Don’t Remember It, Journal It

A couple of years ago, I was exposed for the first time to the art of journaling.  Before then, I had never kept any type of journal.  Now, I can’t imagine my life without a journal.  So what is the big deal about having a journal?

If you want to truly improve yourself as a person, you need to learn to become a collector of good ideas.  Ideas of things that you can use to improve yourself as a person.  Unfortunately, most of us can’t rely on our memory to remember them because the reality is that we really don’t.  The best collecting place for all the ideas and information that comes your way is your journal.

Don’t use your mind for a filing cabinet.  You should use your mind to work out problems and to find answers.  You should use your journal to file away good ideas.

There are many different ways that you can utilize a journal and you can certainly use more than one.  Find a way that works well for you.  For me, I keep a few different journals.  I have a church journal that I use to take with me whenever I go to church.  During the sermon, I write down notes from the sermons.  Usually, I gain 4 or 5 main ideas that will really help me with how I live my life.  I also keep a prayer journal.  I use this to record major thoughts or ideas of prayers I pray, things God reveals to me, and also any main thoughts from my daily reading of the bible.  The last type of journal I keep is my personal development journal.  In this journal I keep notes or thoughts I read through personal development articles, talks, or hear on cds I listen to.  I actually get a lot of the information I share with you in these blogs from this journal.

I’m not saying you need to do what I am doing.  You need to work out what will work best for you.  Some people use a journal (diary) to record things that happen to them each day.  This can be a great way to work through different types of feelings you may be experiencing.  Writing it out can be very helpful to many people.

Here is a great idea.  Pick someone who is very important to you in your life and create a Thankfulness Journal.  Each day write 2 or 3 things about that person you are thankful for.  This can be very short and only take you about 5 minutes a day.  After 3 months time, take the journal and present it to the person you wrote about as a gift to them.  This will be one of the greatest gifts they ever received.  You will also find that your attitude will be transformed in the process as well.  You will find that you will find yourself more inclined to see the good in people and focus on the positive rather than the negative.

There is no right or wrong way to keep a journal.  Just find something that works for you and be consistent in adding content.  You can write as much or as little as you want, but even a little bit written each day leads to a wealth of information over time.

It is also important that you take the time periodically to look back through your journal and review thoughts and ideas that you wrote down.  Some of the ideas will come back readily to your mind.  Some ideas will be ones you had totally forgotten about and it will be like discovering that truth all over again.  When that happens, one of the biggest benefits of keeping a journal will be realized.

When your life is over, the 3 most important things that you will leave behind are your photographs, your library, and your personal journals.  These three things more than anything else will tell future generations what you were about and what was important about you.  These are the most valuable treasures of all.

As we begin this new year, I challenge you to start writing things down in a journal.  You may find, like me, that it will really make a difference in your life.  Happy writing!


About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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2 Responses to Don’t Remember It, Journal It

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