I recently did a journal for teachers to reflect on their work role. How many of us do this, reflect on our work? I wrote the journal looking at reflection from a teacher's role, what their experiences of the day were and how could they change areas for the next time.

That made me think that people still have not grasped how important reflection is. Reflection is so powerful and growing further and I think it is a habit that could be encouraged further. Writing in journals is huge in the States and I think the UK is following closely behind but could improve. I feel we have not yet built the habit and routine of journaling writing to improve on any aspects in our lives. From diet to work to hobbies to personal development, all huge and relevant for improvement. Journaling has not been pushed enough yet for people to realise how brilliant it is to be the best you can be.

Journaling is not like writing a diary, it is 5 mins to think about some key areas that could be different for the next day, continually moving forward in any areas of life people would like to change. I write journals based on coaching and the recurring themes people talk about in my sessions. I hear the same coming from my supervision sessions these days with coaches. My frustrations which I notice and pay attention to is people still don't grasp and act hence this blog discussing journaling again.

I think there are a lot of procrastinators out there that need the guide to drive them forward. Hence writing a journal on turning procrastination into action planning. We have always written journals and found them to be most beneficial personally. The key is to create a habit then you will always write, those 5 minutes at the end of the day could be the best learning from the day. We have a best seller with parents' reflection on themselves daily as a parent, this has gone down very well in the USA because people want to do the best for their kids. It is the same feeling want to do the best whether it is to get rid of the inner critic, to getting the best from the driving lessons to confidence, speaking up in meetings, and positivity. All very powerful topics to work on, I think grabbing the lead in your life leads to success and growth, letting live lead you do not always bring the same results.

The power of journaling, try it and see how you get on with it, start the habit now. Take control and lead yourself to improving 'you' I promise you will feel so much more energised by doing this.

You can see our journals available on Amazon here.  Ralph and I are really excited about how our journals are going to develop people personally and professionally.

Claire Moody is our head coach at Target Training, and you can read more about her here.  She delivers training on all personal development, coaching and numerous training the trainer courses.