How Journaling Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

By Dianne M. Daniels | journal

Journaling can help you achieve your goals because it will force you to think analytically about them, consider the why and how of them, and delve deeper into the situation By writing about it so that you can examine all sides of it. Read on to find out specific ways that journaling can help.

* It Forces You to Write Down Your Goals – – When you start a journal, it basically is a way to push yourself to document your goals. Whether you write them down on paper or you use technology to get it all down doesn’t matter. Once they’re written, they will feel more real, you’ll be more committed to them, and you’ll be more ready to tackle them.

* It Makes You Consider Why and How –of Your Goals – As you enter data into your journal, you’ll be forced to face the why and how of your goal. This is especially true if you write down a goal and focus on it in your journal.

* It Enables You to Examine the Opportunities and Threats – When you are focused on goal making with your journal, you’‘ll also explore opportunities and threats coming your way –  because of the goals you set. It helps you avoid roadblocks in advance by giving you a chance to think ahead and plan ahead for how you’ll keep moving forward.

* It Makes You Develop Steps for Success Based on Your Goals – – When you see it written down, you’‘ll focus on and pull out any steps you’‘ve developed in your journal and enter them in your calendar for scheduling, planning, and creating lists.

* It Helps You Improve Goal Setting and Achievement –– Each time you intentionally set goals, define the steps necessary to achieve the goals, and perform those steps, you are setting yourself up for being able to improve your skills, and creating a “groove” for repeating the process with additional goals.

* It Provides Accountability –– Even if no one else is reading your journal, a private journal can help you become accountable to yourself. If you develop the habit of looking at, and updating your journal each day it’’ll work great for helping you become more accountable to your goals and the steps you take to achieve them. Baby steps forward are still steps forward, and having a record of what you’ve achieved can help you continue to make progress.

* It Provides a Permanent Record –- Having a permanent record of the things you’ve done in your life, whether it’s personal or work, is a beautiful thing. Hardly anyone has a perfect memory, so you’ll maintain the lessons learned better with the record to look back at.

* It May Be Inspirational – Depending on the journal, you might even be able to take the information inside and compile it into a real book for others to read to inspire them. You might also take from it steps for your success for a project and turn it into a course to inspire someone else.

Journaling is an excellent way to work toward achieving all your goals. It will even help you make better goals because the process of entering facts in your journal will cause you to see them in a more logical way that is more useful.

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