The last step goes hand in hand with the first: Find your focus. I write down the date, then I immediately write a couple of lines about what I am.
"I am useful, valuable, resilient, courageous, positive, uplifting, intelligent, creative, patient, hopeful, generous, grateful, decisive, confident, gentle, loving, and adventurous."
I always start with these affirmations because they supercharge my focus and eliminate the chance of lingering on negativity. I change the affirmations every day, and I usually focus on strengthening my weaknesses for that day. For instance, if I felt scattered, I'll affirm my presence. If I felt scared, I'll affirm my courage. You get the idea.
Then, when you end your journaling session, focus on applauding yourself for the incredible job you did—focus on hope for an even better day tomorrow. It's awesome because no matter how insanely good or incredibly bad, you can always have a better day tomorrow. If you focus on improving your journaling practice, those better days can and will be every day.
I naturally started journaling with really good habits and was blessed that my practice came so intuitively. But just because you haven't doesn't mean you can't get just as much out of journaling as I have. Practice these five steps, and I guarantee that you will find your journaling groove and reap some inspiring growth in just the next month.
And if you really need one-on-one instruction, you can apply for one of my coaching slots.