37 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery

It’s important that we truly know ourselves. Writing in a journal not only helps improve the quality of our writing and helps us get things off our chests – it can be a great tool for self discovery. What is self discovery? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like – it’s knowing yourself down to the deepest parts of you. What is that you want in life? What can you improve? What makes you, you? Here are some journal prompts for you to use that will help you with self discovery 🙂 :

  1. What is one problem you would solve in the world if you could?
  2. Who are three people you admire most and why?
  3. What are the most admirable qualities you possess?
  4. What are your top 10 goals you wish accomplish this year?
  5. What is your greatest regret?
  6. Write a letter to future you.
  7. Write a letter to 15-year-old you.
  8. What are three things you want to learn?
  9. What are your greatest motivators?
  10. What are you procrastinating about doing and why?
  11. Describe your ideal day in lots of detail.
  12. What are the smallest things in life that you make you the happiest?
  13. Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
  14. Write down all the things that are troubling you right now and possible solutions to those troubles.
  15. Write about an event that had a significant impact on you.
  16. How do you think others would describe you?
  17. Imagine your life had a soundtrack – what songs would be on it and when would those particular songs be played?
  18. Write about something that deeply frightens you.
  19. Create a personal “motto” for yourself – experiment with different options.
  20. What color combinations personify you and why?
  21. What element do you think you are any why?
  22. Write about a time in your life where you exhibited strength.
  23. Write about a time someone helped you out.
  24. Write about a time where you helped someone else out.
  25. How would you change, right now, if you could?
  26. When your older, what things do you wish to have accomplished?
  27. Write down your age and then use that number to list all the life lesson you’ve learned.
  28. When do you feel the most confident?
  29. Write about a time you felt incredibly embarrassed.
  30. Explore your thoughts on various topics – use news headlines. Write about what your views on those topics are.
  31. Think of your life as a novel – who are the most prominent characters? (family friends..).
  32. Write about all the things you find inspiration in.
  33. What is a cause that you are very passionate about? Write about it.
  34. What are 3 thoughts you’ve had that you would never tell anyone?
  35. Make your ultimate bucket list.
  36. Where are the top 13 places you’d like to travel to?
  37. Describe yourself, beginning each sentence with the letters in your name.

Journaling can be a great way to unleash creativity, as well as get to know yourself better – identifying which things are the most important to you and what really matters to you. Get creative with your journal and explore the deepest parts of yourself – both the good and the bad.

Have a great week and don’t forget to share 🙂

Krissy October is a professional freelance writer, aspiring novelist and knowledge nerd who is dedicated to consistent self-improvement and finding clever ways to solve everyday problems.

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