Tracy Winchell

BASB <=> Purposeful Self-Reflection | CODE for Self-Growth

Published about 1 year ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader!

As much as you value self-growth, busyness too often intervenes.

Rather than respond to the “journal” section of your daily page, you skip past it on the way to “real” thinking.


Journaling doesn’t give you a narrow-enough constraint to respond in a sentence or two. You have no idea where to start!

You are as dedicated to self-growth as you are about building new thoughts around the knowledge you collect.

You know a regular self-reflection practice is the way to self-growth but it seems scary, complicated, or confusing.

Here’s the thing.

Your self-reflection system is already embedded in your second brain or some other personal knowledge management system!

Today you will learn how Tiago Forte's Building A Second Brain & CODE structure compares to the acquisition of useful self-knowledge.

Let's have a look!

CAPTURE: Keep What Resonates

Some journal entries are throwaways:

  • Venting
  • Morning pages
  • Healing from trauma

Keep what may be helpful, especially when looking for patterns of behavior.

ORGANIZE: Save for Actionability

Purposeful self-reflection is 100% about taking action on what you're learning about yourself.

DISTILL: Find the Essence

This is why Purposeful Self-Reflection works inside PKM systems.

Search functions help you look for patterns.

EXPRESS: Show Your Work

Showing your self-reflection work does not require a public airing of grievances.

Instead, you can show your work in more practical ways.

  1. Share your experience with someone who's struggling with a similar issue. What steps are you taking?
  2. Write a note to someone who has helped or hurt you. Share it, burn it. Doesn't matter.
  3. Live life differently.

Item 3 is my favorite way to express the results of your work. After all, isn't this the reason you strive to become an improved human being?

For those around you, yourself, and to live your purpose in this life?

Your Turn

What drives you toward a better version of you?

I'd really like to know.

Hit reply and I will respond.


Tracy Winchell

Creator of the Future Self Reflection Journaling Method

I use Future Self Journaling and AI to help you unlock your full potential and achieve lasting transformation ✨ | PKM | Age 50+ ADHD | Empowering individuals to create their best future selves | Ghostwriter | 🚢 Ship 30

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