One of the things that held me back from achieving more early in my career in corporate finance was my fear of failure – a result of my lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.
Psychologists say that you can start to build your self-confidence by simply telling yourself “I can.” The more you believe you can do something, the more you will be able to do it. That certainly helped me and I eventually worked my way to executive finance positions in the electricity and health care industries.
“They succeed because they think they can.” – Virgil
Another way to build your self-confidence is journaling.
Like coloring, journaling can also help you manage your stress, as well as strengthen your immunity and manage chronic illnesses. It is not quite clear how, exactly, journaling does all of this. Some experts say it is the catharsis, but it could also be the effect of organizing your thoughts and experiences, and uncluttering your mind.
And like coloring and other meditative activities, you will get the most out of journaling by doing it regularly. Try five minutes of journaling each day (although 15 minutes may be ideal), even on days when you are feeling good about yourself.
One part of journaling is writing, so what should you write about? Well, anything, really. Here are some of the things I put in my journal:
- My dreams, realistic or not, and then what I need to achieve them.
- My strengths and weaknesses
- People I admire, and why
- My successes, and why I nailed them. Or my epic fails, and what I’d do differently next time.
- Menu plans, grocery lists, to-do lists, list of books I want to read and have read.
I found that journaling is much easier when I always have the book with me so I can write whenever the mood strikes. I also use a journal that has some coloring in its pages. Knowing that I can include a bit of one of my favorite pastimes in journaling makes it so much easier to stick to the habit. And it is so nice to not have to stare at a blank page when I am stumped about what to write. A bit of coloring can be a great prompt. And the coloring makes it just that much more fun!
Ready to try journaling? Here are some great coloring journals to try.
This journal includes 10 full-size coloring pages, along with accent designs on many of the journaling pages. Acid free/archival paper preserves your work and takes pen or colored pencil beautifully. The journal is small, so it fits easily in most bags. The back cover has a pocket for notes, reminders, business cards, and a few colored pencils or pens. A coordinating elastic band attached to the back cover keeps your place or keeps the book closed.
I love that this journal is spiral bound and lays completely flat for coloring. Each two-page spread has inspirational quotes to ponder. along with space for coloring and writing.
Each page in this simple journal has a small illustration to color. The largest design is 2/3 of a page and most are smaller and quite detailed. The strong binding does allow the book to lay flat.
I love this journal, not only for its coloring pages but because it is a good creativity “kickstarter.” Created by Andrea Pippins, the artist behind the best-selling coloring book I Love My Hair, this journal has affirmations, great prompts such as doodling ideas and scrapbooking type activities.
Hardcover. 114 pages. 8.5″ x 7″. Average Amazon Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars. $15.95
With this simple spiral-bound you can keep your memories, feelings and notes positive with the 24 coloring images illustrated by Kathryn Marlin. I love that the pages are numbered, too, so you can create an ongoing index at the front.
This journal is unique because everything is printed single-sided on heavy stock, so if you want to use alcohol-based markers you won’t have a problem.
This journal has over 28 colorable designs with lined paper, plus and extra lined paper in the back. It also has full page mandala designs (without lined paper) to color at the beginning of each section.
This book has 35 different illustrations to color along with your journaling. It includes positive and uplifting messages to color by artist and writer Ronnie Walter.
This book has artistically drawn horses for you to color or doodle on, some plain and others detailed. along with space for you to jot down notes, thoughts, doodle, scribble or design your own patterns and be creative. It is also a great size to carry in your bag.
This premium-quality, hardback journal features gilt edging, a ribbon bookmark and 70 small images from Secret Garden for you to color in. The cover is very sturdy and beautifully detailed. The only downside is that the pages are unlined.
Have you tried journaling? If so, what tips do you have for journaling newbies? Let us know in the comments section below.