This topic has become quite the rage recently, and there’s a reason for that: it’s just plain good practice. From success to health, journaling has proven benefits. When you look at journaling from a health aspect, there is ever-increasing evidence to support the notion that it has a positive impact on physical wellbeing. University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher, James Pennebaker, contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells called T-lymphocytes. He further asserts that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
As B.E.S.T. practitioners, we teach how important it is to respond to life differently unless we want to perpetuate the same physical pattern neurologically or continue to send signals to the Universe indicating our desire for more of what we don’t want and don’t have. Doing the same thing you’ve always done will give you the same results you’ve always gotten, right? So, one way we have found to prompt a practice member to take personal responsibility is to have him/her use the positive word from their treatment as a lesson to journal. For example, if the word was “faithful,” you’d have them answer questions through their journaling such as what it means to be faithful, how faithful feels in pictures or emotions, how to create faithful in life, etc. It is how we see ourselves, which determines how we respond to what life sends our way. This journaling process helps you and your practice members to discover personal values and then live according to those values.
From a personal success standpoint, journaling gives you a number of advantages. From clearly defining your goals, dreams and desires; to mapping out your strategic plan in detail; to keeping tabs on how you are spending your time and if you are making choices that keep you on the path to your success, keeping a journal is really a basic necessity. For example, writing about your daily activities can really give you insight into where your time goes. If you say family is important, but you notice you are working much more than you are participating in family activities, it can be an eye-opening experience. A journal can keep you honest and can help you make changes to your life, which are more in line with your value system and your strategic plan.