#75 The Benefits of Keeping a Written Journal

The power of a written journal wasn’t lost on our ancestors. In fact, since ancient times, powerful leaders have kept a daily written journal, documenting their thoughts, beliefs, and ideals. But over time, as countries have matured, as our way of life has evolved, and as we entered a more modern society, the act of keeping a written journal has slowly faded – especially in the digital age.

But the physical act of writing down your thoughts, beliefs, goals, and aspirations is an incredibly powerful way to get to know yourself, identify ways to continually improve, and achieve the goals you want to achieve.

This week, I discuss the benefits of keeping a written journal. I discuss how keeping a written journal helps unlock the secrets of who you are, where you are, and who you are becoming. I explain how it enables you to become more intentional and the scientific proof that keeping a written journal helps give you a cognitive edge on personal growth and development. I explain how it helps you build awareness and clarity around specific problems and situations and keeps you accountable to your overarching goals. I also discuss how it can help you improve decision-making skills by removing the emotion factor from the equation.


“The best time to change is today. We can either have the pain of discipline in life – or the pain of regret. Keeping a written journal can help keep you accountable to your goals.”
– Dr. Mark Rowe

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • How keeping a written journal provides insight into who you are, where you are in your life, and who you are becoming
  • Why neuroscience supports the habit of keeping a daily journal
  • How keeping a journal helps you build awareness and clarity around specific thoughts, events, and ideas
  • Daily journaling to hold yourself accountable to your goals
  • How journaling helps minimize the negative impact of stress and reframe your beliefs
  • Stanford University’s research on the effect of keeping a written journal about your values
  • How journaling helps bridge the intention gap between what you want to do each day and what you actually do
  • How journaling helps improve decision-making skills
  • The importance of keeping a written gratitude journal


Resources Mentioned:

Book: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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