50+ Journal Prompts for Self Reflection

Posted September 10, 2020 by Thirty-Something Angie in Lifestyle / 1 Comment

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Need to clear your head? Check out these journal prompts for self reflection and personal growth to help you get the pen moving.

Writing is a great way to clear your head and come up with new ideas. Even if you’re not a writer, keeping a journal is a great way to get in touch with yourself. Think of it as one of those deep, sobering conversations with a friend. You know, the ones where you stay up all night spilling all of your secrets and making big plans?

Yeah, a journal is like that. Only, it’s a conversation with yourself, instead. It’s a place to approach those tough questions, work out your emotions, and make big plans for the future. And, even better, you’ll have it to look back on forever.

One of my favorite things to do is look back on my old journals and see what I’ve accomplished. Not the angsty teen ones, of course. Those stay locked in a box in the garage. But, as I’ve grown, I’ve shared my hopes, dreams, thoughts, and plans through various journals, and looking back, I can remember specific times when I was hoping and praying for what I have now.

The problem is, if you don’t regularly open your journal, it can be hard to figure out what to write about. As adults, we don’t want to accidentally have a “dear diary” type moment, and we want something more interesting than a general list of what we’ve accomplished. That’s where these journal prompts for self reflection come in!

Use them for those days when you just don’t know what to talk about. And, don’t forget to save a copy to refer back to regularly!

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Journal Prompts for Self Reflection

  • Describe your perfect day. What would you do? Who would you spend it with?
  • What is your dream job? Is that what you’re doing now? Why or why not?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Where do you see yourself in 3 months? 6 months? A year? 5 years?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What’s something that’s been on your mind lately?
  • How do you feel at the end of the day? Productive? Worn out? Stressed? Explore.
  • What makes you feel the most motivated? Why?
  • Take a personality quiz. What do you think of the results?
  • What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
  • Write a letter to your body thanking it for keeping you alive.
  • Describe your three favorite ways to fill your cup and take care of yourself.
  • Write a letter to your 18 year old self. What would you say?
  • If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?
  • What’s something you haven’t done that you wish you had? What’s stopping you?
  • If you could be president for one day, what would you change?
  • What qualities do you think your friends admire most about you?
  • Who do you appreciate most in your life right now? Write about them!
  • Write down your favorite quotes, and then describe how they relate to your life.
  • What has become more important to me in the last month? What has become less important?
  • Who has really made an impact on my life this year?
  • What made you laugh last?
  • Did you say “no” to anything today? How did that make you feel?
  • Did you say “yes” to anything today? How did that make you feel?

More Journal Prompts

  • List ten things that make you smile
  • What are 5 things you are grateful for this week?
  • How have you changed in the last 5 years? Are you where you thought you’d be? Why/Why not?
  • Who has had the biggest influence over you this year? What have they taught you?
  • If you could re-live any experience in your life, what would it be?
  • What are your top 3 goals in life? How will you achieve them?
  • What are you most scared of?
  • Who inspires you?
  • Write a list of 99 things you love.
  • If you had a theme song, what would it be?
  • What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  • Write down your bucket list.
  • Write about a book, movie, or song that had a huge impact on you.
  • What do you wish others knew about you?
  • Write a letter to your son or daughter for them to open as an adult.
  • If you could have one super power, what would it be? Why?
  • What do you want to be remembered for?
  • What has been your favorite book to read this year? Why?
  • Name 4 little things that always make you happy.
  • Describe your dream vacation.
  • What is the best advice you were ever given?
  • If you had a magic wand, how would you use it?
  • Write about the most outrageous thing you have ever done.
  • Who would be upset if I tried ______? Why is that holding me back?
  • What is one thing I wish I could do differently? Why?
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Boost Your Journaling Practice With These Prompts!

Sometimes when we sit down to journal, our minds go completely blank. I know this is especially true for me when I’m out of practice. It’s just something about the blank page that gets me!

Be sure to save a copy of these journal prompts for self discovery. That way next time you need an idea, you’ll have plenty to pick from!

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One response to “50+ Journal Prompts for Self Reflection

  1. This is absolutely a fantastic way to analyze your personal growth. Though I am more comfortable in pouring out my concerns to my friends, journals are an excellent way to have a self-reflective perspective. Thanks to you, I have already started to fill up my journals, and I think I understand my lifestyle a little better and why my decisions could have been better.

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