Writing is one of the ways that humans can express their thoughts, as well as their feelings, and quite frankly, it is something that humans have been doing for a very long time. The history of writing dates back to 3000 BCE somewhere in Mesopotamia. Most of the writings consisted of symbols, and it was not hard to understand the messages since they related to everyday life experiences. For the most part, the symbols included images of kings, floods, fires, and animals.
There is a belief that the art of writing is something that was passed down to humans by the gods. In the ancient world, writings were considered divine, and anyone who could write was respected, and it is somewhat fascinating to explore the theories behind how gods taught men how to write. In a sense, being able to write was considered a calling since one had to download the content directly from the gods.
Since writing was considered a sacred affair, each society had a god to govern the writing sphere. For instance, the god of writing in Mesopotamia, was Nabu in Egypt he was called Thoth, in Greece, he was known as Cadmus, and in the Roman empire, it was Asherah. Although the writing gods had different names in different societies, they were all considered the wisest among the gods since they were knowledgeable and could predict the future.
Perhaps one of the greatest tales ever told is the story of Thoth and the emerald tablets. Scientists have been fascinated with the work of Thoth. Studying his work may give us a clue about the famous Pyramids of Egypt. There is so much to learn about the history of man from such writings. (I digress)
Fast forward to modern-day, and the trend is somewhat similar. Research conducted on the lives of several geniuses, and it showed that the one thing that they had in common is that they kept a journal. It is not clear whether journaling made them geniuses, or it is because they were geniuses that they journaled.
Journaling is a doorway for great wisdom since it consists of reflection and meditation. In time, one can become wise by journaling. If you do not have a journal, then maybe now you have one more reason to do so.
There are several journaling techniques out there based on what you want to achieve with your writing journey. If you are keen on journaling for personal development, then the Lifebook method is something that you need to consider. Lifebook is a personal development tool that was designed by Jon and Missy Butcher. The technique not only helps the user to design the life they want, but it also helps to give them mastery in 12 essential areas of their life.
I have had several journals over the years to keep up with several thoughts. The idea of having several journals and keeping up with them was somewhat overwhelming. Lifebook was a breath of fresh air since it helps me structure my thoughts and be intentional about where I want to go in life.
The following are some of the reasons why I love LifeBook.
1. The Power of Creative Imagination
It is easy to envision your ideal life with the help of Lifebook. There are endless possibilities when you engage in creative imagination. It is easy for you to become more creative and intentional with what you want out of life. Using this creative process, helps you to build your life around the things that you love, which in turn enriches your life.
2. Consistency of Purpose
One of my takehomes from studying LifeBook is being consistent in the little things. With the help of LifeBook, it is easy for one to build routines, which can, in turn, become effortless habits. Such habits have tremendous results over time, and it is a great way to change your life.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.Will Durant
3. An All-Rounded Person
Lifebook helps to give one mastery in 12 areas of life. It is easy to become an all-rounded person since you get to focus on personal development in these areas. By focussing on these areas, you end up living the life of your dreams.
4. Write and Review
Another great thing about LifeBook is that you not only write what you want from life, but you also get to review it as well. Reviewing is food for the subconscious mind, which is where all the magic happens. In time, your focus becomes your reality, and that is one of the reasons why LifeBook is a powerful tool for growth.
5. Active Learning
It takes at least 10,000 hours to be great at something. Narrowing down and mastering the 12 areas of life presented in LifeBook will help you grow. If your goal is to live a life of continuous growth and learning, then LifeBook is a great tool to help you do just that.
What I love most about LifeBook is that Jon and Missy Butcher live out the principles they teach. Here is a short clip of what LifeBook is all about.
Let me know which journaling technique for personal development works out for you in the comment section below.
Until the next post. Let your soul sing!