How to Reach Personal Goals

Why Journaling Is The 2020 Way To Reach Your Personal Goals

Thought journals were just for episodes of teenage angst or Bridget Jones types? Think again…

It’s been a weird few months for us all. And as many of us have taken up practices to help cope with the ongoing pandemic and its myriad implications, reflective journaling has seen a huge resurgence in popularity. An active expression of your thoughts and feelings that releases habits that aren’t helping anymore, bestselling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Robin Sharma, recently called journaling “meditation on paper”. When you can separate the thoughts in your head from your identity and can clear your mind from stress, you’re better equipped to handle life. 

So what could change if we learned how to talk to ourselves? Many of us grew up so focused on external things, like grades or what other people told us was important, that the skill of interacting with your own mind wasn’t even something we considered.

Maybe, that is, until we’re filled with stress, worries, and anxiety – wondering what’s going on.

While many things like lifestyle changes, reaching out for professional support and meditation have mental health benefits, there’s something else that the top creatives, leaders, and personal development junkies use to decompress, work through challenges, and plan their futures. Journaling.

3 Ways Journaling Can Benefit You – Today

1. Reduce Stress

By putting pen to paper you’re able to take on all the things that are stressing you out – what researchers call ‘intrusive thoughts’ – and give them airtime. These can be anything from the small worries to the deepest fears and anxieties you haven’t told anyone or fear to say out loud. This practice of seeing your thoughts for what they are reduces stress and enables you to look at them more objectively. 

2. Feel More Creative 

Thanks to reducing your stress and giving your intrusive thoughts room to air out, journaling creates a new experience where you feel lighter. And what comes when we’re less stressed? New, creative, ideas. Journaling can help you find creative solutions to the problems that are worrying you because you are now relaxed enough to think in a new way. Better still, it harnesses the ability to listen to your intuition.

3. Build Your Confidence

Being able to interact with yourself – your thoughts and ideas – means creating a relationship with yourself you never had before. You’ll discover where some of your habits came from, where you hold yourself back, and the things you’re proud of and love yourself for. When you become clear on who you are and why making decisions gets easier because you’re no longer worried about what other people think of them. 

The best part about a journaling practice? It’s free and you don’t need to be a ‘writer’, have perfect grammar, or even know what to stay to start.

Ready to give it a try? 

Start small: Give yourself five minutes every day to write something. Start with, “Right now I feel _____ because ______” 

Don’t edit: Write the first thing that comes to mind and go with it. Eliminating the habit of trying to be perfect helps you build trust in your intuition.

End with ‘Thank you’: Thank yourself for taking these 5 minutes to get to know who you are. 

You’re worth it.

Rachael Lynn is a Dubai-based author and journaling expert.


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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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