As journaling gains popularity, a number of myths and misconceptions have bubbled up surrounding the practice. Indeed, whilst keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to realize your goals and put yourself on a path towards personal growth, it can be difficult in the face of common misconceptions.
Fortunately, we’ve busted a few myths below to help you make the most of your journal:
Myth 1. Journaling is a narcissistic endeavour
Many people find writing about themselves a little unnatural at first. It can even feel a little narcissistic. It is important to remember, however, that there is a vast difference between narcissism and thoughtful self-reflection. Whilst narcissists tend to view themselves in an uncritical and self-congratulatory light, most journal writers are able to offer up honest reflections on their achievements and, of course, their downfalls.
Myth 2. You need to write in your journal every day
Whilst journaling frequently will ensure that you stay on track to realizing your goals, it is not necessary to write every single day. Indeed, keeping on top of writing when you have a range of pressing commitments can be very difficult, so feel free to go easy on yourself. You will gain benefits from journaling even if you can only commit to writing on one or two days a week.
Myth 3. Journaling is just an excuse to dwell on the past
Whilst you may be a firm believer in living for the present moment, it is important to remember that the past affects both the present and future in ways you may not even realize. The ability to think about past issues without wallowing in regret is key to effective journaling. Indeed, rather than simply wishing you could change the past, journaling provides an opportunity to consider the ways in which your past experiences have helped you to learn about yourself and others.
Myth 4. Journaling is a waste of time
One of the things that put people off journaling is the fact that it does not always provide instant gratification. Indeed, in today’s world of social media and constant distraction, sitting down to write can seem like a futile and pointless task. This is simply not the case, however. After a few months of journaling, you will start to see the wonderful benefits it has on your mental health and overall outlook on life.