|The last couple of weeks in December and the next ones in January are exciting times for journal mavens around the planet. We’re using this time of year to look back, to reflect on our lives. It’s the harvest season for journal writers where we gather the fruits and glean the wisdom of our journal writing for the year. Although we can do this any time, the weeks around the New Year call us to action.
It’s also a great time to renew our interest and dedication to journal writing, breathing new life into the process. We’re here to encourage and support you, and so we bring you a suite of truly exciting, thought-provoking classes that will shift your view of the world and yourself in the world. You couldn’t ask for more experienced, dedicated, and knowledgeable teachers to bring you new perspectives, new energy, and tangible shifts in your lives. Each of these world-class professionals will work with you, responding directly to you–and they love doing it. These classes have value way beyond their six or eight week class time, bringing everlasting change to your life.
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Mark Matousek’s Spiritual Journaling—This class is packed with stunning perspectives, break-through writing exercises which help you to discover new ways to view your life, and helps you explore below the surface of everyday existence of your life to something deeper and more meaningful. Mark is a fabulous teacher, very responsive and works with you from exactly where you are. THREE SPOTS LEFT!
Beth Jacobs’ Writing for Emotional Balance—This class is one-of-a-kind! Psychologist Beth Jacobs has 25 years of experience working with people’s emotions and researching brain functionality. In this outstanding class she combines scientific knowledge of how the brain works and applies that to writing exercises to help you successfully manage your emotions. If emotions are a recurring issue in your life—if they either can overwhelm your life, or if you can’t connect with your emotions—this class will likely change your life. FOUR SPOTS LEFT
Joyce Chapman’s Live Your Dream—Joyce has worked with thousands of people over the years helping them find and then truly live their dream lives. This is the first time that Joyce has taught this landmark class online with us, and we’re thrilled to have this grande dame of journaling with us. SIX SPOTS LEFT!
From all of us at LifeJournal, and from my family to yours, wishing you a peaceful, prosperous, and healthy New Year!
Setting Goals for the New Year: Use Your Journal for Course Corrections
Life is a lot like sailing a boat. Getting from Point A to Point B doesn’t mean that you move along a straight line. Depending on the way the wind is blowing, the depth of the water, and the water current, you zig and zag your way from your beginning point to your destination. Tacking—or zig-zagging through the water—is the tried-and-true method of sailing. However, when we find ourselves zigging and zagging away from a goal, or perhaps even standing still, there’s a bit of embarrassment perhaps with a dollop of fear and shame and a sense of failure often accompanied by grumbling and muttering. This isn’t the way we imagine navigating through the world.
This kind of thinking isn’t helpful, is it? There are so many variables in the world, circumstances are changing constantly, personal situations and priorities are constantly shifting. The trick, I believe, is to learn to catch the wind of life, by being attentive, flexible, and responsive. You can use your journal to help. It’s nice to have some structure and plan, yet also be flexible to adapt to changing conditions. Below is one way to approach setting your goals for the year.
First, re-read your journal entries. Here are some questions that you might ask yourself as you review your journal:
Once you have a list of goals—ongoing ones that you are still working on; extensions of recent accomplishments that build on what you’ve done; goals that you re-ignite as they are currently stalled; new goals—in similar areas or brand new goals—read them over. Are they realistic, attainable, worth the effort, exciting, valuable, balanced? I think it’s laudable to have a spectrum of goals—perhaps some humdrum, but necessary; one or two that are a big stretch for you but worth the hard work; and those in between, that have some parts that are challenging as well as areas that feel comfortable. Also, consider whether all the goals are in the same category, such as work-driven, or health-driven or financial-driven or interpersonal-driven goals. Do you want to balance out those areas?
“Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement.” –Susan S. Taylor
“Questioning is an art form in itself. Inquiring, who are you today, for starters—and what is it that you want most intensely? Where is the intuition leading? Questions till the ground of “beginner’s mind,” plow fresh road, scrap outdated agendas, help us to reimagine our way.”—Mark Matousek
“Emotional management skills are usually small and simple behaviors or adjustments. At the same time, the accumulation of these skills leads to profound changes in the quality of a life.”—Beth Jacobs, PhD
“Your dream is as close as your own mental image of it. How many of us go through our lives troubled by a vague sense that the person we are is not the person we really want to be?”—Joyce Chapman
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