Journaling can be an incredibly powerful tool for personal discovery. It can help you see your thoughts, emotions and desires in a way that’s difficult to do otherwise. It can lead to action steps to move you in the direction of your goals. In this blog post, I’m going to share 19 journaling prompts for self-discovery and give tips for starting and maintaining a journal.
19 Journaling Prompts for Self-Discovery
- What are some things you want to achieve in the next year?
- What were some of your favorite childhood memories?
- What is your ideal life like?
- What are some things you’re grateful for in your life?
- What are some of your biggest fears and how do you deal with them?
- What are some things that make you happy?
- What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
- What’s something you want to change about yourself and why?
- What is your definition of success?
- How do you define happiness?
- Do you think money can buy happiness?
- Do you think people should live for others or themselves?
- Should people always tell the truth even if it hurts someone’s feelings?
- Is there anything holding you back from living your best life?
- Do you think everyone deserves a second chance?
- Are there any unsolved mysteries in your life that bother you?
- Have you ever done something that goes against your morals?
- Should people be judged based on their actions or their intentions?
- Is there anything in your life that you regret?
Tips for Starting and Maintaining a Journal
If you’re looking for a way to nurture your creativity, relieve stress, and gain clarity on your life goals, journaling may be the perfect activity for you. But getting started with journaling can be daunting – where do you begin?
Here are some tips to get you started on your journaling journey:
- Choose the right format for you. Whether it’s a plain notebook, a pretty bullet journal, or a digital app, find a journal that feels comfortable for you to use.
- Set aside some time each day (or week) to write. Even just 10-15 minutes will do. And if you miss a day, don’t worry – just pick up where you left off.
- Brainstorm some ideas before you start writing. What do you want to focus on? What are some things you want to explore? Having a few prompts in mind will help get the creative juices flowing.
- Be honest with yourself. This is your personal space to express whatever thoughts and feelings come up – no one else needs to see it (unless you want them to). So let it all out!
- Keep it simple. You don’t need to make your entries complicated or fancy. Just write from the heart and see where the words take you.