What to Write in a Journal

19 April 2011 4 Comments

What to write in a journal

is a common question for most people.

Seeds of SUCCESS - What to Write in a Journal

From: Seeds of SUCCESS
Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 3:00 PM
Subject: Seeds of SUCCESS – What to Write in a Journal
To: Joseph Peck

April 19, 2011 – Vol. 4 Issue 7
What to Write in a Journal

Jim Rohn was the master of the journal. “If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique individual—keep a journal. Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down,” Rohn said. As such, a journal can be many things to many people. Here are a few ideas for how to use a journal:

  1. Keep a tally of your daily ‘wins’ or accomplishments.
  2. Keep notes on an ongoing problem you’re facing.
  3. Write down ideas. The Magic of Thinking Big author David J. Schwartz writes, “Every day, lots of good ideas are born only to die quickly because they aren’t nailed to paper.”
  4. Maintain your lifelong goal file. Writing down your aspirations in a journal helps build a file so that you can review your ideas over and over.
  5. Keep a to-do list for big projects. Day-to-day tasks can be scheduled in Outlook, but larger-scale projects are perfect for recording in a journal.
  6. Jot down inspirational quotes and why they impact you.
  7. Keep a dream journal bedside.
  8. Handwrite important facts, statistics or phone numbers to help cement them in your mind.
  9. Tear out a page and write a note to someone important in your life.

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  • Georgia Peters said:

    I have been journaling for 30 years. I did not realize the value of this habit, but it seems that since I was born again, I cannot just sit and listen to a message, I need to have a journal and pen in hand.

    Last year, I got fresh understanding of journaling through Henry & Richard Blackaby in their book, “Experiencing God”. I began to understand that, just as the Holy Spirit inspired the canon of Scripture, He also inspires us as we write. WOW! I had never thought of it that way. Now, when God & I meet in the morning, I meet with a greater anticipation and my heart has been refreshed more than once as I return to what God told me. Many times, I do not even remember writing the things I wrote. What fun I have with God sharing His heart, His plan and His vision that we will accomplish through me. I read the Scripture first that is part of my reading plan, but I always ask the Holy Spirit if there is another word that He wants to reveal to me before I write.

    Write down the specific verse or verses in a notebook, spiritual journal, or diary.
    Meditate on the passage.
    Study the passage to immerse yourself in its meaning. What is God revealing about Himself, His purposes or His ways?
    Identify the adjustments you need to make in your personal life, your family, your church, and your work life in response to God’s revelation.
    Write a prayer response to God.
    Begin immediately to make the necessary adjustments in your life to God.
    Watch to see how God uses that truth in your life during the coming days.
    Take Action: Obey what God told you to do. Enjoy a fresh experience as He works in and through you.

    Blessings and Favor!

  • Dr. Joseph Peck (author) said:

    Hi Georgia, Thank you for sharing such a wonderful comment about journaling. What you share is very insightful. I’m a lot like you – addicted to journaling – because I experience and appreciate the benefits. I really like your step-by-step approach that leads to adjustments in your life and obedience. Blessings, Joseph

  • Georgia Peters said:

    Thank you for your comments. I would like to add that Jim Rohn was the first person who really helped me see the value of journaling over 30 years ago. We attended several of his seminars and listened to many of his tapes (back in the day). I think that the one story that I’ll always remember is his re-telling of the Sower and the Seed. He had developed wonderful story telling capabilities. He certainly used the gifts that God gave him and left a legacy for many. He has no idea how much he has affected our lives. Thanks for sharing the “Seeds of Success” newsletter.

  • Dr. Joseph Peck (author) said:

    Hi Georgia, Thank you for sharing your encouraging comments publicly on the Journal777 blog. Jim Rohn made a big difference in a lot of people’s lives. And journaling was one of the important tools he used to bear more fruit. Blessings! Joseph

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