Will It Work For Me?
I first learned these principles in graduate school. We were given an assignment to create a new habit using these principles, and then report back. I developed ways to adapt the principles to journal writing and other forms of creative practice, creating strategies that could meet different people’s needs. Once I developed a regular practice of my own, I started teaching others how they could create a regular journal writing practice.
Even people who are extremely busy have been able to incorporate a daily practice into their lives using this method. It helps to keep an open mind as you start using this method, as your initial writing habit may look different than your ideal journal writing practice. With time, you can develop your initial habit into a more involved practice. If you prefer to aim for writing once or twice per week, rather than daily, that’s perfectly fine. You can use the same behavioral principles to develop a regular writing practice of any type or frequency.
In my experience introducing these principles to people of all ages, including children and older adults, I’ve found people who learn about this approach take what they need, and leave what they don’t. There’s no need to worry about applying these behavioral principles the “wrong way.”
The behavioral principles may work best in combination, but I encourage you to try things out for yourself, experiment, and determine what’s helpful for you. Provide yourself with a non-judgmental space to ask yourself questions, think critically, and be reflective, so you can figure out how incorporate more journaling into your life. My ebook will support you as you walk this path.
Creating a Thriving Journaling Practice is a Process
Showing up to the page consistently is more than half the battle when trying to form a consistent journaling practice. However, developing a process that will allow you continuously evolve and grow as a journal writer is important too.
The good news is… You already have a creative process, you just might not know it! We are all creative beings, even if we don’t regularly engage in an ‘artistic’ pursuit. The things, experiences, and opportunities we create on a daily basis, might not be considered ‘creative’ by some standards, but at their essence, truly are creative acts.
Defining and developing your creative process, so you can grow your journal writing habit and take steps in the direction you want to go in, requires intention and thoughtfulness. But you can use your writing skills to get there. Listen to yourself and go slow. You have what it takes to create a lasting journal writing practice that will support you in many positive ways in your life!.