The “writing shift” happens for my clients when they start to consistently journal about the thoughts and feelings that are coming up for them.
However, some of you have shared that you just don’t want to write down your thoughts or feelings in a journal for a variety of reasons.
This step can have it’s own resistance and it may sound something like:
- “What if someone else reads my journal?”
- “I don’t have time to write down my thoughts and feelings”
- “It feels too cheesy or childish to do journaling”
- “I am not sure what you mean by write down my thoughts and feelings”
- “This just feels weird.”
If any of these thoughts come up for you around journaling – write them down. These are the thoughts that are coming up for you and this can be your first step in this work.
Once you write them down, take a look at them and ask yourself how do those thoughts make me feel? Why am I choosing to think these thoughts? Why am I worried about someone else reading it? Why don’t I create time to connect with myself so that I can understand what’s going on with me? Why does it feel cheesy or childish to do journaling?
This will support you to move through this resistance to write down your thoughts and see what this is really about for YOU.
Use this as an opportunity to learn how to process your thoughts and feelings and see what changes for you.
I would love to hear what you learned from this exercise and whether it has supported you to get unstuck about journaling your thoughts and feelings or not.
Please connect with me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share what you discovered about yourself!
Your Writing and LIfe Coach