How To Journal For Personal Development — Article by Life Coach Tomas Svitorka

How To Journal For Personal Development

If I were to recommend you a tool that has the biggest potential to change your life, discover who you are, find your calling, overcome challenges and overall become a wholesome person, it would be journalling.

1. Journalling creates a distance…

…a distance between you and the situation you’re dealing with. This helps you think about it more clearly and see it from a fresh perspective. It also helps you create an emotional distance because we can be so emotionally tangled in the situation that we struggle to see things objectively.

2. Journalling is extremely therapeutic

Do you know the feeling when you share your guts out to a friend? It’s like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

3. Journaling keeps your mind focused

Sometimes we want to think things through, but most people find it difficult to think about something for even a short time without being distracted. Thoughts can be very scattered and perishable. You think about something, your phone goes off, and the train of thoughts is broken.

1. Gratitude Journaling

Start your journal with a few lines of gratitude. We always have something to be grateful for, but we often fall into taking things for granted. The more grateful you are, the happier you’ll feel. Not only that, starting with gratitude will help you set the tone for the rest of your journaling.

2. Reflection Journaling

Some people say you should only be looking forward in life and never look back. In fact, the past can be a treasure full of learning opportunities. We just need to look for them.

3. Planning

Journalling about your plans is a bit like setting goals.
Write about what you’re going to do tomorrow or next week. Write about is as much details as you can. Strategies, dream, envision, have fun with it.
When you’re planning something in a lot of detail, you’re almost rehearsing it.

4. Deep questions/Self-discovery Journaling

One of the main reasons why people feel lost in life, confused or powerless, is because they don’t truly know themselves. When people come to me with the goal to find their life purpose of direction, the main focus of our work is self-discovery.

  • Don’t worry about grammar and spelling. Just get your thoughts and feelings out on the paper. If you can understand it, it’s all good.
  • Be as open as you can. Holding back is holding back the answers you’re looking for. This is the very moment you can be 100% authentic without worrying what others may think of you.
  • Preferably write by hand. Research showed that this stimulates your mind much more than typing. But if you’re worried about privacy, feel free to use password protected software or buy a volt for your journal. 😉

A few final tips for journaling:

I hope you’ve found it useful.
Give journaling a go, it will be life changing if you stick to it.



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Tomas Svitorka

👉🏻I’m a life coach and award-winning entrepreneur. ♠️Founder of OK is NOT enough ™♦️I help people achieve better and bigger results.