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Back in the day, journaling was perceived to be more of a “girl thing.” If you’re a Baby Boomer, a Gen X or a Xennial, a daily journal probably reminds you of the phrase “dear diary” written at the start of every journal entry. Now that we’ve entered a brand new decade, Generation Alpha is beginning to ease into the mix, and with the digital age in full swing, journaling has just reached a whole new level. More and more people are now motivated to give journaling a try.

 

Journaling has evolved over the years. It’s not only about filling in blank pages, but it’s also a form of art! It evokes creativity and improves productivity. The act of writing our thoughts and goals on paper allows our retention-driving triggers to perform. It fires up our brain in a different way. This may sound very old-fashioned but having tangible growth tools actually ignites our desire to succeed in carrying out goals and objectives even more.

 

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, more deeply enjoy your journey each day.”




― Hal Elrod, Author and Speaker

 

“A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to become. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.”




― Brad Wilcox



So start flexing your Creativity. Exercise your thought muscles. The more you do this, the more inspired you get. Keep writing in your journal until it becomes second nature to you. Aside from that, it’s also considered as a form of therapy. According to Dr. James Pennebaker, the author of Writing to Heal, “When we translate an experience into language we essentially make the experience graspable.” Through writing, you develop a much deeper connection with yourself and a more definite sense of purpose.

 

“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.”




― Robin Sharma




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“What are your strengths?” This is probably the most popular job interview question of all time. It seems like a very easy question but it’s particularly a hard one to nail. 

 

Have you discovered what your strengths are? Your answer to this depends on how well you know yourself. Look into your innermost core to identify what you value, what you’re good at - what makes you tick. It matters a lot because your strengths are your unique positive traits and have something to do with character. Understanding the dynamics involved enables you to fully maximise your potential and become the best version of yourself.

 

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”




― Napoleon Hill



Strengths are naturally manifested through daily life. Like for instance when you learn to do certain tasks quickly and with ease, then that turns into your personal strength. It then becomes a part of your identity and gives you a better grasp of who you are.

 

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”




― Arnold Schwarzenegger



When it comes to dream-building, individuals perform mental and physical activities in various levels of capacity and making use of strengths actually play an important role in successfully reaching planned end goals. However, it's also important to take note that strength development doesn't follow a time frame. Strengths are often built through experience and it's also possible for strengths to be learned. 

 

“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.”




― Chris Bradford, Author

 

Admitting and accepting your weaknesses is a sign of strength. Mistakes and shortcomings give valuable life lessons and failing at something isn’t the end of the world. When you focus too much on what you're lacking, you'll just end up feeling empty and unfulfilled so do not waste time and effort fixing your weaknesses. You will feel more productive and content if you leverage your strengths and use them as growth tools. In the end, you might even discover strategies that can eventually turn weaknesses into strengths. 

 

Your strengths are your assets. When you become aware of all your strengths and constantly focus on them, you may discover a lot about yourself that you didn’t know yet. There’s more of you than meets the eye. You are actually braver than you know and stronger than you believe!

 

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.”




― Susan Gale

 

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Have you ever woken up feeling a little downcast? Strange as it may seem, but you can’t put a finger on it. There are times that we find it hard to perceive meaning in an imperfect world and because of this, it’s hard to move forward… You are not alone! The struggle is real to a lot of people.

 

“We live in an imperfect world, and imperfect people surround us every day.”




― Joyce Meyer

 

 

What is your current situation? Have you experienced or currently experiencing difficulties in life? Do you suffer from a lack of self-esteem? Do you feel like you’re a failure? Are you constantly being criticised and picked on? These things happen and we do not have a choice and control over what comes our way, however, we definitely have control over how we react to certain circumstances.

 

While it might be challenging to train how to respond to things, it’s absolutely attainable. Start by getting to know yourself more. Explore and discern your core. The more you know what your driving force is, the closer you are in defining what your core values in life are. Today is the right time for you to develop your core beliefs and cling to them with passion!

 

“Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.”




― Denis Waitley



Visualise to Actualise. It helps to have a vision of what you want to achieve in life for you to be more inspired to take action and chase your dreams.

 

“If you want to reach a goal, you must 'see the reaching' in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”




― Zig Ziglar



Be headstrong. Motivation doesn’t come easy. Every now and then we feel discouraged. That feeling is normal but it becomes unhealthy if you stay there for too long. Find the courage and the strength despite all the negativity that surrounds you. You are allowed to feel tired and helpless so give yourself some time, but also make sure you take the necessary steps to improve the situation.

 

When you fail, keep going. When you succeed, keep going! Work hard until your ideas come to fruition. If you tick all your goals, make new goals. The possibilities are endless for those who think and dream big.

 

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”




― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”




― Newt Gingrich, Historian and Author



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Goal Setting is an important part of success. Most successful people are goal-oriented and usually work on short-term goals that eventually lead towards one final goal. Smaller goals are combined and are typically included within a much larger scope of work. The end results achieved are due to all the careful planning made in order to reach an ultimate long-term goal.

 

“Remember to dream big, think long-term, underachieve on a daily basis, and take baby steps. That is the key to long-term success.”




― Robert Kiyosaki



What are the benefits of having long-term goals? The ability to visualise and to think long-term increases your commitment level in sticking to your plans despite the challenges you may face. When you feel more engaged and involved in something, the more you look forward to taking the next steps even further. Your interest only continues to develop as your confidence grows. It could also take a while for you to realise the progress you’re making, but one day you’ll just take a step back and notice everything that you’ve achieved. These are all the fruits of your hard work.

 

“Each day, you can awake and focus on small, easy goals you can accomplish in the short term - goals that, over time, will lead you to your long-term goal.”




― Karen Salmansohn



“Since self-control is vital to reaching long-term goals, befriending people with willpower could be the secret to success. Whether you're tempted to skip that workout at the gym, or you're considering blowing this month's budget, spending time with a disciplined friend could boost your motivation to maintain healthy habits.”




― Amy Morin




 

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Mental Stimulation

When reading, you are keeping it charge, exercised and readily active. It also can help increase your imagination and creativity. It is said that reading enhances mental stimulation, which can prevent or even slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Relax

Reading can also be a good way to wind down and slip into a new world of the book you are actively reading. Reading is an escape for some people and it is nice to escape to a different place sometimes. Reading before bed instead of playing on your phone is a good idea as the brain is able to wind down with focused attention. If you are studying, it could be a good idea to read your study noted before bed as you will be able to retain and absorb the information while you are sleeping.

Increases Your Knowledge and Intelligence

When you read a fiction or non-fiction book, your knowledge and intelligence increases. The more you read, the more you know. Your confidence will benefit and with the increased amount of information you know, the confidence you gain will positively affect every aspect of your life. 

Vocabulary Expansion

You will have a rich vocabulary growth when it comes to reading. The more you read, the more words you know and the more you will be able to articulate what you want to communicate to others, whether it be writing or speaking. Being able to communicate thoroughly and easily is an admired skill for anyone in any profession, scenario or situation in life. Once you realise that you are able to communicate this effectively, it can boost your self esteem and self confidence which is very important for self growth and development.

Memory Retention, Focus and Concentration

When you read a book, your focus is on one thing, the story. As you read along with the book, you need to remember what happened in the story, the key details and be able to follow it along. Every new memory that you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short term memory recall as well as stabilising moods. Reading gives your brain a good work just like a good run gives your body great circulation.

Stronger Analytical Skills

When reading, watching a movie or even observing a situation, you are able to think fast on your feet as well as being able to resolve, perhaps, a situation faster than you would if you weren’t actively reading. You will be able to analyse things objectively and improve your critical thinking. This is important when trying to problem solve as well.

Better Writing Skills

Again, communication is a big factor and this plays largely in writing skills. You need writing skills in everyday life. Higher vocabulary also equals a wider increased range of words to express yourself in the right context. When reading, you will be able to analyse, observe and view the writing styles of other projects.

An Increase In Empathy and Emotional Intelligence

Reading fiction can help become more empathetic and also increase your emotional intelligence by being aware of what the characters in the book go through and how they deal with their situations. Reading a book can also open your mind to a lot of different worlds and situations that can help make you become more accepting to things in life. 

Self Development

You become a well rounded person through learning about different people, places and situations where you are able to look at different perspectives, as well as being more interesting to talk to. Depending on what you read, reading will help you learn how others worked towards their success such as reading inspirational stories.

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References

http://capcana.com/news/10-benefits-of-reading-why-you-should-read-every-day/

https://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/benefits-of-reading-real-books

https://www.rd.com/culture/benefits-of-reading

https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/health-benefits-of-reading/slide/6

https://www.beautyglitch.com/18-great-benefits-of-reading-books/

https://selfhelpfix.com/benefits-of-reading.php

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