The benefits of journaling
Journaling is a key reflective practice for anyone, but specifically for leaders.
There is a huge body of evidence that shows that our external circumstances – money, education, looks, age, job, family, property – can only predict roughly 10% of our happiness. Success doesn’t equal happiness. Happiness comes from a range of practices, many of them developed though the act of journal writing.
Writing a journal:
- boosts our ability to cope with change and adversity
- gives us a healthy outlet for ALL our emotions so that we don’t take them out on our nearest and dearest
- helps our brains regulate our emotions (sciency language for “helps us to stop feeling angry / resentful / envious or guilty for longer than we really need to”)
- builds our self-awareness and emotional intelligence (which has been shown to be more important than IQ in succeeding at work and flourishing at home)
- strengthens our identity, self-confidence and self-esteem
- improves our relationships
Who wouldn’t want all of this?
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These are some of the things that journalers have used coaching for:
- Working out what your personal values are and setting life goals that align with these values
- Discovering how to draw boundaries with loved ones and work colleagues
- Learning how to say “no” without upsetting people or becoming aggressive or defensive
- Working out how to juggle home and family life so that there is some “me time”
- Exploring different emotions and learning to recognise, accept and express them
- Working out how to regain confidence after lockdown
- Making sense of procrastination, perfectionism and people pleasing
Moyra has helped me to build out a number of management teams across three different operating models, incorporating both established and new team members, in a rapidly developing organisational model.
Through these changes, they have consistently helped me to establish successful leadership teams, often comprised of members from previously competing organisations, under a common framework of open and honest communication & feedback.
In all instances, the time spent on developing my management teams has been a success and has consistently led to lasting partnerships that are more resilient to change and are more capable of re-forming as the operating model continues to develop.
Moyra supported me personally with a long term executive coaching relationship that challenged me to think more strategically and creatively.