Are you ready to create your own vision of a successful and fulfilling life?
Then you’ve come to the right (write!) place.
I’m Elle Turner, a writer and a Personal Development and Success Journaling coach. I’ve combined my eight years of writing fiction, 20 years working in HR and extensive Personal Development research and exploration to create what I call Success Journaling, a creative, fun and powerful tool for self-development to help you feel more fulfilled and have a positive impact on your world through writing.
Does this sound familiar?
- You know you could do so much more with your life, but you’re stuck. You’re creatively stifled and unsure what to tackle first.
- You’ve spent so long focusing on your family that you’ve forgotten who you are as an individual and you haven’t had time to even try to remember.
- You feel guilty because you’re already very lucky and wonder if you’re being selfish and self-indulgent for even thinking there could be more to life for you
- You regularly decide you’re probably just greedy and berate yourself for a while. You then return to “normal” until the desire for something more weaves its way into your heart and mind again.
And so it goes on.
I understand these feelings so well and they’re not great, are they?
For so long I felt like that and spent my days feeling unfulfilled, dissatisfied and lethargic. I didn’t know how to stop feeling that way or, indeed, if it was possible to stop at all.
(Long story short, IT WAS!)
So, what did I do?
I turned to writing – both fiction and journaling. I’d already journaled off and on for years and, as an introverted, stationery-loving bookworm, didn’t know what to do other than to turn to a blank notebook to “think things through”. Without really realising what I was doing initially, I began to get to know myself better. I learned how I react to situations, clarified what I want and don’t want and made inroads into shifting the balance of my life towards what matters to me most.
You can read my story here but, the short version is, I developed a practice of Journaling for self-development and now my journal is my lifelong, life-enhancing companion.
Whenever I want to CREATE a change to better my life, THINK something through or, most importantly, EXPLORE and shift the unhelpful mindset and thought patterns that hold me back, putting pen to paper is always my first step.. And what’s more, this Success Journaling can be creative and it’s FUN.
Think of the main character in a book you love.
Broadly speaking, chances are that, at the beginning of their story, they want something from life that they haven’t got, but that really matters to them.
Throughout their story they grow and change, learning more about themselves and who they are along the way.
By the end of the story, even though it’s not been without challenge, the character’s life is enhanced, they feel achievement, a sense of peace or happiness originally missing from their days and you know they’re going to move onwards and upwards from there.
That’s a simplistic way to describe one possible character arc but, when you think about it, a story needs its protagonist to learn, act and grow or the story just isn’t as good as could be.
The same is true of our own life story.
You are the main character in your life story and you’re too important to leave your happy ending to chance.
As a writer and bookworm, I love to think about the parallels between life and fiction. That’s why my method of Success Journaling uses the principles of fiction (such as character, setting, dialogue etc) as a structure for working on our self-development.
How fun is that?!
This isn’t about a fictional character, though, this is about real, live, wonderful YOU. Everything you need to create your something more is already within you and, through Success Journaling, you can bring it out.
But, for sure, it’s easier said than done and, as with everything, there are pitfalls we’d all prefer to miss. The temptation, I’ve found, when striving for personal growth, is to jump in and straight away think only about everything you want to DO differently in your life.
That’s what I did, but I realised (so much later than would have been helpful) that I’d neglected almost everything to do with my “inner” life. More important than figuring out what I wanted to DO was figuring out how I needed to view myself, my strengths and my beliefs to enable me to do anything comfortably. For a long time self-sabotage, doubt, fear and worry ruled my mindset, certainly nowhere near my vision of personal success and fulfillment. But journaling through my personal development research, to find what resonated with me and what didn’t, came to my rescue. I discovered that with a supportive mindset as a foundational springboard for success, the DOING becomes so much easier. That’s why attention to mindset and our inner dialogue forms a part of my Success Journaling practice and a part of what I want to share with you here.
If you’re ready to take charge of your future and fulfil the potential you know you have within you, get your FREE copy of How to stop feeling guilty for wanting something more from life. This guide and the journaling exercises inside are designed to help you make an important mindset shift that will help you as you embark on your personal development.