Positive thinking

September 01, 2017

Positive thinking

As our mental health series of blogs comes to an end, we look at how writing and journaling can help boost positive self-development. We also wanted to share a few tips of our own about how you could use your journal to try and change negative ways of thinking.

As people, we are really good at focusing on the negative things people say - it tends to stick in our heads for years. This can often have an influence on reaching our goals because we put the negatives to the front of our minds which can make personal and professional development seem like a challenge. But the truth is everyone makes mistakes, even those who are experts in what they do (it’s how we learn). Yes, we need to embrace and learn from feedback that isn’t so great, but there’s a flip-side too.

We all receive nice comments and compliments all the time but we’re less skilled at remembering these! A journal is a really nice way to keep a record of these, not for vanity reasons but because it’s healthy to note the good things we do, the people we’ve helped and the positivity that comes our way. Life’s about balance, after all.

So if you are new to journaling, here are some ways we like to use our notebooks to cherish our positive feedback and use it as fuel to take us to where we want to be.


Daily journaling

We are strong believers in the idea that keeping a daily journal can help ease our frustrations and act as a tool from which to learn from in months and years to come. It doesn’t matter how much you write and what you write, but what is important is to try and record at least one positive thing each day. Everything from receiving a thank you to a compliment about your appearance or how radiant your smile is…just make a note and take comfort in the positivity.

Note it

If a daily journal isn’t your thing, try using our FlipFlop Pocket Notebook to keep a note of positive feedback or the things you feel proud of having achieved. Keeping a pocket notebook on you is a great way to have easy access to some motivation as and when you need it!

Draw it

As much as writing can help us remember things better, visual stories can be more effective for others. If this is you, creating a table of positive feedback could work nicely in the gridded section of your journal. You could also use drawings to represent how you feel about them or get creative with coloured pens in the plain pages section.

Turn a negative into a positive

Not every negative has to be bad and actually help us to learn and grow. Try to use this feedback to help you improve going forward by writing a note-to-self about how you’d do something differently next time for a more positive outcome.


We believe that writing and journaling is the best self-help tool available and would encourage as many of you as possible to use writing as an aid to rationalise your thoughts, achieve more and give yourself the credit you deserve.

Happy journaling.

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