Someone I know is struggling with her direction in life, what career she wants to pursue, but is not taking any action to figure it out. Perfectionism turns into procrastination, which turns into paralysis.

I suggested that she create a “for my eyes only” journal so that she could feel completely safe with her writing.

“Write down all the times you were happy in your life, what you were doing, what was happening. Then write down all the times you were unhappy and the things that were going on. Is there a pattern? Follow the clues from when you were happy. Distinguish between “make busy” events and events you entered purposefully. What is the fear behind any avoidance or running away.”

Journalling can be an effective means of receiving guidance through patterns we see emerge, giving us the opportunity to capitalize on the healthy ones and let go of those that keep us stuck and unhappy.