A great way to know yourself is to keep a journal. It reveals your deepest thoughts and feelings, helping you to really connect with who you are. You’ll discover things about yourself you never knew before, which can reveal what you really want in life.
For many people, starting a journal can be quite daunting. They don’t know where to start, much less know what to write about. If you’re here, and you don’t know where to start, let me suggest a few things to help you get started.
#1 Write about your fears and doubts
This is the easiest way to start a journal. We have much of these in our heads, so we don’t really have to think hard about them. They’re already there in your head, because you’re thinking about them all the time.
So, writing them down not only gets them out of your head, but it also gives you the opportunity to see what you can do to resolve them. The trouble with fears and doubts is that they can manifest into much bigger problems in your head. When you bottle things up, they can start to feel a whole lot worse than they really are.
You can look at them more clearly once they’re written down in front of you. Explore where these fears and doubts come from, and try to look at them without judgement. You’ll be surprised just how much learn about yourself and your ability to overcome the fears and doubts in your life.
#2 Write about your passions and the things you love
We know that it’s also important to write positive things for self-discovery. If you focus purely on the negative, it’s not going to be very helpful in the long-term. So, write about the things that you enjoy doing, those things that make you smile.
You can also extend this to include a list of the things you’re grateful for. This helps you to start thinking more positively, and this immediately improves your mindset.
Writing about your passions will reveal to you the things that make you happy. Once you know what makes you happy, you can resolve to do more of these things. You could also write down the things that you were passionate about as a child. Getting in touch with your inner child can be a really joyful experience.
The worries of life may have caused you to forget your passions. By writing about them in your journal, you’re reigniting something in your heart which could be just what you need to live a more fulfilled life.
#3 Consider writing in the third person
Doing this may seem weird, but writing in the third person can actually really help you think of solutions faster. It’s because you’re distancing yourself from the issue, enabling you to look at it from a totally different perspective.
So, why not give it a go – start writing in the third person for any issues you can’t seem to resolve. What advice would you give to someone in the same position? How should that person solve her problems?
Let’s see what thoughts and ideas will come up in your writing.
Use prompts to help you become more self-aware
There are a few prompts you can use when journaling for self-discovery. For example, think about one of your favorite inspirational quotes, and then create an entire blog page about it.
You can also ask yourself questions such as “What do I feel is missing from my life?”. Any deep questions which require a well-thought-out response will help you to discover more about who you truly are.
As you can see, there’s more than one way you can try in journaling for self-discovery. The examples that I shared are the ones that I use personally. But there are still a whole lot more ways!
Remember, the more you use the journal, the more you’ll discover about who you are.