Welcome to the daily journal challenge.
Let's start by sitting comfortably and take 3 intentional breaths in and out.
Who journals (past & present)? Lady Gaga, Oprah, Eminem, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Charles Darwin (my dog's namesake), Lewis & Clark, Thomas Edison, Jack Kerouac, Andy Warhol, Emma Watson, Brett Eldridge, and so many more.
Journaling is a priceless tool for self-reflection and self-improvement.
People all over the world—those who consistently experience positive growth in their lives—reflect daily and learn from their life experiences. And they often use some kind of journal to accomplish this.
Your journal can be a map, an inner road map, for growth and exploration. To me it is very much like yoga. When you land on your mat you show up with all of you, the parts that you like the parts that you don't like. And we can learn to make friends with all of those parts. All these parts help guide you in the direction of where you came from and where you are meant to go.
So, I’m challenging YOU to get started (or continue) with journaling, consistently, for the next month These can help nudge yourself into growth-oriented self-reflection. These prompts will bring awareness to the beliefs and assumptions you have. And they will help you think through situations, big and small, and make better decisions going forward.
Challenge yourself to read and write on each prompt for 5 minutes every day for the next 31 days. Please feel free to use these prompts or simply write for 5 minutes, or fill the page of your journal. Before you begin though, remember to just allow yourself to land where you are and take 3 deep breaths in and out.
Are you ready? I know I am.
- What’s one hard lesson you’re grateful life taught you in the past year?
- What’s something you’ve moved on from that once meant the world to you?
- What’s something you love today that you never even knew you needed in your life?
- What’s one unchangeable reality you’re still holding on to and resisting? What can you do right now to ease your mind into the acceptance of this reality?
- Who would you be, and what else would you see about your present life situation, if you removed the thought that’s been worrying you?
- How has your daily environment been affecting you recently?
- What’s one small example of how you have “customized” your life for the better?
- What have your actions over the past year been saying about how you prioritize your personal growth?
- What kind of silent progress would you like to make in your life by the end of 2019?
- What’s one distraction that has been getting the best of you lately? Why?
- What truly DOES matter to you most right now?
- What’s one small risk you believe is worth taking in 2019? What’s the first step?
- What’s something big you’ve accomplished in the past that once seemed impossible?
- Why are you ready to level-up in 2019? Why are you ready to make positive changes? Why is the journey in front of you worth the extra effort?
- How can you give yourself a little extra time and space to make the right decisions on a daily basis?
- What’s one thing you would do differently if you knew no one would judge you?
- What’s one good, recent example of someone with a negative attitude completely misjudging you? How did you handle it, and what did you learn?
- Who was the last person who was unexpectedly kind to you? What can you easily do to be a little kinder than usual today, and beyond?
- What makes your significant other (or someone else you love) truly beautiful on the inside? What make YOU truly beautiful on the inside?
- What’s something true about yourself that you need to embrace more openly and lovingly in the year ahead?
- What does “a new beginning” mean to you right now?
- Where in my life can I trade a short-term, incremental gain for a potential longer-term game-changing upside?
- What is my third most unique strength?
- What would make what I am doing right now easiest?
- What is the worst possible scenario that could happen if I do "x"? What can I do to limit the downside?
- Will I choose make this a dead time or an alive time? (Ryan Holiday)
- If today were your last day on earth, what would you write?
- If I could only work 2 hours per day on income producing activities, what would I focus on? (Tim Ferriss)
- What is something that just doesn't make sense to me?
- What is the path of the least resistance to where I want to go?
- What if the only way to add to my life was to subtract from it? What would be the first 1–2 things that I would remove?
These prompts were found online that I thought you may find benefit from. Please enjoy and feel free to search for other prompts that may help you along your journey. Know that when you hit day 31 it does not end, please continue to revisit your journal every day to grow, learn and heal from the inside out.