Saturday, January 13, 2007


Happy Saturday Everyone

Still on the topic of goal setting, a good goal for you and your children to strive for is to keep a daily journal. Find a special notebook or purchase a diary with a lock if you prefer; and write down how you are feeling about life, people, your feelings etc. If you are having a bad day sometimes just by writing it out you can let it go. Some people find that journaling helps give them new ideas to help solve problems and insights into their life. If you make this a daily practice you may be able to see a pattern in your emotions that will show you what events trigger certain feelings. Two things to keep in mind:

Be honest- write exactly how you are feeling without pulling any punches. Hold nothing back. If you are angry and feel like telling everyone off than write it in your journal. That way you can get it out and not have to worry about the repercussions that follow after actually telling someone off.

Try to be in a relaxed state as possible- as with visualization and affirmations you will get the best results if you are relaxed. Find a place where you can go where you will not be disturbed and try to relax. While this is not always possible you could try deep breathing as mentioned in the last blog or by playing soothing music like classical, meditative or even nature sounds to help get you in the right mood.

Your child needs to know that the things he writes down are for his eyes only. A diary with a lock and key is a great surprise gift and will help your child feel that he can express himself without having to worry that he will get into trouble.

The journal will help get the worrisome thoughts out of your head and onto paper where it is easier to deal with them. You can go back and reread how you dealt with certain problems in the past and make it easier for you to deal with any problems that may come up in the future, an added bonus is that daily journaling will help hone you and your child's writing skills.

Happy Goal setting


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