“If you want to accomplish the goals of your life you have to begin with the spirit.” Oprah Winfrey
We all want to make changes to our lives for very different reasons. Some of the shifts and tweaks we decide to make might appear small and almost insignificant to others, while other changes are massive and require major overhauls to our self-belief systems in order for us to see results.
Daily writing or journaling will help you however big or small your steps towards change might be, and there are lots of different ways that we can use writing to instigate those changes and improvements.
Adopting a daily writing or journaling habit is key to lasting change, and the Write Your Life programme is built around that. But, for many people even the THOUGHT of adopting a new daily regime is too much.
However, if you can commit to doing something new for just 28 days then it becomes a habit, and hopefully one that will stay with you for life. The best way to make any kind of change is in a way and at a pace that suits you and your current lifestyle. Yes, we do have to step outside of our comfort zones at times, but it is much better to start making changes in a way that you ARE comfortable with.
A daily writing habit should never be a chore or something you dread-if this happens you will struggle to make positive changes. The key to getting off the starting blocks with a daily journaling habit is to embrace it as a way to make change and to make sure you tap in to simple daily journaling exercises that are designed to be achievable and provide you with an immediate and positive boost!
If we start something new and enjoy it, see results and feel it is valuable to us, then we are more inclined to make time to do it regularly.
So how to get started? Over ambitious plans to write thousands of words every day are not the answer! Even professional writers with deadlines to meet don’t always find that easy! Setting targets that you know in your heart are not realistic will soon lead to feelings of overwhelm.
Instead start with something really simple that you can relate to and do easily. Something that perhaps you already do-but for different reasons.
List making is a simple but deceptively effective method of gathering our thoughts and creating new plans. We use it to make plans already and for things like shopping, DIY and things to do.
If the thought of creating a long and involved narrative worries you, then use list making as way to make a start.
You can use lists for almost any reason, but here are three of our top ideas to get you started:
- List what’s important to you most-is it happiness or wealth, health or status, pleasing others or pleasing yourself?
- What do you want to change-your home, relationship, career, mindset?
- Why do you want to make these changes?
Make a list for each of these topics and see what comes up for you!