This is a very quick and simple way to journal to success and it’s not a gratitude journal.
However, if your child does have a daily gratitude journal, than implementing this will 10X the results.
This simple journaling practice, recommended by practicing psychologist and anxiety survivor Jodi Aman, will completely change the way your child feels about him or herself, will cause a spike in confidence and will improve overall happiness.
Why Journaling is So Powerful
Now, before we jump into how to help your kids journal to success and 10X their journaling practice, I want to take a moment and talk about the benefit of journaling, period.
We’re a big fan of keeping a gratitude journal and writing in it just before bed. The benefit in doing this is that you’re focusing on positive things just before going to sleep, feeding that to your subconscious mind.
According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, a former professor of medicine at Stanford University, “the subconscious mind operates at 40 million bits of data per second, whereas the conscious mind processes at only 40 bits per second.”
When you go to sleep at night, your mind is processing everything from your day, typically all of your anxieties. However, a gratitude journal before bed can actually retrain your brain to focus on the positive. This can result in a dramatic improvement in happiness levels over time.
And if you REALLY want to use the subconscious mind to transform your life, create a vision board and use mental imagery at night before sleep. It’s been scientifically proven to help people achieve goals and even Olympic level athletes use it to improve their performance.
How to Really Help your Kids Journal to Success
So while there’s no doubt that keeping a gratitude journal can be HUGELY beneficial, there’s one problem: what you’re grateful for may have nothing to do with YOU.
You may be grateful for a beautiful morning, or the roof over your head, or the food on your table, or that your son helped his sister with her math homework last night.
But all of those things are external.
To help your child 10X a journaling practice, your child has to make it about HIM.
In order to do this, Jodi recommends each night that your child write down 3 successes or accomplishments from the day (however small they may be).
It may be a good grade on a test, or that your child performed well at track practice, or even just that he or she made the bed before walking out the door.
But what it does is tells your brain, “I did that! Look how awesome I am!”
The reality is that when you’re more connected with your skills, you trust yourself more. Anxiety gets in because you DON’T trust yourself.
Have your child try this for 30 days (if he or she misses a day it’s okay, just get back to it the following day). Combine it with a gratitude journaling practice (write down three things you’re grateful for each day) and your child will find that he is able to 10X how he feels about himself, his life and his relationships.
Conclusion: Help Your Family Journal to Success Doing this Daily
The best way to journal for success is by combining a gratitude journal with a success journal. And do it at night, just before bed, in order to let your subconscious mind do the heavy lifting of shifting the way you see yourself. All you need to do is:
- Write down three things you’re grateful for
- Write down three accomplishments/wins (however small)
- And see the amazing results!
With just minutes invested per day, your child can reduce anxiety and 10x how he or she feels about himself. Give it a try for 30 days and then let us know how it goes! Just leave us a comment below.