Sometime in 2010 when I was going through a teenager crisis, I picked up a book (Who will cry when you Die by Robin Sharma) in a Crossword book store, near my house. I found the title very catchy and I wanted to peek in and see what the book was about.
The author spoke very briefly about maintaining a diary or a journal to track your goals or habits. And that is where I developed this habit. It was this book where I read the ideal of journal writing for the very first time. Though I started writing in 2012, I wasn’t completely into it.
After a few years, one of my professors recommended us to read this book ‘The Power of Habit’. There was this line by Charles Duhigg in that book which is still ingrained in my mind:
“Small changes or Habits that people introduce into their routines can unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives. You acquire one of these habits, and everything in your life can change.”
That is when I realized that it is all about creating a chain reaction of every good habit.
I moved to the USA in 2014 and had a tough License Exam to crack in 2015. It required discipline and self-awareness. That is when I started writing my daily journal and started acting on my goals be it small or big.
Writing journals has helped me tremendously. Not only in achieving goals but also to track the progress of my daily habits. i.e.
- It helps me focus on my Self Development.
- It helps me to evaluate my Performance.
- I am able to create new milestones each time I accomplish something big or small.
- I can easily change my habits as I get aware of when I am going off track.
Journal writing is a very powerful tool as it is impossible not to grow from it. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.