20 Journaling Prompts for Self-Discovery

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A few weeks ago I published what I think may be a runner up to being one of my most popular posts of all time, aside from the first sticky post I have on my site. Though that was related to blog post ideas for lifestyle and personal bloggers, I think this one will be as equally thought provoking and useful.

I’m a writer, it recently hit me that if I overcome my perfectionist self, understand blog stats do not equate to my worth as a human being and generally have a little more self-confidence, I can write for days on end. I can write about prompts, my life experiences, global issues, books, routines, anything and everything I can put my mind to. But I can also write for myself.

Journaling is a habit that I’ve spoken about on my blog before, it’s something that although I’ve fallen off the track a little, it brings me inner peace, it helps to physically capture the memories I’ve made, it helps me understand my thought processes, my reactions, my obstacles, my dreams, my hopes, my strengths and more. It’s essentially a brain dump where words spill over the page carving in things I don’t want to forget.

Yet journaling can be used not just to dump information but as a means to finding out more about yourself, it’s hard to wake up one day, open your notebook and list who you are and who you’re going to be, which is why I’ve created a list of prompts that help with discovering more about your inner self.

“Journal writing is a voyage into the interior” – Christina Baldwin.

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  1. What does your ideal day look like?
  2. What are your hopes and dreams?
  3. What does happiness mean to you?
  4. What do you need more of in your life?
  5. If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
  6. What are your best qualities?
  7. What is your dream job?
  8. In this moment, what are 5 things you’re grateful for?
  9. How have you changed in the last 3 years?
  10. What changes would you like to make to your daily routine?
  11. What is your favourite way to wind down after a long day?
  12. Who is your current role model?
  13. What are your goals for the next month?
  14. What limiting belief is holding you back from achieving your goals?
  15. What do you need to forgive yourself for?
  16. How do you add value to those around you?
  17. What makes you feel powerful?
  18. What does success look like to you?
  19. What brings you the most joy?
  20. What meaningful changes can you bring into your life?

These are a few of the prompts that I’ve used in my journal before that have helped me understand my inner self, to bring me closer to my goals and enable me to become the best version of myself possible.

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6 thoughts on “20 Journaling Prompts for Self-Discovery”

  1. When I was writing a journal, writing my emotions was the only thing that helped me continue writing it. Maybe I was having a big wave of emotions coming at me then. But there are, as you say, many ways we can achieve that habit.

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