In this blog post, you will find a categorized collection of journal prompts for self discovery.
One of my most popular posts this time of the year is my End of The Year Reflection Questions + Year End Review.
A lot of people (including myself) like to use the transition from an old year to a brand new, shiny, untouched new year as an opportunity to stop and reflect.
And while that is awesome, I’ve got to give kudos to those of us that also love to reflect and ask ourselves the hard questions all throughout the year.
If you do this via journaling, I have a real treat for you today…
Over 60 journal prompts specific to self discovery and personal development.
Let’s get into it.
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62 Journaling Prompts for Self Discovery
The lovely thing about journaling is that it provides you a safe space to comb through your life and your mind with a fine toothed comb. A private opportunity to craft an evolved version of yourself.
Need a place to start?
Themed journal prompts for self-reflection & questions for self discovery will help you narrow the focus of your writing so that you can laser in and be specific with your self-analysis.
The following prompts for self discovery are organized into the following categories:
- Passion & Purpose
- Strengths & Weaknesses
- Dreams & Goals
- Values, Emotions, Joys, Sorrows
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Uncovering Your Passion and Purpose
These ‘Who am I‘ journal prompts will guide you on a journey to discover your most authentic self. This set of questions will lead you to think about what inspires you as well as contemplate the motivation behind your decisions and actions.
- What is it that makes you excited to get up in the morning?
- What do you love doing when no one else is around?
- When was the last time you felt like you had an important contribution to make? What was it? What made it feel so significant?
- Describe a day when you did something extraordinary.
- What do you want to accomplish most in life?
- What kind of person do you think God created you to be?
- What movie or show represents how you feel about your life? What about it captures the essence of you the most?
- If a book was written about you, what would the title be? Write a summary to describe the book’s contents.
- What would you do even if you couldn’t get paid for it?
- What would you only do if you got paid for it?
- Describe a spiritual experience that you have had.
- Free Association: Write down whatever comes to mind about the following words – identity, goals, desire, direction, begin
Discovering Your Strengths and Weaknesses
One of the most popular ways to start answering self discovery writing prompts is to examine your strengths and weaknesses. The following journal prompts will help you untangle your strong points from your not-so-strong points.
- What is the most common thing people compliment you on?
- How would you describe yourself to a friend or family member?
- What do you admire most about your best friend? (Many times, we admire in others what we are weak in ourselves).
- What do you consider your biggest weakness?
- Describe something that scares you.
- How do you handle change? Describe one time you handled it well and another time you didn’t handle it so well.
- What do you tend to spend too much time on?
- What do you tend to spend too little time on?
- When do you feel the most creative?
- What part of your body is the strongest? What about the weakest?
- Something about you that you would want your children to emulate is ….
- What are the things about you that you would never want your children to copy?
- Who is your biggest champion? Who do they say you are?
- Who is your biggest critic and why? What do they say about you?
- Free Association: Write down whatever comes to mind about the following words – opposite, outside, slow, respect, blue
Identifying Your Dreams and Goals
What is your dream job? How do you picture your dream life? What will it take to achieve it? Do you think you have what it takes?
These self awareness prompts are to examine your ambitions, your plans and to take a look at the gap between where you are now vs where you wish to be.
- If in 10 years, your life were to be exactly as it is now, would you be satisfied? If yes, explain why. If no, think about what you want to change and what steps you’d need to take to make that change happen.
- What do you think you’ll regret not having done?
- What one thing do you feel is standing in the way of you achieving your dreams? What could you achieve if that obstacle didn’t exist?
- Describe your ideal job position.
- In 5 years, do you see yourself at the same job you have now? Does that thought bring joy or disappointment?
- Describe an opportunity that you regret not taking advantage of.
- What does a successful life mean to you?
- Make a list of all of your achievements.
- Name one way that you self-sabotage your progress. (Dig deep and identify at least one).
- Free Association: Write down whatever comes to mind about the following words – idea, soul, create, work, beginning
Reflecting on Your Values, Emotions, Joys, and Sorrows
The following self discovery journal questions will help you to examine your principles and the things that make you tick.
- What is your happiest memory from childhood?
- What saddens you the most?
- I feel the most rested when I ……….
- What emotions are you most uncomfortable with feeling? How do you cope when those emotions arise?
- What do you think is the most precious gift God gives us?
- What is the hardest emotion for you to work through? Why?
- Reflect on where your current attitude towards money comes from.
- In what environment(s) do you feel the most accepted?
- How do you cope with disappointment?
- What questions do you hate to be asked?
- What do you wish to tell your future self?
- Free Association: Write down whatever comes to mind about the following words – self, new, question, sun, free
Investigating Your Relationships
Our lives don’t exist in a vacuum; the people in our lives shape us. This last set of journaling prompts for self discovery will help you to explore how you operate in your relationships, what roles you play within them and how those bonds define you.
- Who do you find most trustworthy in your life? Why do you feel like your secrets, emotions, etc are safe with them?
- Do you have friends who support you unconditionally?
- What are three qualities you look for in a good friend? Do you possess those qualities yourself?
- Name 3 people you admire. What do you admire about them?
- What is the most important relationship in your life right now?
- Who is the most difficult person in your life right now? Do they affect you negatively? Does that need to be addressed?
- In what ways are you similar to your parents? In what ways are you different from them?
- Describe your relationship strengths.
- In what ways does your family of origin affect your current family structure?
- Write a letter to someone that you have an unstable relationship with. What would you like to tell them?
- What relationship in your life (past or present) has changed you the most significantly?
- What assumptions do people tend to make about you?
- Free Association: Write down whatever comes to mind about the following words – silence, core, home, memory, different
How to Use These Journal Writing Prompts to Maximize Your Self-Discovery
If you’ve ever wondered if journaling actually helps with self discovery, I encourage you to just jump in and try it.
You will find that diving into these deep writing prompts about life will bring you self awareness, which will in turn lead to self improvement….if you make a commitment to do the work.
It starts with a change to your mindset, which you can work on using affirmations, meditation, journaling and counseling.
Your mindset can then affect your behavior and daily routine through conscious hard work and practice, which I believe is within your capacity!
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Aren’t these some awesome best journal prompts for self discovery?? Now, break open that notebook and dig deep!