“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.” – Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art.
In the gap between your thoughts and the blank page is the zone of possibilities.
Everything from healing to clarity, forgiveness, awakening, creativity, and inspiration can happen as your inner being reveals itself to your journal.
That’s why I say “get to writing!!”
That said, writer’s block is a ‘thing’ that can get the better of us – and when resistance does show up, the inner wisdom is silenced.
And I don’t want that to happen to you!!
So to help you keep the words flowing, I’ve put together a list of FIVE topics you can write about in your journal. Each is life-enhancing. Each is powerful and each will put writer’s block out of business – for good!
So let’s dive straight in…
1. Practice gratitude
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar
Until I discovered BestSelf Co. just over four years ago, I’d never heard of a gratitude practice and I certainly didn’t realise it was such a powerful spiritual and personal development tool.
Gratitude works because it switches you into an abundance mindset by guiding you to focus on what you have in your life ALREADY. In this age of the constant chase, it’s easy to stay distracted by what lies ahead – and in the process, we overlook the beauty that’s already in our lives.
Gratitude is a proven way to ground yourself in the moment so you can get present with where you are right now.
When you get real with what you already have, more often than not you realise how beautiful your life already is. In turn, gratitude becomes a powerful place to create from – because you’re no longer seeing the world through a lens of scarcity. You no longer need anything to be happy. Instead, you see a world of abundance and beautiful possibilities.
Of course, your journal is the perfect place to log your gratitude practice.
Simply make a note of the things you’re grateful for – the big and the small. For example, I’ll often feel grateful for the view outside my office window or the feel of the breeze blowing through my hair. These little pleasures make me feel good and my creativity soars as a result. Try it 💕
2. Log your wins
Let’s be honest, we all love to celebrate our achievements and triumphs – and so we should! The feeling of a win is intoxicating because it boosts our self-belief and reminds us that we CAN create the things we want for our lives.
I like to write down my wins because they serve as a physical reminder of what I’ve accomplished to date. It’s a powerful pick-up when life gets tough – and that’s inevitable.
When you commit to finding your YOU and exploring your full potential, you’re going to make mistakes, face problems, and get knocked down. There will be times when it feels easier to give up and there will be occasions when the mountain ahead feels way too high to climb.
Your wins log serves as a powerful reminder of how far you’ve already come.
They’re a reminder to turn around and acknowledge the gap between where you started and where you are now. It’s easy to focus on the gap in front of you, but that gap behind is just as meaningful – perhaps even more so.
3. Keep a bucket list
What do you want to achieve in your life?
Who do you want to BE? What do you want to HAVE? What do you want to DO?
It’s obvious, but I’ll say it anyway!! You can’t do everything all at once [and neither would you want to!] But you can do a heck of a lot in a lifetime if you put your mind to it.
As Bill Gates said, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”
Your journal is the perfect place to explore different goals and the reasons why you want to go after them. What’s more, the act of getting your bucket list out of your head and into your journal is the first step to making these dreams a reality.
So turn your journal into a playground of exploration and eventually commitment. Use the blank page as a space to figure out a timeline and even work through your action steps.
4. Capture your ideas
I pretty much always carry my journal with me because you never know when inspiration will strike!
For example, it’s almost guaranteed I’ll have a brainwave during my daily walk and it’s not uncommon for me to have great ideas in the shower too!
When you’re brain is under zero pressure and you allow your mind to drift, your subconscious is free to deliver up the goods. When those Eureka moments come, the best place to capture them is in your journal.
The human brain isn’t at its best when it’s trying to remember information. Instead, our brains are best used for creativity and problem-solving purposes. Writing down your ideas preserves bandwidth because you don’t have to waste any energy remembering.
What’s more, an idea captured becomes a magnet for more thoughts and discoveries. It’s a little like pulling on a thread in a tangle of cotton and seeing what else unravels.
Jim Rohn said, “Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.” Your journal is here to help you open that door – so dive right in 💕
5. Answer journaling prompts
Charles F. Hannel said, “Questions are spiritual searchlights.” [I can’t tell you how much I LOVE that quote!]
The right questions shine a light on your soul, crack open your heart, and help you unlock the inner wisdom and insights that lead to your YOU.
This is why I absolutely LOVE asking people questions that pierce open a portal for deep inner work. One of my clients describes me as the claw machine who’s able to extract gold they didn’t even know was there!
When you dive below the surface, peel away the onion layers, and explore the depths of your being, magic really does happen:
- You get to know who you really are.
- You unlock inner wisdom that’s uniquely yours.
- You make connections and discover your patterns.
- You understand what’s in your way.
- You figure out what you’re supposed to be doing.
It’s a liberating process because this deep work nudges you onto the path of your purpose.
And as a soul with a physical body, this path holds the key to everything you want and everything you came here to experience. So go there – I’m here to help.
If you want to elevate your journaling practice and dive deeper into your inner world, check out my collection of Inner Journey Tools. Alternatively, check out the Writing Your Best Self podcast for more journaling tips and weekly prompts.
Together, they’ll help you Find Your You.