Boost Confidence Through Creative Self Discovery
It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power! ~Robert Kiosaki
It may be that some people are simply born with an abundance of confidence, but for most of us maintaining a healthy level of self-confidence requires an ongoing, conscious effort.
A personal journal can be an invaluable tool to boost confidence through creative self discovery by tapping into the strength that lies within you.
Too often we become our own harshest critics, focusing on mistakes, regrets and unfilled promises. Left unchecked, it becomes easier and easier to discount or completely overlook the meaningful things we do, say or accomplish on a daily basis; in the process becoming less and less confident in our abilities.
Self-reflection is the foundation for self-discovery, and keeping track of the things you do right, your daily triumphs, no matter how small, over time can do incredible things to boost your confidence.
Never mind whether or not you consider yourself a writer; a journal is about freedom of expression and creating your own personal sanctuary. There is no correct form or structure for journaling; you don’t even have to stay focused on the present; your mind can move freely across time and place.
Keeping a journal will absolutely change your life in ways you’ve never imagined. ~Oprah Winfrey
How Journaling Helps to Boost Confidence
- Builds self knowledge and helps to work through problems
- Reduces stress
- Helps you to stay focused on your priorities and make better choices
- Brings out your natural beauty and wisdom
- Helps you identify your values
- Clarifies thoughts, feelings and behavior
- Reveals your greater potential
- Beneficial for healing emotionally, mentally and spiritually
- Helps you see yourself as an individual
- Connects you to the bigger picture of your life
Even if you’ve never kept a journal or diary there have probably been occasions when you’ve thought a great deal about current events in your life, or maybe you’ve been caught up in reflecting about something in your past. A friend, picture, phone call or circumstance triggers the memory and suddenly you are “time traveling” in your mind.
You can write about things that are bothering you, things that bring you joy, special moments in your life as well as the occasional heartbreak. And of course there are the special people in your life … thoughts on your children, your parent’s 50th wedding anniversary, the passing of loved ones or the birth of a child.
You can discover amazing things about yourself from your musings through journaling but sometimes our minds are so filled with the noise leftover from the day it’s difficult to focus, so it can be helpful to use journal prompts to get you started. Here are a few examples.
Questions to use as journal prompts
- What is your most cherished childhood memory?
- What is one thing you have always wanted to do, but haven’t. What has prevented you from doing it?
- Describe a time in your life when everything turned out fine, despite the odds.
- What is the one thing you cannot live without?
- What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said about you.
- What did you learn today?
- Write about something you now know that you wish you knew earlier in life. How could this knowledge have helped you?
- Describe the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done.
- If you had only one wish, what would you wish for?
The most important thing about journaling is to stick with it and to do that you may need to do a little experimenting to find the right type of journal for you. Online journals are very popular today and if that appeals to you, you might like to check out LiveJournal.
Even though I’m very comfortable working online I personally prefer a traditional journal simply because I think we’ve come to take for granted the beauty of the written word. I’m also a very visual person so I like to add images and small mementos because over time they become treasured keepsakes.
Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself. ~Robert Collierrs
Ultimately self confidence is about attitude. When you are feeling positive about yourself and your abilities, you are far more open to opportunities and experiencing joy in life. Journaling can be an extremely powerful tool to help you boost confidence by tapping into your creative subconscious and inner wisdom on a daily basis.
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