Today I’d like to show you another way to truth journal. It’s called the list method.
Instead of writing out your thoughts, you begin by asking yourself a question:
What am I believing that’s making me not want to work on my goal? Or what am I believing that’s making me want to do my bad habit?
You list as many beliefs as you can come up with and then go through them one at a time to record the truth.
Here’s an example: Let’s say I’m trying to develop the habit of following my list each day, and the next thing on my list is Do income taxes.
I don’t feel like doing them so I decide to truth journal with the list method.
I ask myself What am I believing about income taxes that makes me not want to do them?
Here’s my list:
- It’s too hard.
- I won’t be able to find everything I need.
- I don’t know how to do that one section.
- I don’t think I’ll be able to figure it out.
- It will take forever.
Do you see how negative and defeatist my thoughts are? It’s no wonder I don’t want to do them.
So I look at the beliefs one at a time and write the truth:
- It’s hard, but it’s not too hard.
- I won’t be able to find everything easily, but I’ll probably be able to find it.
- Then I will have to either a) figure it out or b) call an income tax service.
- I won’t know until I try, and if I can’t figure it out I’ll call a tax preparer.
- It will take several hours, maybe even a day or two, but it won’t take forever.
Do you see how truth journaling would give me a boost to do my taxes? Instead of thinking, oh poor me, this is too hard, and I probably can’t do it anyway, my truth journaling efforts would make me think, well, I really don’t have much choice. I better just get it done.
Why don’t you try the list method this week for one of your habits or goals and see how it works?