I’ve recently become a big fan of having a journaling practice. There’s something magical that happens when the pen(cil) hits the paper, giving way to a clarity of thought and freedom of expression that I just never anticipate.
Whatever the magic is, it works. And here’s the thing: you don’t have to spend a lot of time on it! In fact, when I journal I set a time for 7 minutes – and always get great answers to my questions.
You can use a journal to help you uncover your money blocks, to help you break free of negative mental patterns when it comes to spending, or just help you with clearing your mind and getting aligned with a general sense of well-being.
Using Journal Prompts
Using a journal prompt – a thought-provoking, open-ended question – is the key to unlocking the usefulness of journaling. Without a prompt, the blank page can be terrifying. With a prompt, you’re just taking some notes, which lets your guard down so you can get into some deep thought.
There are no rules when it comes to journaling – I don’t care what journal you use, whether you do it in the morning or at night, pen or pencil or purple crayon. The idea is to just write – for at least 5 minutes – and see what you get.
I’d like to share some money mindset journaling prompts for you to try. Pick one that jumps out at you, or work your way down the list, and see what you find interests you the most.
What is your first memories about money?
When it comes to money, I believe…
What activities am I doing that are responsible for 80% of my financial results?
What activities and people are causing 80% of my negative results/emotions/beliefs about money/wealth? How could I change those negatives into positives?
Write a letter to money, as if they were a person, telling him/her what kind of relationship you would like to have with them.
If you received 10 million dollars in cash, but had to spend it within the next 24 hours, how would you spend it? Be very, very specific – down to the dollar and cents!
When I retire, I will…