By starting a journal over two years ago I changed my life in more ways than I could imagine. The words "know thyself" get thrown around a lot these days. And for good reason. But what does it mean? Or more importantly HOW PLATO? HOW! Well, as I found out, journaling is the answer.
Self-knowledge should be at the top of everyone's list, but sadly often takes a back seat. The benefits aren't obvious and often it's hard to truly look at ourselves in the mirror; biases, weaknesses, and all. But that's exactly the reason you should try. Simply by becoming aware of these parts of you, you disarm them. Ultimately pushing you towards peace and happiness.
The simple act of converting your thoughts to ink teaches you so much about yourself; how you think and how you act. You finally understand the patterns chaining you down, giving you the strength to break free.
The emotional intelligence gained not only lets you understand yourself, but also makes it easier to empathise. You must first know your own heart if you have any hope in understanding others.
Not only that but the consistency and confidence gained by doing something daily is invaluable. If you struggle with developing your willpower, what's easier than writing a few words in a notepad? If you don't want to write anything, write that down! Eventually you'll be curious and find out why.
Before I started journaling I worried I wouldn't have anything to say, turns out that really isn't a problem. As long as you don't censor or judge yourself( self-acceptant). If you struggle with this I recommend dedicating a journal entry about something nobody knows about you. Write down something that makes you feel uncomfortable, even when you imagine destroying/deleting it. This will help you get over it.
What I love about journaling is how easy it is, the benefits seem almost passive. Typical "self-help" techniques like writing down your goals, what you done that day, what you would prefer to be doing etc. these all come naturally. And the benefit to your life is real and powerful.
What got me started was an article on the art of manliness, I had learnt that many of the people who inspire me keep a journal, so was already interested. If you have been considering starting, this article will make it so easy for you. I recommend it.
No matter what you do, simply by listening to advice and taking action you have made an important change. You now understand/accept that your life is in your control and you're willing to do something about it. I challenge you to try the 31-Day challenge that I linked in the article, tell me how you feel after!