I wouldn't be where I am today without a journal. The act of journaling conditioned me to be honest with myself, to accept myself, to appreciate the hard work I do, to commit to myself, to be disciplined in choosing the best thoughts and actions for me, to strive for worthy goals, and to overcome my shame.
Every night before I sleep, I take 15 to 30 minutes to reflect on my day: what I did, the effort I showed, the goals I worked toward, where I did my best, where I could've done better, and the thoughts that made my day. Even when I do something out of character, I practice loving myself for who I am and encouraging myself for how much better I know I can do.
In over a year of nightly journaling, I transformed my life. I've gone from total dependence and underemployment to a full-time writing and coaching career. I've grown confidence that allows me to tackle impossible-seeming goals and to keep pushing when hope is dim.
Journaling helped me to encourage and accept myself on the way to achieving my biggest goals. If you really want to be somewhere you're not, and if you want to enjoy your life on the way there, journaling is for you. Give it a try.
I get my best results when I commit at least 15 minutes to journaling each evening.
If you're striving for the best version of you, practicing self-acceptance is the best thing you can do. So affirm your worth from dawn to dusk; be grateful for the incredible person that you are now; constantly encourage yourself, especially when you let yourself down; and commit to your best self with a journal.
You're worth it.