Four journal prompts that will propel you past your resistance
If you want to create lasting change in your life, it is important to understand the three w’s: what, where and why. Next to hiring a life coach, a daily journal habit is the best tool to help you get clear on what you want, where you currently are, and why you want the ideal life you envision. My four favorite journal prompts can help you past any resistance.
I have personally journaled since I was a teenager, accumulating storage tubs full of my life on pages. There are so many incredible reasons to journal beyond getting clarity. I love expressing gratitude, recording all my dreams and struggles, documenting family history, etc.
I believe the most important reasons for journaling are learning to manage your mind and uncovering beliefs that hold you back.
Let’s be honest
There are reasons that might hold you back from journaling. I polled my family and friends for this article and found a few common reasons for resisting a daily journal habit.
- Consistency, time management, and distractions
- Afraid of experiencing raw feelings.
- My personal favorite… someone might find my journal. Honestly, this fear has crossed my mind more than once.
These three reasons for resisting a daily journal habit are all immensely valid. I know you are busy and feelings can be intimidating. Let me assure you that setting time aside to become aware of your thoughts, which cause your feelings, is worth the effort. Simply throw the journals away if you fear someone might read them once you’ve worked through your thoughts and feelings.
I hope I’ve persuaded you of the benefits of a daily journal habit, and have overcome your objections. Now let me encourage you to get started with four of my favorite prompts.
1. The trinity thoughts
I’ll start with my favorite prompt borrowed from Dr. Christiane Northrup’s book Goddesses Never Age. The trinity thoughts are positive memories from a day well spent and a dream for the future. Record something to brag about yourself, something to be grateful for, and something you desire. I use this tool to help my clients honor their past and future selfs, while living in the present.
2. Questions are the answers
Get good at asking yourself really good questions. As soon as you ask yourself a question, your brain will go to work to solve it. Test this out for yourself! I’m sure you can come up with some quality questions for yourself, but here are a few of my favorites:
What can I make better today than yesterday?
What do I love about myself?
How can I honor my body today?
How can I live my best life?
3. Thought download
I believe journaling is the best way to manage your mind. All my clients are encouraged to download thoughts from their mind onto a page, then step back from the pages and ask important questions like, “is that thought true?”
The key to a thought download is to not care about grammar and spelling. It is a dump of what is circulating in your mind. It will be messy.
Notice what you are thinking. How does that thought make you feel? How often do you think that thought? Do you like these thoughts and the feelings they cause?
Wow. Words can not explain how impactful thought downloads have become in my life. I’ve unpacked a few limiting beliefs and thoughts that did not serve me.
4. Write the script
Create your future self by casting her in your story and living the story through your imagination.
Use your journal to write the script. What do you want her to look like, how will she show up for life, and who will she surround herself with? Will she bravely overcome something? What skills does she need to cultivate?
Consider yourself studying for a part in a play. Be her today. Practice her role in your story. Memorize her lines.
The brain does not know if something is “real” or not. If you practice believing something enough, you’ll feel it before it even happens.
This is not reciting affirmations, but rather the ultimate visualization. You will write the script in your mind and propel yourself into that story with very real feelings.
Practice a prompt
It is my hope that I have busted some of your resistance with my four favorite journal prompts.
As I always say, Self-Aware is the first step in self-care. Pick one of the prompts and get started!
Have I given you a nudge to try this powerful practice, but you are still not confident that you will be consistent? I can help you identify the reasons you are unable to create space for journaling.
If you are still fearful of the feelings you might uncover, consider hiring me as your life coach. I will help you identify the thoughts that are wreaking havoc in your life. Talking to a life coach helps you understand your human feelings in a safe space.
I offer a free mini session as a consultation. This gives you the opportunity to meet with me to discuss your situation and discover if hiring a life coach is a good fit for your life.
My mission is help you believe your best years are ahead! I have many tools that will help you fall in love with your life.
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If you hang out with me long enough I will convince you that you best years are ahead. Here’s to creating the life you always wanted!
And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!