Episode #95 Start A Journal
Emotions and devotions, prayers and gratitude, food and fitness… the possibilities are endless! This week, Dr. Michael Brown and business executive Dan Costello contemplate their shared conviction that keeping a journal is for everyone.
Maybe seven or eight years ago I had a mentor who said, "Hey, you really need to think about journaling." And my first thought was, "Ugh, I don’t want to write about my feelings."Dan Costello
- We tend to sacrifice reflective exercises in seasons that require the most focus even though these very exercises could create greater clarity.
- We often give up on a journaling practice after we skip even a single day.
- We are at risk of forgetting our most transformative realizations and most powerful epiphanies if we fail to write them down.
- Journaling can be helpful not only in the emotional dimension of life but in every other dimension as well.
- There is no right way to journal nor an exact science to engage in reflective practices.
- Every person’s journal should look different because every human being is unique.
- A journal is not an end in itself but instead a means to an end.
- Sometimes prayers can become more honest and more focused when they are written than when they are merely thought or spoken.
- When you are struggling to make an important decision, put it into words and onto paper by creating a pros and cons list.
- When it comes to the practice of journaling, demonstrate a willingness to break the rules you have set for yourself.
- Conclude each journal entry by identifying a choice you can make in light of your reflections.
- Revisit prior journal entries in order to evaluate your growth, your resolve, and your commitment to doing the things you said you would do.
- Initiate the practice of keeping a gratitude journal by spending the first few minutes of each day writing down something you are grateful for.
In This Episode
Sit In Silence
It’s not exactly a new idea: there’s something profound that happens when we step away from all the noise and embrace the quiet. This week Dr. Michael Brown and Dan Costello discuss the power of putting this truth into practice.
Focus On Becoming
Life is far too short to live on accident. This week Dr. Michael Brown and his oldest son, Justin Brown, have an honest conversation about how to be intentional with the one life we are given.
Practice A Sabbath
Is it possible that an ancient religious law could be the key to greater peace, purpose, and even productivity? This week, Amy Seiffert and Dr. Tyler Schwanz testify to the transformative power of taking an entire day off every single week.