"The pen is mightier than the sword" is a metonymic adage, coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839.
What is a 'Journal' most people ask me? I answer (the short story) “It’s like a diary.”
The long story is “Keeping written notes daily of your thoughts, feelings, ideas, or anything that you are thinking. Remember writing reflects your thoughts, like a mirror, reflects your body and offers you a glimpse into your working mind and you get to know the real you. You gain a heightened self-awareness of everything about yourself. You find out what to do to get more of what you want and less of what you do not want.
When you begin journaling it will likely occur to you that having more than one type of journal might be the best way to keep everything organized better. When you have more than one type of journal, you can simply go to the specific journal to work on one issue at a time or keep something organized so you can make better decisions.
If you want a journal to help work through a problem, keeping specific journals for different things is an effective way to go about it. It is also a great way to store your thoughts and memories for the future in a more organized and useful manner.
The way to ensure that journaling works for you are to do it long term. Long-term journaling gives you more insight into your life because you’ll be able to look to the past, present, and even the future (sort of) to get answers in your life. But first, you must do it. And you need to do it daily to make it a habit.
Keeping a journal will help you deal with the things that happen to you as well as the things that have not happened to you. The main reason is that writing it down helps you remember what you did right and what you did wrong. It helps you improve your decision-making capacity for similar situations.
The main thing is just to get started journaling in any way that works for you. It might seem like a pipe dream that writing in a journal could be so beneficial. But the scientific evidence is in, and journals do benefit you in big ways if you keep one for the long term and use it daily.
If you want to be happier, get more done in life, and experience real joy in life, a journal can be the way to achieve it. The guiding thing to remember is that your thoughts cause your feelings, and you are the one in control of the actions you take once you accept your feelings. Accepting that you do have control is half the battle, and your journal will make it clear that you do.
If you have never kept a journal or you have been doing it for years, there are great ideas and tips to get you or keep you going. This book shows you how you can transform your life as you know it now to something that could transform your life in the future. Learn all about it in this book.