Part 4 – Daily Journal Writing
Daily journal writing helps you plan out your day and incorporate principles of gratitude.
Gratitude. Being grateful is appreciating and focusing on the good and blessings of life. Life is filled with ups and downs, highs and lows. Be grateful for and reflect on what you have learned from previous situations and focus on how the experiences have helped you to grow. Remember, focusing your mind on lack leads to lack and limitations; focusing your mind on opportunities and growth, leads to opportunities and growth.
Recent research in positive psychology has shown that gratitude is associated with happiness. Expressing feelings of gratitude has been shown to help people have higher levels of positive emotions, decrease blood pressure, and build healthy relationships.
Grateful people are happy people!
Write down what you are grateful for each day. What are wonderful things that have occurred within your life within the past 24 hours? What things most excited you or what are you most proud of?
Morning Activities. In the mornings, engage in your morning activities (the form you completed in step one). Make sure you create a habit of completing your morning activities at a specific time every day.
Daily Actions. Daily actions are the specific actions you will take to achieve your goals. Write out all actions you will take to achieve your goals each day. Many people complete the daily actions at night (as they complete the evening reflections and review them in the morning), and some people complete the actions in the morning. It is up to you to decide when this is completed. Nevertheless, make sure it is a time you have clarity about what you need to accomplish.
Evening Reflections. At the end of the day, take time to reflect on your day; what were your successes? What were your lapses? What actions can you take to make tomorrow better? You can also write additional thoughts or comments that you may have about each day.
Take at least 5 minutes to reflect on the best part of your day; what was the most exciting thing of your day that brought you joy. In doing this, you attract more of this into your life.
And of course, complete your evening activities (as you recorded on your best self-profile).