Today I’m really excited to present the first of three case studies of the journaling challenge. Our first subject is Tash Corbin. Tash is a business coach and mentor to online female entrepreneurs. She runs a Facebook group called Heart-Centred Soul-Driven Entrepreneurs which has over 26000 members.
I started journaling about 6 months before I started my business – so it was around late 2012. I wasn’t particularly consistent at that point in time, but I would journal maybe once or twice per week, depending on how I was feeling.
These days I journal more days than I don’t, and that’s largely thanks to the 30-day journaling challenge.
I was doing a money mindset course, and the course leader suggested consistent journaling to help uncover what was going on beneath the surface. She gave us a few little exercises to do. The first was an ideal day, painted picture type of exercise and I really enjoyed it.
I have a tendency to go a million miles an hour. Even when I am talking to a coach, or working with a mindset practitioner, I think sometimes what I am saying comes out so fast that I don’t have time to explore it. I love journaling because it allows me to go a little deeper. I also like tapping into my creativity and the quietness of sitting down to journal.
The biggest challenge for me in business is my mindset. I have some very funky limiting beliefs that I am consistently working on uncovering and clearing. Journaling has been instrumental in helping me to understand myself and understand why I sometimes sabotage myself, and fall into unhelpful habits and patterns. I do a lot of journaling alongside my money tracking and I 100% believe it’s helped me to increase my income in my business as well.
I joined the challenge because I wanted to go from only journaling in a haphazard way. I felt like I was only journaling when I wanted to fix something or sort something out, and I was curious about how a daily practice could support me even more than just journaling to ‘fight fires’. I was hoping to have a consistent journaling practice to help with consistent up-leveling of my mindset.
My first one was to not let myself fall too far behind!!! I ended up falling a few days behind and then kept getting frustrated with myself. When I adopted the mindset of imperfect action, and just getting back into it daily, it was much easier and a lot less pressure on myself. I had some big realisations about why I am trying to keep myself small, and how I was actually doing my clients, my followers and myself a disservice by believing some of the fuzzy logic that was running around in my brain!!
More regularly than I was, and I have a lovely little ritual for journaling now as well. I am hoping to get even more consistent in the coming weeks and months so I am journaling every single day – at the moment it’s probably 4-5 days per week.Which is still an improvement!
I’m the kind of person who likes to ‘throw everything at it’ when I’m facing a challenge… and so I haven’t ever really used journaling as a mindset support in isolation. But I definitely think that journaling has supported all the other mindset practices and modalities that I have explored, and through the combination I have been able to triple my income in two years, grow my online community, navigate the personal development journey of having a personal brand, take more responsibility in my relationships with others, and so much more. I’m very grateful for my journaling practice!