You are a hero story – a soul story – waiting to be told

The many Journaling Tools I, John Robson, have used and created have been extremely useful in my life. – creativity, clarity, higher connections, decision making, efficiency, intuition, fun and the list goes on. And I know some people get overwhelmed about what tools to use when. Do I want to be more logical or more intuitive? Or do I want a quick process or an in-depth, revealing process.

So as of March we are shifting the flavour of the Journaling Tools site to support readers in applying tools with a clear, powerful purpose. To writing short meaningful, transformative stories (7 words to 7 pages) that are healing, purposeful, fun and creative. Stories that we can very quickly (using one journaling tool) get instant clarity in our lives, new life changing perspectives, an abundance of ideas, drawing out our essence, solidifying a life vision, unravelling the subconscious mind, healing past pains, etc.

And the stories we focus on are not just fictional glimpses of your life, but deep meaningful essences of who you are. We call them hero stories or sometimes called the mythological story or origin story and I like calling them – my soul stories. And they are one of the most powerful ways to transform oneself from the pain, sacrifices, self sabotaging behaviours into hope, potential, purpose and passion. They clearly reveal one of your many life’s min-journeys.

And the major uniqueness of a ‘hero’ story is that it is innately part of your psyche – your unconscious processing. Most movies that stand the test of time are archetypal, natural, classical hero stories – slay the dragon, win the girl, win the race, triumph of the underdog … Which hero story line is your life following?

And then we each have a style, an archetypal character type that takes this journey. Are you the nurturer, warrior, wise man or crone, …?

When we put these story elements together using appropriate journal writing tools mixed with some fun and imagination – magic and transformation happens – especially when we understand and learn and write in the powerful language of the subconscious mind. I hope you will join us in understanding, healing and rewriting your life story from the inside out.

So I would like to introduce Diane Curry Sam who is totally committed to and involved in helping individuals and small companies writing their mythological hero stories.

Together we have combined our 2 “Own your life” books so you have guidance in owning your own life and recreating your future. We are also creating a 6 month unique group coaching program to help you create multiple healing, transformative, future creating short hero stories – that when chained together is a story of your life journey with a structured story line filled with fun and imagination, that is the real you living your journey. It is a great way to be understood or leave your message and legacy (if you want).

Stay tuned for new announcements and new ‘stay in touch’ messages and tips to support you to write a hero story – your soul story.

More Journaling Topics – What is your top one?

Pick about 7 topics below and journal on one per day. If you can think of other journaling topics make a comment below and we will add them to our journaling topic list.

Write about what is most important to you.

  • mentors, miracles, money, movies, music, my favourite…
  • nature, negative thinking
  • projects, parents, parties, partners, passions the past, peaks and valleys, people,
  • pet peeves, personal growth, pets, photos, places, poetry, potential & possibilities
  • prizes and rewards, purpose
  • relationships, religion/spirituality, responsibility, romance
  • schooling, secrets, service, shame, shopping, solitude, sports, struggle, successes, synchronicities
  • talents, technology, time, toys, truth, turning points, travel
  • values, weight, wisdom, work

And if you want here are more journaling topics.

More Journaling Prompts

Stuck on what to journal about? Try these prompts.

Prompts stimulate more of the logical, rational, organized left brain. Turn them into questions to simulate more of the open ended, creative, right brain. Complete one or more of these prompts daily and watch your life change. Draw out your own inner wisdom. Do questions or prompts work better for you? Let us know by commenting below.

  • For what problems must I ask for solutions?
  • What are the needs/desires of my boss, partner, family or God for me?
  • I have negative, judgmental or limiting thoughts around …
  • What key choices am I ready to make?
  • How do I control rather than trust?
  • How can I create another or larger income stream?
  • I can enhance my inter-personal skills by …
  • Relationships I want to develop are …
  • How can I increase my overall abundance?
  • I want to learn more about …
  • I want more of ….
  • I want less of …
  • I can be more productive and effective by …
  • What can I do to increase balance in my life?
  • My best experience today was …
  • My worst experience today was …
  • What are my main daily motives?
  • Three areas in my life I want to recommit to are …

And if you want, here are more journaling prompts.

20 Ideas for Setting up Your Journal

There are no rules when it comes to journaling. You can use a flexible, 3 ring binder, a smaller coil or hard cover journal, recipe cards or a mobile device like a cell phone or tablet.

  • I always use a ‘nerdish’ BIC 4 color pen and use colors to emphasize, summarize, emotionalize, editorialize and prioritize.
  • When you journal online you can have privacy, a file structure and it is searchable.
  • I believe hand writing draws out a deeper connection and emotion compared to typing.
  • Even if you get 5 to 20 minutes of private, quality time pull out my journal. You can also have at your fingertips multiple processes and tools to make the most of that time.
  • Have a list of journal topics or powerful questions that guide you in what to journal about right now, or what is important in the next week or month. I always have a few quick exercises that greatly enhance my overall awareness, clarity and motivation.
  • No ideas are lost, and they are easily synthesized and prioritized. My multi-dimensional ‘To Do’ list helps me manage the big picture, short term and immediate needs. I maintain my sanity as it helps me with organizing my virtual assistants, clients, projects, teaching, coaching and writing.
  • Do no miss writing down an idea, synchronicity or deep inner urge. I have even used a waterproof whiteboard in the shower and recipe cards in the wash room, by my bedside and in my pocket.
  • If you get stuck without a journal at a restaurant, use the paper placemat or napkins as your journal.
  • Always have the first pages of your journal as an index of its contents and you can keep adding important insights to it so they are easily found.
  • With today’s advancing and portable technology, instead of having a Journal, it’s so easy to have a word file in a ‘cloud’ that you access with a cell phone, tablet, laptop and desktop.
  • I have many one word or short phrase journaling tools that work well on my cell. Once a month, I would consolidate my thoughts from my journals and the cloud into one master, searchable and indexed word file.
  • In your wallet or purse have many journaling triggers in small print on double-sided business cards. Never be stuck without a way to stretch your thinking.
  • Collect various lists and sets of smart questions to trigger in-depth writing and contemplating.
  • Often I just use blank page journaling to get started.
  • I love my review of the week as I consolidate action items, insights and ideas onto a page as that triggers more great insights, integration and follow through.
  • Create a ritual such as having a coffee, sitting in the sun. lighting a candle, saying a short prayer or mantra. this sets up a strong intention for creative or deep results.
  • Try different journaling tools to see which ones work for you. Do you need more organizational support or more intuitive insights? Our Journal book helps you define your journaling style and the tools that work best for you.

Leave us a comment on unique ways you use your journal.

Some more Journaling Questions

Journaling is a great way to release and let go. To get things off your chest and lower your stress level.

Ask yourself:

What things bother you and what are your pet peeves?

Who and what do you resent?

What do you feel guilty about?

Use journaling to let it out. Let it go.