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5 Journaling Questions To Ask Yourself Before 2020 Ends

Don’t miss the lessons – journaling now can help you prepare for 2021

“While our minds may want to quickly move on and out of 2020, our hearts know that every moment is precious – even the overwhelming ones.

As we enter the festive month, with many expats unable to return to their home countries or see family because of the ongoing pandemic, figuring out how to deal with what is sure to be the strangest holiday season of our lifetimes can seem rather daunting. But there is something we can do, that’s totally free and takes very little time to help center ourselves and ensure we’ve learned the lessons this year had to teach us – undertake a little end of year journaling reflection.

You may never have done it before. You may think it’s pointless to take up journaling at the end of the year, when kicking off the new year with a resolution to journal may seem more of a logical step. But taking time now to reflect upon how you’ve felt these last few months could be the way that helps you get through the final days of 2020 – and step into 2021 with more clarity, purpose and peace of mind.

Proven to help manage anxiety, reduce stress, cope with depression and boost your mood, the act of journaling allows you to release all of your thoughts and feelings in a safe space – a space when you can be as unfiltered as you wish, to let loose and process your thoughts – giving you the chance to reach realization and relief from the burdens that have been weighing you down. 

Offering an opportunity to confront worries or fears, resentments you’ve been avoiding, or dreams you haven’t let yourself admit, journaling is not just about ranting (which can, however, be extremely helpful!) but walking through three vital processing steps: to feel, to acknowledge and to plan.

It’s important to feel what’s showing up for you, acknowledge what you’ve been through, and then take the steps to plan where you might want to go from now on. 

So before skipping ahead and outlining your goals and motivations for 2021, move into the new year with these prompts designed to help you both feel and acknowledge:

  1. What new parts of me am I happy to have developed this year?
  2. How have I grown because of things that felt out of my control in 2020?
  3. What do I crave to feel in the coming months?
  4. What uncomfortable feelings or thoughts have I been trying to avoid or pretend aren’t bothering me to try and stay positive?
  5. What aspects of me feel like they were handed down from my family or past, that I no longer want to bring into my future?

Want to write it all down in one go? Do it. As a bonus, write a totally honest and open letter to 2020. What are you angry about? What did you plan to have happened that didn’t? What are you grateful for? What would you not have realized, or created, if 2020 hadn’t gone the way it did? How can you say goodbye to this year with a lighter heart?

Let’s not desire to go back to normal. Instead, let’s reflect upon the ways we want to live our lives to the fullest, in alignment with who we really are, and the life we’d like to look back on. 

Remember, journaling is a time-tested method of coping and creating. Give it a try – you’ll feel much better –you never know what you may discover about yourself.”

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Empowering Self: Unveiling Three Essential Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Empowerment Through Confidence

Self-doubt is a common struggle that many people face. It can hold us back from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals. But what exactly is self-doubt, and how can we overcome it? We will explore the concept of self-doubt and unveil three essential strategies to help you overcome it and empower yourself.

Understanding Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is the lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the inner voice that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough, or capable enough to achieve our goals. It can manifest in different ways, such as fear of failure, imposter syndrome, or constantly seeking validation from others.

Self-doubt can be triggered by past experiences, societal pressures, or our own inner critic. It can hold us back from taking risks, trying new things, or pursuing our passions. However, it is important to remember that self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience and can be overcome with the right strategies.

The Power of Inner Strength

Inner strength is the ability to trust in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the foundation of self-confidence and resilience. When we have inner strength, we are better equipped to face challenges and overcome self-doubt.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

Our mindset plays a crucial role in how we perceive ourselves and our abilities. A positive mindset involves having a growth mindset, which means believing that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and learning. It also involves reframing negative thoughts into positive ones and focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses. Cultivating a positive mindset takes practice, but it can greatly impact how we view ourselves and our potential.

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is often overlooked, but it is essential for building inner strength and maintaining a positive mindset. Self-care involves taking care of our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It can include activities such as exercise, meditation, spending time in nature, or engaging in hobbies. When we prioritise self-care, we are better equipped to handle self-doubt and build our inner strength.


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Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Now that we have a better understanding of self-doubt and its impact, let’s explore three essential strategies to help you overcome self-doubt and empower yourself.

Practice Self-Awareness

Building inner strength takes time and effort, but it is a crucial step in overcoming self-doubt. Here are three strategies to help you cultivate inner strength and empower yourself.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and understand our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is a crucial first step in overcoming self-doubt because it allows us to identify when self-doubt is present and how it affects us. To practice self-awareness, try journaling or mindfulness exercises. This can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and how they contribute to self-doubt. Once you are aware of your self-doubt triggers, you can work on reframing negative thoughts and building your inner strength.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is important for building confidence and overcoming self-doubt. When we set unrealistic goals, we set ourselves up for failure, which can reinforce self-doubt. Instead, set achievable goals that align with your strengths and values. This will help you build momentum and confidence, which can help you overcome self-doubt in the long run.

Surround Yourself with Positive Influences

The people we surround ourselves with can greatly impact our self-doubt. If you are constantly surrounded by negative influences, it can be challenging to build inner strength and maintain a positive mindset. Instead, surround yourself with positive influences, such as supportive friends and family, mentors, or positive role models. These individuals can provide encouragement and help you stay motivated on your journey to overcoming self-doubt.

Self-doubt is a common feeling that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. However, with the right strategies, we can overcome self-doubt and empower ourselves to achieve our goals. By cultivating inner strength, maintaining a positive mindset, and practising, we can build the confidence and resilience needed to overcome self-doubt. Remember, self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience, and with determination and perseverance, we can overcome it and reach our full potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I expect to see results when applying these strategies to overcome self-doubt?

Results in overcoming self-doubt vary, but with consistent application of strategies, individuals often experience positive shifts in mindset and confidence within a few weeks. Patience and commitment are key to cultivating lasting self-empowerment.

Can these strategies be applied to different aspects of life, such as work or personal relationships?

The self-empowerment strategies provided are versatile and can be seamlessly applied to various life aspects, fostering confidence, resilience, and positive transformations in both professional and personal realms.

Are there additional resources or practices that complement these essential strategies for a more comprehensive self-empowerment journey?

Supplement your self-empowerment journey with additional resources like self-help books, workshops, and mindfulness practices. Incorporating holistic approaches enhances the effectiveness of the essential strategies, providing a well-rounded path to sustained self-empowerment.


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