Some people cringe at the idea of keeping a journal. Either they feel the consistency required to maintain a journal will wain and they won’t be able to keep it up or they don’t think it is very important in the grand scheme of life. Both reasons have merit but in light of our mission to find purpose, both are mere excuses.
As a child, I used to keep a journal. It offered cathartic release from the everyday grind of life and at the end of the year, I would go back and read some of the things I wrote. However, I admit that over time I became far less consistent in journaling and often felt the guilt that comes with not keeping something up even though I had good intentions.
When I started college at sixteen, I started journaling again. However, I did something a bit different. I journaled — writing by hand, in a notebook — but I went back and reformatted much of what I wrote into blog posts which you can find throughout this site. In my mission to help people live life with purpose, power, prayer, and passion, I have become a more consistent journal keeper, or to be more accurate, a more consistent blogger.
Journaling has its merits and can be a very useful tool in helping to make changes to your life, mindset, belief system, and perspective. Instead of a journal about everyday events or musings, let’s create a different kind of journal — a journal that will help you find your purpose, develop your skills, explore your passion, and find your inner joy. We will call it a purpose journal.
A purpose journal does not have to be perfect, but it does need to be honest. It does not need to sound like a bestselling novelist, but it does need to sound like you and reflect your life. No one else will read it, unless, of course, you want someone else to read it. Each day, or at least several times a week, write out what your purpose is in life, thoughts about your purpose, and goals you have set to fulfill your purpose. Ask yourself questions and attempt to answer them. Write a personal mission statement, evaluate your interests, and list your core values and beliefs.
Journaling on purpose will clarify your thinking. It will help you to slow down and not rush through life but understand the vastness of life. It will also help you to connect with people who are also striving and living according to their purpose. Journaling on purpose will help you to ask important questions that will, over time, demand important answers. Journaling can be the means by which you find those critical answers.
It is not important where you write or the tool you use to write. The vital thing is that you write, discover purpose, and find joy in the process.