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Men Matters: My Journaling Story (Mason Lanier)

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Mason Lanier March 16, 2022

This is the first monthly Men Matters column by Mason Lanier which will provide a man’s experience with Journaling For The Health Of It®️

 

How I got into journaling

In 2016, I read a book called “Three Feet From Gold” and it was the first book I ever decided to go out and purchase on my own. Whilst reading, I found myself taking note after note after note, all written down on the nearest index cards that I could find. After purchasing another stack of index cards to keep up with all the notes I was writing, it finally occurred to me that there was a better way to keep track of this stuff…

 

I bought my first journal. 

 

What I write/How I Journal

The way I have journaled has changed with every journal I’ve bought, I intentionally do this to mix it up and search for more effective ways to do what I’m doing. My first one consisted of a lot of successful people and their beliefs on the world. I would capture their words and how they felt in an attempt to gather similarities that I could use for myself and essentially speed up my process!

 

Fast forward a year down the road and I find a general idea that has been working for me, which is…

  • Write down your goals the night prior
  • Hit those goals throughout the day
  • Record what interesting things happened
  • “Free Space” where I either draw or freewrite, etc. 

In all honesty, I do whatever I feel like doing with the journal! The freedom of doing whatever I feel like doing with it motivates me to do more of what matters… which is just journaling in the first place. Get creative with it! 

 

How I’ve Benefited from Journaling

I have a long list of accomplishments that I can attribute to journaling and/or personal development. Here are a few main ones within the past couple of years:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Quit Drinking
  • Quit Gambling
  • Quit Soda
  • Changed Careers
  • Got Married

These are a few of very many successes, and I can honestly say that journaling was the reason all of this was accomplished. Because had I not started, I would have never known where I was truly at in my journey.

Journaling is one thing that I proudly announce to others that I do on a daily basis, in fact, I journaled every day for a year without missing a beat. 

Your head is no place to keep your ideas and important things, because everyone knows, you’re liable to forget if you leave it up to memory alone. 

 

Closing

I often find that when I begin talking about journaling, or someone see’s me in the act, there’s a lot of men who want to poke fun at the idea. This use to get to me, but I began noticing something… The more I wrote and the stronger the habit I formed of writing.. The bigger the progression and growth I would notice in myself. I started knocking off goal after goal after goal and soon enough, I was looking back at a months work that would have previously taken me over a year easily.

There’s nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain, and it’s such a simple act. Do yourself this one favor, and pick up a journal today. If you don’t get results immediately feel free to get ahold of me and call me a liar, I have yet to receive a message like that.

 

 
Mason LanierAbout the author:  Mason Lanier is a happy and successful father of 3 who has studied personal development for nearly a decade. He works towards helping others become happy and motivated for growth through learned studies and personal experiences.
 
"Learn how to work harder on yourself, than you do on your job" -Jim Rohn

 

 

 

 

 

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