How honest are you? I’m not talking about the little white lies we all tell from time to time (like when I tell my husband I absolutely will remember to hang up the laundry), but rather how honest we are with our selves. Perhaps you have dreams or desires you’re not sure how to express, or maybe you avoid confrontation and would like to be truer to your inner feelings and beliefs but don’t know where to start. Being true to our selves can feel risky, by being honest we open ourselves up to criticism and rejection, two of the feelings we tend to fear the most.
Honesty isn’t a right or wrong choice, it is not the inverse of lying (at least not in this context), rather its about understanding what our true feelings are about a situation and trusting them. You know the saying ‘trust your gut’, it’s that. It’s knowing deep down that you are making the right choice for YOU and that it’ll be totally ok if things don’t work out.
To be honest you need to explore what your true feelings are and the type of person you want to be, which in itself is a hugely overwhelming prospect. Most days I don’t know what I want for breakfast, let alone what type of person I want to be. There thought of it alone has me spiralling into an existential crisis, I mean where do you even start?! With a Be Honest Journal as it turns out.
Journalling is an opportunity to get all the ‘stuff’ in your head out and on paper so that is stop consuming you and you can start working through it all. Thoughts and ideas that had been all over the place aren’t quite as overwhelming when you see them in black and white, and it gets a bit easier to get some clarity. It sounds so simple, but the idea of just throwing out thoughts onto paper can feel really overwhelming, which is definitely something I’ve struggled with in the past. The Be Honest Journal helps you navigate this block using prompts that get you to meditate on your feelings and dig deep to uncover what you really believe in a way that’s really constructive. The Journal is structures in a way that means you can complete as much or as little as you want at any time, there’s no guilt if you don’t finish the whole section in one go and it encourages you to work with the emotional energy you have.
The Be Honest Journal is an amazing tool if you want to dig deeper into who you are and go on a journey of self-discovery. Every prompt has a purpose and helps facilitate honest self-inquiry, while also giving you to the space to express your inner thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental way. If you’re looking to really explore who you are and get really honest with yourself then get a Be Honest Journal, it’s an invaluable guide to learning more about who you really are and living your best life.
Be Honest: Your Journal of Self-discovery by Kate Adams is published by Octopus Books and is available to buy on Amazon for £12.99 and is available in all good booksellers from 5 March 2020.