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5Jan/101

Posterity Treasures – Keeping a Journal

Frank Gibson, resident of Henderson Nevada, gave a talk in his local church congregation about writing in your journal.

Keeping a journal is a great resource for both you and your descendants. It is great for you to reflect on the things you have accomplished in your life and to review the goals you set, and it is great for your descendants because it gives them a first account history of your life.

Below is a part of Gibson's talk focusing on why we should keep a journal.

 "Everyone should be a student of their own life, and your journal is your workbook. You write it yourself as you go along, page by page."
 
"I think that if you're going to make progress in any aspect of life, you have to keep track of that progress and you have to keep track of it somewhere," he said. "I think it's a good practice to use a journal as a workbook to keep track of progress. 

"I especially encourage people to write questions to themselves. It's so easy to ask the easy questions; we want to be able to ask the more difficult questions as we go along. 'What kind of person do I want to be? Why do I want to be that kind of person? What do I need to do to get from where I am to where I want to go?' It's a way to hold myself accountable. Without having to talk it over with somebody else, you can talk it over with your journal." - Frank Gibson


He later goes on and gives a 16-point journal "cheat sheet" on your life's journal. Here are the 16 points:
  • Note the date, time and location of each entry. As you review your journal, it will provide the context of where you were and what you were experiencing when you wrote each entry.
  • Keep your journal with you at all times. You can't write in it if you don't have it with you.
  • How often do you write in your journal? As often as you want to. It's your journal.
  • Using a journal is a simple discipline of thinking on paper. If you don't capture your thoughts and plans, they will soon be lost.
  • Use your journal to capture important moments in your life.
  • If you hear a quote, read something that strikes you, or have a question about your own life that you want to explore further at a future time, write it down in your journal.
  • Use your journal to talk to yourself about your life, and your progress towards fulfilling your life potential.
  • Ask and answer questions about your life.
  • Describe how you really feel, and what you really want for yourself.
  • Examine what is standing between you and the life you really want to live.
  • Paint a picture of the limitless paths you could travel in life.
  • Describe your ideal life, write a list of goals you want to achieve, and then write out a detailed plan to take you there.
  • Use your journal to help you express, analyze, ponder, explain, record, consider, and examine your life.
  • Answer the question: What progress am I making with my life?
  • Capture your personal history as you go along.
  • You may want to spend a little money on your journal, for the challenge then becomes to find something equally valuable to write in it.
To read the entire article with more tips and tricks, click here.

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  1. I love journal writing! These are great points.


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