Life brings many challenges. We get stuck, unable to move forward, causing turmoil, bringing on stress, anxiety, affecting our mental health and general wellbeing. Unable to plan, overthinking, worrying and stressing over things that stop you from becoming the person you should be, living the life you desire, finding that loving relationship you know you truly deserve.
STOP, time to put goals in place and action them. You deserve to be the best that you can be. So how do you do that, and will you be able to achieve it? The answer is yes!
I am a great believer in journaling and what you can achieve if done correctly, but many people are unsure how to make a journal work for you. Let your journal become your trusted friend.
Some may see journaling as just putting words on paper, like using a diary and not really being effective in any way, but it is quite the opposite. Journaling can result in many positive outcomes and help to improve your quality of life and lifestyle. Journal entries can help declutter your mind, giving you clearer headspace, help with your thoughts and feelings and how they connect.
Journaling also helps to solidify goals you have wanted to achieve for such a long time, and it is a great way to connect with yourself and your mental wellbeing. Everyone’s journey looks a little different; outcomes can vary widely. The beauty of journaling allows you to reflect, look back on your journey, monitor your progress, and succeed.
Some of the major things to write in your journal to help you get started are:
- Your focus of the day (always have a focus)
- Something you are excited about
- Your to-do list
- Your daily high and daily low
- The lesson you learn daily
- Challenges and obstacle and how you overcome them
- Rate yourself, your mood and your productivity
Writing these points daily eventually becomes part of your day-to-day routine, helping release emotions, recognize challenges, bring awareness to unhealthy behaviors and patterns. You become in control of your life instead of life controlling you. Journaling allows you to reflect, understand what and where life changes are needed, also helps to encourage a growth mindset.
So, if journaling helps to unravel challenges and triggers, what does life coaching do?
A life coach works in partnership with you helping you reach full potential in your personal and professional life, looking at where you are now and where you want to be, putting a plan in place, and actioning it. Your life coach walks your journey with you, offering great support and part of your positive network. It is important to note that life coaching is not counseling, they work very differently but can work very closely together.
Some of the great benefits of life coaching are:
Help improve self-confidence
Many individuals who work with a life coach say that their level of self-confidence grows and that they begin to connect with their inner being.
Coaching can help you become aware of yourself and what is happening around you, recognising your uniqueness, positive personality qualities, flaws and habits. Working together, your life coach can help you grow and stop you self-sabotaging.
A different outlook on life
A life coach can help with a new outlook on life, helping to put opinions, experiences and thoughts into perspective. Help remove negative aspects of your life, begin to build on the positives and creating a more optimistic environment.
Overcome fears and anxieties.
Learn to embrace your strengths, eliminating negative blocks, thoughts and actions. Move away from limiting beliefs and develop a more positive mindset.
One of the main benefits of working with a good life coach is finding ways to shift your whole thought process and mindset. Overcome a limited mindset and develop a growth mindset, which opens a channel for new opportunities.
Follow through with commitments.
When you work with a life coach, you are accountable. Many clients struggle with this at the beginning. As time goes by, they realise the greatness of taking responsibility for their own lives. When you commit to yourself and your life coach, it helps ensure the goals are set, managed and completed.
Recognise your strengths and weaknesses.
Working together with your life coach, you begin to explore your strengths and understand what opportunities lie ahead when you use them. Recognise weaknesses and look at ways to help improve that area of sabotage.
Grow in confidence, understand that you never compare yourself to others, realise you are a priority. Working on self-development with a life coach gives you the stability to praise, develop and be yourself.
Improve your communication skills with others.
Life coaching not only gives you the confidence to be who you want to be, it also supports you in communicating your thoughts, feelings and opinions confidently and assertively. Understand you have the right to be heard. Your voice is a massive part of who you are; working with a life coach helps you to stand up and be heard, helping to build fulfilling relationships with work colleagues, family, friends and your significant other.
Recognise your purpose.
What is your life purpose? Where are you going? Life coaching helps define your purpose in life. Working together, you understand your passion, dreams, goals and destiny. To succeed, you must have a clear vision. Your life coach can help you find clarity and focus.
See the greater you.
Life coaching helps you eliminate bad habits, overcome challenges and obstacle that are standing in your way, help remove stress and anxiety, build relationships, have a better work ethic, becoming more creative and productive. Having a life coach in your life can benefit you in so many ways. Seeing the importance of YOU and what you are truly capable of achieving. Make better choices and decisions that benefit you. For any change to happen, YOU must come first. You must believe in yourself and understand where you are heading in life. Seeing the greater you, seeing yourself as a PRIORITY, being number ONE, and being happy.
There are so many benefits to journaling and life coaching. Bringing them together; you have the tools to become the person you have always wanted to be. To achieve your life goals, you MUST be prepared to commit, work and be consistent. Be the success you want to see. Happiness and success are different for everyone. You need to remove the negativity, pull harder on the positivity, have a clear plan in place and action it. This is when journaling and life coaching work exceptionally well together. The perfect team.
Here is a quick task to begin transforming your life:
Write a letter to your future self, give it a date when you would like to see this new you evolve. What does your life look like? Where do you live? What does your career look like? What do you look and sound like? How do you dress?
Go ahead, start writing. Once you have written it, plan it, then activate it.
As a life coach, I believe anything is achievable if you commit to your journey and believe you can do it.
So, ask you yourself the following five questions…
- Are you ready to make a change?
- Do you have a dream you would like to fulfil?
- Are you ready to take responsibility for YOU?
- Do you want more balance in your life?
- Do you need to declutter your life, your mind, your career?
If the answer is YES, then grab your journal and send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, book a 30-minute online consultation at www.carolynwellington.com We will discuss where you are in your life, the changes you want to see, what is important to you and the big question, who do you want to be?