A journal can play many roles. It can be a confidant, a vehicle of self-expression, a tool that dreams. A journal can also be a powerful source of comfort during challenging or traumatic periods. When you record those insights and incidents that clearly demonstrate you are on the right track, you can return to your words days, weeks, or months later and find uniquely soothing reassurance. A journal with a specific purpose can be a good tool for keeping track of experiences before the passage of time can skew your perception of events.
It reflects the immediacy of your life and thus provides you with a landmark to return to when you begin to doubt yourself. If doubt does arise, simply open your journal to reaffirm your experiences. The confidence, surety, passion, and bravery you felt in a single moment is preserved, giving you a means to recapture those feelings in any place, at any time.
Your journal serves as a repository of personalized encouragement. Since a journal is, by its very nature, as individual as you are, you should give some thought to the type of journal that will serve you best:
- A synchronicity-and-connections journal might describe those instances where seemingly random occurrences came together in a meaningful way, propelling you forward.
- Or you may find strength in the pages of a pride journal that makes note not only of those times you felt proud of yourself but also precisely why you were pleased with your efforts.
- And a cause-and-effect journal can help you become more decisive by reminding you of all the wise, life-affirming choices you have made.
Your journal should be small enough to be readily portable and on hand whenever possible because the faster you put your thoughts down on paper, the more authentic your declarations are apt to be.
Regardless of the type of focused journal you choose to keep, your recollections will create a positive feedback loop that helps you cope with doubt in a constructive way. Reading through your journal when life seems uncertain can show you that your misgivings are unfounded. As you draw consolation from your uplifting words, you will know without a doubt that you are indeed living your purpose and following the path that you committed to before birth.