Journal entries are primarily meant to be personal reflection; therefore, they do not need to have formal formatting, simple paragraphs are fine. They should be at least three paragraphs long
(introduction, body, conclusion)
and fully answer the question asked. Citing the text in journal
entries is not required; however, if you do cite you need to include the reference at the end of the journal entry. Below is a sample journal entry:
Blaming others for our short-comings is human nature action.
Most people have a difficult time
identifying and accepting their short comings and taking the action required to change.
Growing to a point where you can “take 100% responsibility for your life”
(Reece, Brandt, & Howie, 2011, p. 21)requires
reflection and dedication. Though I strive to always take 100%
responsibility for my life there have been times when I did not do so.
When I was an account executive, I have a client who did not always pay his
bill on time. Though I knew I should immediately pull his commercials, I did not. I justified this to myself by foolishly believing he would pay me the next day as he had told me he would. He did not. He ended up owing the radio station $800. I felt s
ick. I knew I had not acted as I should have, but I justified my actions to myself by blaming him for not keeping his commitments and causing me
problems with my manager. The reality is, I should have killed his campaign immediately when he didn’t pay. Being afraid of my boss, or wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt where pushing the responsibility to someone else. It was myresponsibility to take the action I knew was required.
Getting to the point where we take complete responsibility for every action in our lives takes reflection and dedication. Reflecting on times when we did not take 100% responsibility for our lives is hard because it often means accepting unpleasant truths about ourselves
however, is necessary to grow
as a person and become more self
Reece, B. L., Brandt, R., & Howie, K. F. (2011).
Effective human relations: interpersonal and
Western Cengage Learning.
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