I’ve been embarking on this experiment to publish weekly journaling prompts on my blog for 12 weeks now. Since I started, I have heard from a number of people that they enjoy these posts. It’s always nice to get positive affirmation. It’s also really helpful to get constructive feedback.
As I reach out to you for feedback about these blog posts, I also want to share a bit of my process…specifically how I used my journal! So, here it is, a picture of my journal where I wrote some questions for me to reflect on in preparation for asking for feedback…these are coincidentally the basis of the four reflection questions I am sharing with you today (you’ll notice they’ve been edited to have a more general application)!
Your journal = the ultimate momentum making machine.
Giving constructive feedback is an art form. There are all kinds of formulas out there, like sandwiching two positive remarks between a negative one. That’s only going to help you so much…to give and get constructive feedback I suggest you start with the end in mind, be specific and show compassion.
Allow me to take you through my own reflections about getting your feedback on this blog as an example of how you might use your journal to prepare to give or get feedback!
What am I trying to accomplish? What’s my vision for success?
Your journal = the ultimate momentum making machine. Misfit Entrepreneurs are empowered to turn their dreams into reality because I am helping them use their journals to gain clarity around what it is they truly want, what’s keeping them from it (usually we are our own worse enemies), and to plan how they’re going to make it happen.
What specific theories/ideas am I testing?
I have a hypothesis that Misfit Entrepreneur’s want to experience transformational growth. They want to write in their journals to do that. They need inspiration, accountability and camaraderie to see those intentions through. And my blog is aiding in their efforts by providing actionable ideas for journaling.
What would I like to know about my readers experience?
- Are these blog posts helpful to you?
- How are you using these reflection questions/journaling prompts?
- What, if anything, would you change about these reflection questions/journaling prompts?
- What questions do you have for me about journaling that you would like me to address in this blog?
- Bonus questions – do you prefer calling these Journaling Prompts or Reflection Questions?
How can you give me feedback?
- Comment on the blog here (and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of my book, A Misfit Entrepreneur’s Guide to Building a Business Your Way)
- Email me directly
So, there you have it and in real time. I have found that when I write something in my journal I’m a lot less likely to procrastinate and more likely to reach my goals. I have been meaning to ask for feedback about my blog experiment for a few weeks now…it took a client requesting that I show their team how to give constructive feedback to prompt my own journaling reflections for the blog!
My journal gives me a place to get started. As you can see with the journaling prompts I shared, my ideas (and plans) are likely to evolve and change from their initial starting place in my journal. That is in fact part of the point, to think, experiment, reflect, learn and grow means to change…but in order for that to happen you have to get started!
Ponder these four reflection questions in preparation for getting or giving better feedback:
- What are you trying to accomplish?
- Who are you seeking feedback from and why?
- What, specifically would you like feedback about?
- How can someone you give their feedback?
What’s Rosabella Consulting Up To?
We just completed a private journaling workshop with Steve Kane of Steve Kane’s Sales and Consulting, LLC where Ariana showed him how to turn his journal into the ultimate momentum making machine! Here’s what Steve says about the experience:
“I attended a private journaling workshop with Ariana this afternoon. I came away not only with some great ideas, but what I learned about myself, it’s not hard to journal… Anybody can do it and I am proof. I am an organized person, but Ariana helped to focus me on planning and organizing more than what I thought. In other words I now have an easier and better way to write down thoughts, through Brain Dumps, trust me you will love it. Lastly the Q exercise was fantastic. I am planning to do it with my employees as well as the manufacturers I work with. I would highly recommend attending one of the EntrepreNerds Journaling Workshops.”
Steve Kane, President, Steve Kane’s Sales and Consulting, LLC