“Your Journey” worksheets are designed to help you increase your
It is helpful to complete the worksheets in order—starting with Worksheet #1, “Embracing the Power of Your Emotional World”—to maximize the benefits of your journey. I encourage you to move through the exercises at a leisurely pace that feels right to you. Although it may be tempting to rush, magic often happens when ample time is made to process thoughts and feelings. Feel free to repeat a worksheet more than once to deepen your understanding and awareness.
“Your Journey” worksheets are not intended to replace psychotherapy and are to be used with gentle caution and care. You may wish to work independently, with a trusted friend, or within a safe and affirming confidential group setting. As psychological work can be activating, always consult immediately with your
“Your Journey” worksheets have been created with thoughtfulness and joy by Dr. Carla Marie Manly
All “Journey Worksheets” are the intellectual property of Dr. Carla Marie Manly and may not be reproduced in whole or in part for commercial use nor may they be altered or monetized in any way. This worksheet is adapted from exercises in Dr. Manly’s book Joy from Fear.
EMBRACING THE POWER OF YOUR EMOTIONAL WORLD
If you are wanting to feel more in touch with yourself and your emotions, this worksheet will lead you into creating a stronger connection with your emotional world. If you do not understand your emotions—and their benefits—it can be easy to feel controlled by their energy. On the other hand, if you tend to push down or ignore your emotions, they may feel foreign or frightening to you.
This worksheet will lead you into a discovery of the powerful beauty of all of your emotions. Indeed, each of the five emotions—fear, anger, sadness, disgust, or joy—is a powerful source of knowledge and energy. The work is getting to know your emotions—learning how to process them and use them productively. When learning to see that your emotions are one of your most valuable resources, you will find great power and ease in life.
Created with Joy by Dr. Carla Marie Manly
As with any psychologist work, always make sure that you are emotionally and mentally ready to embrace the “Your Journey” process. This gentle self-exploration is designed to build your inner awareness and personal freedom in a warm and inviting manner. Given the complex nature of the psyche, it is important to note that these worksheets are basic building blocks for your psychological growth. They are intended to help you begin your journey into great self-awareness, but you may find yourself called to explore additional work on your own, with a psychotherapist, or in a group setting.
FREEING YOURSELF FROM ANXIETY AND DESTRUCTIVE FEAR
It’s all too easy to get stuck in negative patterns that create a sense of feeling immobilized by anxiety, depression, stress, and a wide assortment of destructive fears. If you feel as if your days are spent swimming in a sea of internal distress, this worksheet will help you find relief. As you become more in touch with your fears, you may find that you feel greater inner freedom and peace.
You will see that destructive fear—the irrational fears that keep you mired in self-doubt, worry, and anxiety—holds you back in life. You will see that constructive fear—the wise, inner voice that wants you to become your best self—becomes stronger when you attend to it. Your life will begin to change with the power of transformational fear as you take slow and steady steps to remove blockages and act in ways that feel—and are— healthy for you. In this process, you will begin to live a life that is free of forces such as anxiety, doubt, depression, and worry. Slowly and steadily you will create the life of your dreams.
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Unhealthy patterns can be hard to change, yet I encourage you to trust that you have the ability and power to shift into healthy ways of being. Please be patient with yourself and your process; it takes time, patience, and diligent perseverance to create positive change. It took many years for negative thoughts and behaviors to form, so it’s important to be kind and patient with yourself as you create healthy new patterns. With steady, patient effort, your life will change for the better one tiny step at a time. With love and faith in your heart—and my work as a gentle guide—you can create the life of your dreams.
BUILDING YOUR SELF-ESTEEM
Strong self-esteem is the foundation of a joyful, empowered life. Without solid self-esteem, you may struggle with a chronic inner voice of self-doubt and even self-loathing. Low self-esteem may leave you feeling unlovable, anxious, and depressed. You may find yourself retreating into a gloomy world where you feel small and invisible. On the other hand, you might find yourself masking low self-esteem with an people-pleasing attitude, a false “happy face,” showy behavior, or self-absorbed tendencies. In short, low self-esteem often results in a sense of not being your best self—or even knowing what your best self might look like.
This worksheet will help you understand the nature of self-esteem and the unique meanings it holds for you. It will also help you begin to build your self-esteem so that you feel more in tune with who you are and who you want to be.