Why Writing A Journal Is Important

BeAwesome: #330 Why Writing A Journal Is Important



Sometimes we need to express our thoughts. We have so much to say and no one to tell it to. Sometimes a friend is not what you are looking for. Sometimes our mom and dad are not the ears we want to express our feelings to. Sometimes your thoughts need to written instead of spoken. Here is why a writing in a journal is important:

Talk about yourself:

Who doesn’t like to toot their own horn (Talk about yourself) once in a while? A side from being cocky or full of yourself, you should be able to praise some aspects of “you” every day. We often forget that this is an important part of mental health. In your journal should reflect on how life is going, the people around you, the past and things you love most. It is an open book for you to talk about experiences and “you”. You should always be able to find something positive about your self in your journal.


A journal is a great place to write down your goals and accomplishments. It can also be used as a schedule. For starters, you can write the things you want to complete in a day, week, month and eventually a year. A long with planning, a journal should also be used for goal setting. Making a list of things you want to accomplish is important, and should be used as a reminder for everyone.


Hold yourself accountable for what you write in your journal. Your journal should be a place were you tell the truth. Writing down what you truly believe will allow you to make a bigger and more realistic picture of what you want. With that, it will help you figure out how and what you need to do to get there as well.

Writing a journal today is more than, talking about a girlfriend or a boyfriend. It is not about gossip or telling yourself how much you hate your best friend, teacher or coworker. Writing a journal is about relaxing your mind. Taking you away from your normal life and writing. Writing about what makes you feel good. How things are going. What you can do to make your life more pleasurable. Journal writing is about finding you. Finding different interest. Finding what that makes you smile. Of course it can be used for sad and angry times of your life, but remember: All negative things in life should be used to motivate you in a positive light.

Be a Writer



BeAwesome: #317 How to Accept #Criticism

BeAwesome: #317 How to Accept #Criticism


If dogs can take it, we can too!

Criticism is not for the weak

What is the meaning of criticism? The expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes. An analysis and judgment of a literary or artistic work. To be critiqued or reviewed.

Criticism is something we all have to deal with. Some of us are good at it, and some of us flat-out stink. Growing up, I never really noticed when I was being critiqued or reviewed. In school (university), teachers would watch my presentations. While playing sports, coaches would critique my play. When others would give me feedback, I would never take offence to what they were saying. I never really thought about it as criticism (but it was). I embraced the facts, and use it to get an A+ instead of a B. 5 more points to make 10. I was blessed with the idea that it was simple help (which it truly is/depending on how you take it). I never really thought about it as anything else.

Unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. When someone speaks to us about our skill, we act different. People “take offence”. Many of us show anger. Some of us go as far as physical involvement. Our body language changes and our tone of voice becomes different. Why? We often forget what others are trying to do for us. We forget how to act like professionals amongst one another. When being reviewed | critiqued | judged | in a proper manner, we need to sit back and take it all in. How do you get something from this experience? Here are some simple things to remember:




Know matter what is said you must consider it some form of feedback. This can be tough. What if it is not what you want to hear? Guess what? It very may well be. BUT you need to suck it up and use the feedback to better what ever it is you are doing. Feedback is what makes you approve. Feedback allows you to see what you need to practice or work on. Accept feedback and use it to keep the motivation alive

Be a good listener



The point of criticism is to get feedback (see above) and you can’t receive good feedback if you are not listening. You will run into people who you do not like (that is life). You will not want to listen to these people. Matter of fact, you may possibly not stand to even look at them. BUT. You still need to be a good listener. A friend use to tell me, “take something out of every conversation you have, and use it to your advantage”, and this is exactly what you have to do with criticism. Give your undivided attention even if it hurts. You will receive something that will benefit you, if you listen.

Reply with manners



Sometimes your trigger instinct is to respond in defence. In a different tone or manner. If you want to really get something out of this experience you need to reply with manners. Who cares, if it is not what you wanted to hear. Be a professional and take it like a grown-up. Why add more fuel to the fire. Even if you disagree with everything they are saying, say “thank you”. You do not have to go and do what ever they say. They are giving you ideas and suggestions for next time. It is up to you to put them into place if you think it will influence the results for the next time. If you want to be respected by others, you should probably do the same to them (even if they do not show it to you. Be the bigger person)

Criticism is the pathway to success



Criticism builds character. It gives you an idea of what you need to do to get better at what you love or need to get done. You can ask questions. Find out what others think about your progress. Everyone who is successful, used criticism to build on what they have to get what they got. It takes a lot to stand there and listen to someone critique you. Talk about you, and review what you’ve done. Know matter what they say, you should benefit from the conversation. Whether it causes you to work harder or change a few ideas, it is all-beneficial in the process of being successful.


Why life is like crossing the street..

BeAwesome: Life is like crossing the street




I’ve talked about it briefly before. But I never broke down the importance of  looking first before involving yourself into a situation or occasion. What is this “first look” you ask. Well it is something we do (should do) before involving ourselves into something new.

Throughout life, things normally do not “just happen”. Of course during the odd time, something will happen that we are unaware of, or have no control over. But for the most part, we are aware of outcomes, and possibilities that may occur on a day-to-day basis. We have an idea of what may or may not happen.


We have 7 days in a week. 24 hours in a day. And a long year. We as society, are so busy. We get involved and carry out our professions and occupations every day, without realizing the time and months that pass by. Why slow down and look right? Today the average person finds him or herself wrapped into conversations, jobs, events and even experiences without really realizing the time and efforts that is taking place. We never stop to see first. Or just take a look. We try to climb mountains without knowing how high it is. We get into our cars and drive, without understanding the direction we are going. We eat food without realizing the temperature. In society we often forget to “look first”.

Something I’ve learned at very young age from my parents, is that “ you should always look both ways before you cross the street”. Now this may sound like a normal thing to do, but should remember to consistently look, every time we cross. Is their anything coming? Is it okay to step out, and make our way to the next street or sidewalk. What color is the traffic light? We forget to visualize the image of what may or could happen if we do not stop and “look” first. We just walk out in front. That is when we get ourselves into trouble. We forget to create a mental image. We forget to look first.

– Red Light: Stop: If you see the red light—–>Stop and think about what you are about to do. Are your prepared for what is about to happen next, after you cross the street. Are you mentally and physically ready for any type of outcome. Uncertainty. Failure. Disappointment. Love. Happiness. Change. Emotions. Anything can happen once you’ve made it across, it is up to you to figure out how you react to this outcome. Don’t be afraid to stop. Stopping simply means you are big enough to understand the situation and willing to think about it before you go forward.

Green Light: Go: If you see the green light—–> Go don’t look back. Confidently take this direction and move with a head of steam until you reach your destination. Be aware of the changes that may take place during this walk across the street. But again, be brave and confident that this is the right decision.

-Yellow Light: Yield: If you see the yellow light—–> Yield and step back. Be tempted but really think about what it is you are about to do. Is the temptation worth the risk or reward. Are you ready to make this big step. What and how will this affect you and the people around you. Why are you doing this. And what are my options now. And later. Yellow means take your time and think about what you really want to do. Seek advice and take a step back from the idea.




While growing up, and becoming a specific age, you have the freedom to make your own decisions. Sometimes we take this privilege for granted. When we were young, all of these decisions were made and decided for us. IT was easy. What color clothes we would wear to school. What was in our lunch boxes. Today is a little different. Today considers a first look at the situation. Or experience you are getting yourself into.

Be careful how you live, you will be the only Bible some people only read-  William J. Toms

Consider life-like crossing the street. Always look both ways before you get wrapped up into a situation you are unsure of. Unbalanced. Worry. Always be aware of the traffic lights that may cause you to stop, yield or go in a specific direction. First look at YOUR idea of satisfactory and what will make you happy from the outcome you are about to make. Cross carefully. And First look.