Bored and frustrated, Alice knew things had to change but didn’t know what or how. Doing the wheel of life showed what she needed to improve but goal setting missed something.
Alice was reluctant to fork out any more money on coaches but what else could she do?
“Journalling. Loads of people do it, why shouldn’t I have a go? People get addicted to it, for some reason,” she thought. “I’ll do it.”
One trip to WH Smith later, Alice went home with a sparkling new journal.
“Now wtf do I do?” she thought.
Write, Alice. So she wrote.
Writing on a Blank Page.
“God! How do people do this?” Alice began berating herself then stopped. “No, that’s how I got in this mess. I’ll just write and see what happens.”
Blank page with lots of empty lines. Hum.
Alice scrunched up her face and shook her head. “No, not this time. This is different. I need to do it differently this time.”
She drew a line across the page. “How?”
Blank line. Alice wrote:
“My name is Alice. I’ve done a Wheel of Life and done loads of goal setting but it hasn’t worked. I feel like I’m in a pit and don’t know what the fuck to do!”
Something shifted inside. “Oooh,” she thought. She remembered a coach suggesting she break difficulties up into bite-sized pieces. “Okay, let’s break it up.”
Blank line, and Alice wrote:
“I’m ready to get out of the pit. I’m smiling an honest to God smile. A real one. It’s months since I smiled. Wtf is going on here?”
Journalling for Self-Discovery.
Writing in a journal is a way to open yourself up to you.
People are good at lying to themselves. We are good at lying to ourselves. And it’s one of the reasons why people discover themselves through journalling.
Alice found she could break down difficulties by writing about them. She wrote about being ready to get out of the pit which broke it down a little.
Self-discovery is getting insight into your own character. It may sound a bit scary but, as many have found, it’s invaluable knowledge. Once you know why you react in a certain way in a certain situation, you can do something about it.
What can you do? Change your lifestyle a bit, behave a little differently, give up certain habits.
Start by asking yourself questions such as: Be
What am I afraid of?
What am I good at?
Do I have personal boundaries?
Am I spiritual?
Am I too serious?
How are my finances?
And so on.
Once you’ve answered these questions in your journal, you’ll have a better idea of the kind of person you are and how you can improve on it.
On a new page in your journal, write a list of 5 things you’re thankful for. This is what Alice wrote as an example:
- Having somewhere to live
- Sharing with my best friend
- Starting to move out of the pit I’m in
- Access to indoor plumbing
- Clean clothes.
These 5 things gave Alice other things to think about, aside from the pit she felt she was in. It expanded her view of herself and her life and she felt better.
You Can Have a Journal Like Alice’s.
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