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75 Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery

75 Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery written in a journal on bed with coffee and book
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I love journal prompts. They provide a great space and focus for thinking points and make your entries a little more creative. The ideas I’ve come up with today are mainly journal prompts for self-discovery, which for me personally, is one of the main reasons I enjoy journaling. One, because it gives me a record of my own evolution and second because it provides a quiet thinking space for considering yourself. Self-awareness does wonders for your self-growth, in order to improve something, you need to know how it already works, after all. It’s a real challenge to be brutally honest with yourself, but the more you do it here, the simpler it will become to be confident, authentic and open with yourself and others.

I’ve left these journal prompts for self-discovery purposefully open-ended. I wanted to encourage you to take the prompt in the direction that makes the most sense to you, so your mind can wander and interpret it how it fits you best right now. I love watching people grow, but I think sometimes it can be a little difficult to see our own evolution, as a slow, constant process. If you enjoy these prompts, make sure to bookmark the post and come back again sometime to answer the prompts again – you might be surprised how quickly your answers change.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

  1. How would you like others to describe you?
  2. What qualities do you want to have?
  3. What roles do you enjoy playing in your life and which do you dislike? (eg. friend, daughter, doctor, etc.)
  4. What are your priorities? What order are they in?
  5. Where does most of your time go?
  6. Where does most of your energy go?
  7. What’s the most difficult choice you’ve had to make, what did you choose and why?
  8. Write your top 10 of your travel bucket list
  9. What’s your best outlet? Physical/mental/creative
  10. Who do you seek advice from?
  11. What always makes you smile?
  12. Who’s your favourite fictional character? Why?
  13. What is your biggest fear? Why does it scare you?
  14. What have you always felt drawn to/enjoyed?
  15. How do you think your childhood interests have led to your interests today?
  16. What makes you feel heavy?
  17. How do you want to feel every day?
  18. What are you grateful for?
  19. Who would you love to meet? What would you speak to them about?
  20. What are milestone goals for you? (eg. landing X job, starting a business, having kids, moving somewhere, etc.)
  21. How often do you give 100%? Where could you do this more?
  22. What’s your favourite quote(s)? You can never have too many 🙂
  23. What does success mean to you? (don’t be afraid to talk money – it’s not the be-all, but it can be a driver!)
  24. What do you like about yourself? Physically? Personality-wise?
  25. Name 10 small things that you appreciate having around you
  26. What little action can you do to make today better? How can you work that into every day?
  27. What are you focussing on in life right now?
  28. What are your daily habits?
  29. What’s something you looked up recently and why?
  30. What are your coping mechanisms? What do you tend to do when stressed, challenged, confronted, etc?
  31. How do you show affection?
  32. What good habits would you like to start?
  33. How do you like to receive affection?
  34. What would your spirit animal be?
  35. What drains you?
  36. Are you more extraverted or introverted?
  37. What brings you true joy?
  38. Name a book/show/film/song/etc. that spoke to you – why did you relate to it?
  39. What makes you feel light?
  40. How can you show somebody else more love?
  41. How can you show yourself more love?
  42. What helps you wind down?
  43. Who or what inspires you?
  44. What is something you haven’t forgiven yourself for (yet!)?
  45. Who do you admire? What do you admire about them?
  46. Do you feel drawn to a religion, philosophy or spirituality? Why?
  47. What would you like to learn more about?
  48. Which subject do you miss from school?
  49. What are your goals for the month?
  50. What does your ideal day look like? Food, movement, activities, environment, times, music, smells, anything! (See if you can turn this into a daily routine!)
  51. What risks have you taken that have gone well? Which have gone badly?
  52. What do you believe happens after death?
  53. What bad habits do you want to kick? Here’s how!
  54. What hobbies would you love to start? What hobbies would you like to give more time to?
  55. What’s your biggest insecurity? If you can’t choose one, list a few and see if they have a common link or cause.
  56. What are your guiding principles?
  57. If you were famous for a quote, what would it be?
  58. What lesson have you learned recently?
  59. Where do you see yourself in six months? Where do you see yourself in six years?
  60. What do you consider to be your biggest achievement?
  61. What’s your favourite charity to donate to and why?
  62. What does confidence mean to you? This might seem like a strange question, but I’ve seen my own definition of confidence change so much that I think it’s interesting to consider.
  63. What are your five best qualities as a worker?
  64. How do you spend a whole day alone?
  65. What makes you jealous?
  66. When was the last time you were embarrassed, what caused it?
  67. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
  68. What are you good at in relationships?
  69. The classic: what three things would you take to a desert island? And what one person would you invite with you? (your basic needs are covered and I promise the person you bring won’t get hurt!)
  70. What recurring patterns do you see in your dreams? Dream journals can be really interesting too!
  71. What five things can you do this year to push your comfort zone?
  72. What’s on your bucket list?
  73. What is your favourite childhood memory?
  74. What memories have you made lately?
  75. Finally, but not least importantly, what makes you unique?

I hope these journal prompts for self-discovery bring you some interesting discussions with yourself. If you’re not one for journaling, you could even discuss these with a friend, out loud to a camera or just as something to think about. Feel free to drop your answers or other suggestions in the comments below!

Happy journaling. Love, Ella-Rose xx

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  • Pam

    There is definately a lot to know about this issue. I love all the points you have made. Abigail Dorian Charlton

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