After you review the JOURNALriffic Challenge and take the JOURNALriffic Commitment (see first post, May 11, 2009), you are ready to learn the JOURNALriffic Method. It’s quite simple. It’s easy to use, and can become second nature in a short time.
After obtaining a journal that suits your purposes, choose a time of day to write in your journal that can become a consistent part of your routine. (I like mornings before getting ready for the day. Many people enjoy evenings before going to sleep. Others journal during a lunch break. Use your intuition to find what time best for you.)
In preparation, find a quiet place, then mindfully explore your thoughts. See what “shows up” as your greatest concern or greatest joy, etc. for the day.
Keeping in mind the 3-fold goals of Family Tree Quest found on the http://www.familytreequest.com/ website, remember your purpose is a) to glean wisdom from the past, b) live mindfully in the present, and c) prepare confidently for the future. With that in mind, take the "4 Steps to Discovery".
The steps are easy if stated this way, “OFIR UP Wisdom. Do something Specific. [Note: OFIR is pronounced "offer"]
1) OFIR (State your Own Feelings and Inner Resolve without criticism.)
2) UP (Universal Principles. Explore them)
3) Wisdom. (Did you identify the opportunity for personal growth in this experience and gain wisdom?)
4) Do something specific (to contribute positively)
To view these points in more detail, visit
After using the “4 Steps to Discovery”, always express gratitude for the growth that challenges have the potential to bring or for the welcomed feelings in the experience you wrote about (joy, peace, tenderness, safety, security, etc.) . After that, NOTICE even the small steps toward a happier life.
If you do a little better each day as you purposefully and mindfully strive toward personal growth, that’s wonderful. If you get of-track, record your thoughts again the next day, and slowly and steadily there will be insight and improvement of your own situation through the clarity that comes through writing your thoughts on paper. It's amazing. It works.
Are you ready to take the “4 Steps to Discovery”? I say, "the sooner the better"!
Please comment and share how your own experiences with keeping a journal have helped you to grow. Please visit http://www.familytreequest.com/ and familytreequest.wordpress.com