In the last lesson, we talked about your personal identity. Do you feel like you don’t understand your own motives or choices? If you feel this way, you can learn why you do the things you do.
One method to increase self-understanding is journaling your thoughts and feelings.
The idea of keeping a journal may sound strange to you; you might not think of yourself as a writer. Even non-writers keep journals, though. When you open yourself to journaling, you experience a new wealth of self-understanding.
Writing bits and pieces of your life experiences can be an incredible journey. Once you start thinking about something that happened to you in the past, you’ll find yourself remembering another story, then another.
Once you start making an effort to recall experiences from your past, you’ll trigger memories you haven’t thought about in years.
All of the experiences you’ll recall have combined to make you the person you are. To sort back through some of your life stories will help you understand yourself so much more.
Writing your life story is not all that difficult. If you follow some of these journaling methods and keep your focus off of the end result, you’ll find yourself recalling more and more parts of your life. Plus, you’ll learn to understand and even love yourself more than you ever have!
There’s still more of you to get to know too! Consider your personal values and passions. The next lesson will help you identify your personal values.
Get a spiral notebook, blank journal, or open your word processor on your computer, then pick a story from your life and write it down. Include your thoughts and feelings about this experience. How does the experience affect who you are today?