Have you ever tried journaling? You should.

Maybe you are new to journaling and don’t know where to start, maybe you’ve done it before but need a spark of creativity to keep things fresh or maybe the thought of journaling brings and eye roll and “Dear, Diary” to mind. Regardless of where you are in your journaling journey, believe me when I say if you aren’t journaling with intention you are missing a huge opportunity at self improvement.

Here are just a few of the great benefits journaling provides.

Writing in a journal helps you remove mental blocks. Studies show that writing accesses the left side of your brain, the analytical and rational side, which unblocks the right side of the brain to allow it to think creatively and intuitively. When they work together, doing what they do best, you will find clarity and creativity.

Journaling reduces stress. James Pennebaker, a University of Texas at Austin psychologist, found evidence that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them. If you are struggling with a difficult situation, journaling can be a healthy natural way to approach reducing stress.

Journaling helps you achieve your goals. Everyone knows that you are far more likely to remember something if you write it down. Research shows that when you write things down it is a signal to your brain that what you are writing  is important. Your goals are important and journaling about them will help you get started on the path to achieving them. Plus, setting time aside every day to journal will help you exercise your self-discipline muscles, which you need to conquer your goals!

So, are you ready to start journaling?

Journaling can be intimidating; staring down at a blank sheet of paper thinking to yourself that you should be writing something profound is a surefire way to want to run the other direction.

So, don’t do that.

Join me for a new series:  6 ½ Days of Kickass Journaling.

Each day I dive into a new topic; things like how to learn to say ‘no’ and how dangerous perfectionism can be. These are topics that I’ve worked on myself and with 100s of clients that are seeking to kick more ass in their lives. If that’s you too, then let’s kick some journaling ass together. Because the changes you want to make, the solutions you want to find, the clarity you are seeking are within you NOW.