Self Awareness Day 9: Journaling

Jan 12, 2024

Identifying Core Values

Our journey began with introspection and identifying our core values. These values are the compass guiding our decisions and shaping our future. 

Take a moment to journal on the Core Values exercise:

1. What are the core values you identified, and why do they resonate with you?

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Wheel of Life

We then used the Wheel of Life, a powerful tool for self-assessment across various life areas. This illuminated the aspects needing our attention and nurturing.

Take a moment to journal on the Wheel of Life exercise:

2. Did anything surprise you as you filled out your satisfaction levels in all life areas?  How so? What tangible steps will you take from this exercise?

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Setting 3-Month Goals

In the final phase, we set tangible, achievable goals for the next three months. These goals are steps towards a more fulfilling life, aligned with our core values.

Take a moment to journal on the 3 month goal exercise:

3. Reflect on the goals you've set. Why are they important to you? How do they align with your core values?

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Overcoming Challenges 

Overcoming obstacles is of paramount importance when focusing on a 3-month action plan. These obstacles, whether external or internal, can hinder progress and derail the achievement of set goals. By overcoming these challenges, individuals can cultivate resilience, determination, and adaptive problem-solving skills, which are essential for navigating through the intricacies of a long-term plan. Overcoming obstacles also fosters a sense of accomplishment and provides valuable learning experiences that contribute to personal and professional growth. 

Take a moment to journal on potential obstacles and how you will overcome them:

4. What potential obstacles might you encounter in achieving your goals, and how can you overcome them?

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Staying Accountable 

Staying accountable to ourselves during our 3-month plan is crucial for maintaining focus, commitment, and progress. It ensures that we remain aligned with our objectives, take responsibility for our actions, and stay motivated to overcome challenges. Being accountable fosters a sense of ownership and self-discipline, facilitating consistent effort and determination toward goal attainment. Moreover, it enables individuals to track their performance, adapt strategies as necessary, and celebrate milestones, creating a sense of satisfaction and empowerment. Ultimately, self-accountability plays a vital role in transforming aspirations into tangible achievements within a 3-month timeline.

Take a moment to journal on how you will remain accountable to your 3 month goals:

5. Journal Prompt: How will you ensure accountability in your journey towards these goals?

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Changing Habits for Better Outcomes

Transformation often requires changing old habits and is a necessary catalyst for personal growth and forward progression. Habits that are no longer aligned with our goals or hinder our development may impede our ability to reach our full potential. By identifying and modifying these habits, individuals can cultivate adaptability, resilience, and a proactive mindset, enabling them to embrace new opportunities and challenges. Adjusting existing habits also instills a sense of self-awareness and accountability, empowering individuals to take deliberate actions that align with their aspirations. Embracing change in habits fosters personal growth, facilitating transformative experiences and expanding the capacity for development in various aspects of life.

Take a moment to journal on what old habits might need to change:

6. What habits do you need to change or develop to achieve your goals?

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Celebrating Achievements

Celebrating small successes during our 3-month plan for personal growth is essential for maintaining motivation, boosting morale, and reinforcing positive behavior. Recognizing and appreciating small milestones provides a sense of accomplishment, validation, and encouragement along the journey towards larger goals. It serves as a powerful reminder of progress made, reaffirms the effectiveness of actions taken, and instills confidence in one's ability to succeed. Moreover, celebrating small successes offers moments of reflection and gratitude, fostering a positive mindset and resilience in the face of challenges. Ultimately, acknowledging and celebrating these incremental achievements is a vital component of sustaining momentum and cultivating a fulfilling sense of progress. 

Take a moment to journal on celebrating success:

7. How will you celebrate your successes and milestones along the way?

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This 8-day self-awareness journey has been transformative. We've uncovered our core values, evaluated our life's balance, and set actionable goals. As we continue on this path, let us remember that the journey itself is as important as the destination. Let's embrace each day with intention, guided by our newfound insights and goals.

Remember, self-discovery is an ongoing process. Keep revisiting your action plan to stay aligned with your core values.

*“The only journey is the journey within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke*

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