiding questions are about capturing memories, e.g. What happened today that was interesting? In journaling, the questions are intended to be much more focused, deep, and directed towards areas you want to challenge and change.
Whether you're journaling on paper, or recording your voice into your phone or a video camera, you are translating your thoughts and feeling into language.
This process seems trivial but it completely changes the way that your emotional and rational minds relate to each other. You've likely seen this before, when you explain something to someone- and in that process you suddenly understand something new that you'd never noticed before.
This effect is a central part of journaling.
Always capture your journaling in a persistent form, on paper or in a digital format such as audio or video.
Capturing your translated reflections does three essential things-
Later, review your journal entries. You will get immense value from this. This is usually when the major breakthroughs happen in your thinking.
Reviewing your Journals;
Experiment with 1 week reviews (e.g. listen to all of your audio journals on Sunday). 1 month reviews. Quarterly reviews, and Yearly reviews.
Why Journaling is Essential to your Growth
Introduction to Journaling [BROJO-U]
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